16. a. The New Jersey Essential Health Services Commission created pursuant to P.L.1992, c.160 (C.26:2H-18.51 et al.) is abolished and all of its functions, powers and duties, except as herein otherwise provided, are transferred to the Department of Health on the effective date of this act.
b. Whenever, in any rule, regulation, order, contract, document, judicial or administrative proceeding or otherwise, reference is made to the New Jersey Essential Health Services Commission or the officers thereof, the same shall mean and refer to the Department of Health or the officers thereof.
c. This transfer shall be subject to the provisions of the "State Agency Transfer Act," P.L.1971, c.375 (C.52:14D-1 et seq.).