CMS Approves Delaware’s 1135 Waiver Application

March 27, 2020 — Director Stephen Groff announced that Delaware’s Divison of Medicaid and Medicare Assistance today received approval its requested Section 1135 waivers. Among the waivers are: Temporary suspension of Medicaid fee-for-service preauthorization requirements Extending pre-existing authorizations for which a beneficiary has previously received prior authorization through the end of the public health emergency Suspension of pre-admission screening... Read More

Trump Administration Approves 34th State Request for Medicaid Emergency Waivers

March 27, 2020 — Under President Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved its 34th state Medicaid waiver request under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.  Granting these waivers is made possible by the President’s national emergency declaration to ensure that CMS is providing state partners with the maximum flexibility needed to care for... Read More

Senate Passes Stimulus Package, Goes to House for Consideration

March 26, 2020 — On March 25, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748), which now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. Of note to skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, the stimulus includes: A temporary suspension of Medicare sequestration cut $100 billion fund for eligible health care providers Deferral... Read More

Beware of COVID-19 Online Scams

March 26, 2020 — The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information, using fake vendors advertising the availability of products in short supply, or donating to fraudulent charities or... Read More

YMCA Delaware Mobilizes Emergency Childcare

March 25, 2020 — The YMCA is mobilizing emergency child care in Northern Delaware at its Bear-Glasgow, Brandywine and Central YMCA locations, and in Southern Delaware at our Sussex YMCA in Rehoboth Beach location to open on Monday, 3/30. As the need increases, they will look at opening other sites.  Essential staff will be able to go to the... Read More

CMS Prioritizes Surveys For Next Three Weeks

March 24, 2020 — CMS announced yesterday that it is prioritizing surveys by authorizing modification of timetables and deadlines for the performance of certain required activities, delaying revisit surveys, and generally exercising enforcement discretion for the next three weeks. During this timeframe, the only types of surveys that will be prioritized and conducted are  Complaint/facility -reported incident surveys Targeted... Read More

Governor, DEMA, DPH Emergency Declarations Relax Regs to Allow for More Healthcare Workers in Delaware

March 24, 2020 — As cases throughout the state jump, Governor Carney issued an updated Public Health Emergency declaration along with a DEMA/PPH joint declaration that relaxes some health care worker regulations to prepare for the surge. During the emergency, healthcare workers who hold licenses in other states will be permitted to work in Delaware without additional testing, students... Read More

We Want Your Stories!

March 24, 2020 — Both DHCFA and AHCA are asking for your stories that highlight the positive things providers, residents, and staff/caregivers are doing in this extraordinary time. AHCA is publishing a special edition of daily news clips to highlight these stories from across the nation. DHCFA is also planning  feature these stories in social media. If you have... Read More

LLAM Annual Training Renewal

March 24, 2020 — Annual LLAM UAP training renewals for March and April may be postponed for two months or more depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, Pamela Zickafoose, Executive Director of the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, stated. Any questions can be directed to her office at 302-744-4500.