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Manual COVID-19 Testing Reporting Options

May 9, 2022 — The Bureau of Public Health Informatics has issued a Manual COVID Reporting Options guide. The guide includes contact information for various reporting methods. Covid Reporting Onboarding

CMP Money Available for Portable Fans and Air Cleaners With HEPA Filters

May 5, 2022 — The Division of Health Care Quality announced that LTC facilities may request up to $3,000 in  Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Reinvestment funds to purchase portable fans and portable room air cleaners with HEPA filters to increase or improve air quality. The $3,000 per facility includes shipping costs.  COVID-19_In-Person Visitation Application Template_02.17.22 COVID-19_In-Person Visitation Application FAQ_02.17.22... Read More

Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Milford Wellness Village Featured in the Delaware State News

April 13, 2022 — DHCFA provider member Polaris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, located in the heart of the Milford Wellness Village, was featured on Delaware State News, both online and on the front page of the Monday, April 11, 2022, issue.  Delaware State News highlighted the exciting developments at Polaris, including the opening of its state-of-the-art second phase, the... Read More

CMS Issues Proposed Rule for PPS Fiscal 2023 update

April 13, 2022 — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) fiscal year (FY) 2023 update. AHCA pulled out the following highlights: The proposed rule provides for a net market basket increase for SNFs of 3.9 percent beginning October 1, 2022, but for a proposed... Read More

PeachTree – BIADE Partnership Featured in Cape Gazette

April 12, 2022 — DHCFA Member PeachTree Health Group has partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Delaware to enhance the services delivered to individuals living with traumatic brain injury. PeachTree offers assisted living for adult with traumatic brain injury, as well as day rehabilitation for adults with brain injury.  The Cape Gazette featured the partnership in a recent... Read More

Governor Carney Issues Revision and Formally Extends Public Health Emergency

April 8, 2022 — Governor Carney on Thursday issued a revision to the Public Health Emergency order and extended the order another 30 days to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs, ​and to allow continued staffing flexibility at hospitals and long-term care facilities. This does include the flexibility in the 3.28 ratio as well as the use of... Read More

New Castle County COVID-19 Memorial Event Planned for May 11

April 8, 2022 — As of March 18, there have been 1,368 COVID-19 deaths in New Castle County.   On May 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Glasgow Park Hermitage Area, New Castle County will hold a Day of Remembrance in honor of New Castle County residents who lost their lives to COVID-19.   In addition to the ceremony, support resource... Read More

CMS Returning to Certain Pre-COVID-19 Policies in Long-term Care and Other Facilities

April 8, 2022 — CMS is taking steps to continue to protect nursing home residents’ health and safety by announcing guidance that restores certain minimum standards for compliance with CMS requirements. Restoring these standards will be accomplished by phasing out some temporary emergency declaration waivers that have been in effect throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). These temporary... Read More

CMS Finalizes Medicare Coverage Policy for Monoclonal Antibodies Directed Against Amyloid for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

April 8, 2022 — Decision Follows Robust Stakeholder Input and Creates Pathway for Enhanced Access and Coverage of Drugs that Receive Traditional FDA Approval On April 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a national policy for coverage of aducanumab (brand name Aduhelm™) and any future monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid approved by the FDA with... Read More