National Guard CNA Program to Address Workforce Shortage, Championed by DHCFA

DHCFA joined with the Delaware Hospital Association to advocate for training National Guard as CNAs to address the workforce crisis in long-term care, using a model program that has been successful in Minnesota. The governor authorized this program in the state of emergency. National Guard will receive classroom training at Delaware Technical and Community College,… Read More

Governor Carney Issues State of Emergency in Response to Winter Surge

In response to burgeoning COVID-19 cases in the state, Governor John Carney declared a state of emergency for Delaware effective  January 3 at 5 pm. The declaration gives the Delaware Division of Public Health and Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) the power to make, amend, and rescind orders, rules, and regulations under Title 16 for… Read More

Governor Carney Signs Universal Indoor Mask Mandate

Public mask mandate takes effect Tuesday, January 11; School mask requirement also extended; Additional members of the Delaware National Guard deployed to assist with non-clinical operations inside Delaware hospitals Governor John Carney on Monday signed a revision to the State of Emergency declaration, requiring Delawareans to wear masks in indoor public settings, including convenience stores,… Read More

CMS to Begin Posting Staffing Data on Compare Care Website

On Friday, January 7, 2022, CMS announced that it will begin posting the following information for each nursing home on the Care Compare website: Weekend Staffing: The level of total nurse and registered nurse (RN) staffing on weekends provided by each nursing home over a quarter. Staff Turnover: The percent of nursing staff and… Read More

CMS Issues Visitation FAQ Amid Winter Surge; Mechanism for Pause

As the Omicron-inflused Winter Surge has caused a steep climb in COVID-19 cases, CMS issued a visitation FAQ that provides a mechanism for a pause in rare outbreak situations. CMS reminded nursing homes that visitation is a patient right, and they must: Adhere to the core principles of infection prevention, especially wearing a mask, performing… Read More

REPORT: Nursing Homes Down 221,000 Jobs Since Start Of Pandemic

Long term care industry facing worst job loss among all health care providers  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released a report today… Read More

Biden-Harris Administration Issues Emergency Regulation Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers

The Biden-Harris Administration is requiring COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The emergency regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today protects those fighting this virus on the front lines while also delivering assurances to individuals and their families that… Read More

AHCA/NCAL Issues Policy Statement on Vaccination of Long-Term Care Personnel

On July 29, AHCA/NCAL issued the following statement on COVID-19 vaccinations of long-term care personnel: AHCA/NCAL Issues Policy Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations of Long-Term Care Personnel The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and other long term care facilities across the country, released the… Read More