Fingerprinting Update

Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ) will be hosting two temporary locations for ink fingerprinting. Fingerprinting will be by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted.  The temporary fingerprinting locations and procedures are as follows: New Castle County: DHCQ, 263 Chapman Road, Cambridge Building, Suite 200, Newark, DE 19702 Sussex County: Adams State Service Center,… Read More

Abbott BinexNow Test Kit Program

REPORTED BY AHCA/NCAL Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities continue to receive or are eligible to receive free monthly shipments of Abbott BinaxNOW over the counter (OTC) COVID-19 test kits from the department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This program, which has been in place since 2020, will continue through at least the… Read More

Long Term Care Podcast With Guest Paul Smiley, Gilpin Hall

Paul Smiley, Executive Director of Gilpin Hall, spoke with host Peter Murphy Lewis about “Resisting the Avalanche of Homogenization at Gilpin Hall” on Long-Term Care Heroes Episode 89, March 13.  Subscribe here to listen: Peter spoke at DHCFA’s Education Afternoon and Holiday Social in December, interviewing Foulk Living’s Leslie Johnson (See article here), DHCFA’s… Read More

COVID-19 NHSN Booster Reporting and COVID-19 NHSN Vaccination “Up to Date”

By Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA, Harmony Health Care The COVID-19 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Booster Reporting is a reporting program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to provide real-time data on COVID-19 cases, outbreaks, and testing in health care… Read More

Foulk Living’s Executive Director Johnson Guests on LTC Heroes Podcast

It is no secret that the long-term care industry has been struggling with staff shortages since the pandemic. However, Foulk Living is an exception, as team members enjoy every single day on the job. This success can be attributed to strong leadership that prioritizes the physical and emotional health of caregivers and provides a relaxed… Read More

QuantiFeron-TB Gold Plus testing offers accuracy in health monitoring for patients

By Dr. Rita Khoury, Lab Director, Aculabs Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). A person infected with MTB might end up with TB disease with clinical, radiographic, and microbiological evidence of tuberculosis, or will have no clinical evidence of TB disease and would be considered latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI); however, about… Read More

CMS Issues FY 2023 SNF Final Payment Rule_AHCA Response Statement

On July 29, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for skilled nursing facilities under the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2023. In addition, the final rule includes updates for the SNF Quality Reporting Program… Read More

AHCA Releases Report Highlighting Unprecedented Economic Crisis in Nursing Homes

High Operating Costs and Stagnant Recovery Could Mean More Nursing Home Closures, Threatening Access to Care for Seniors Correction (3/14/22): A key finding of the report (percentage of residents living in financially at-risk nursing homes) has been updated to reflect a projection by CLA, not a current statistic.  The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today released… Read More

Manual COVID-19 Testing Reporting Options

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