DPH Updates LTC Testing Guidance

The Delaware Division of Public Health released updated Testing Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities on October 12. The guidance includes an update definition of “facility Staff” to include employees, consultants, contractors, volunteers, and caregivers who provide care and services to residents, and students in a nurse aide training programs or from affiliated institutions. Download the… Read More

Medical Society of Delaware Telemedicine Guidance

The Medical Society of Delaware has released guidance for telemedicine services in the state. This covers Department of Insurance guidance and guidance from insurers Aetna, AmeriHealth Caristas, Cigna, CMS Medicare, DMMA Medicaid, Highmark BCBS, and United Healthcare. Also included are the Delaware Telehealth Coalition and ERISA Plans. The guidance is available here.

CMS Issues Opportunity for Long-term Care Providers to US CMP for Visitation Requipment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is allowing long-term care providers to use Federal Civil Money Penalties (CMP) to purchase equipment to facilitate safe in-person visitation spaces to help fill residents’ psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Facilities may apply for and use up to $3,000 in CMP dollars to purchase tents for outdoor… Read More

LTC Facilities May Reopen Visitation With Approved Plans

The Delaware Division of Public Health and the Division of Health Care Quality announced that its COVID-19 Reopening Plan for Long Term Care Facilities will allow visitations to resume based on each provider’s status, as determined by three stages. Providers must submit written plans, and receive approval of the plans, from DHCQ for visitations to… Read More

SBI Accepting LTC and Home Care Walk-ins for Fingerprinting During August

For the month of August, the State Police is accepting LTC and Home Care as walk-ins at their Dover location. Monday-Friday 8:30am-11:45am and 12:30pm-3:00pm. Walk-ins will be seen after their scheduled appointments, so there may be a wait. If the new hire already has an appointment they should either keep it or when arriving at… Read More

Gov. Carney Creates Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Initiative

Governor John Carney on Monday signed Executive Order #43, creating the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Training Initiative to assist Delaware workers and their families who have lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The workforce development program will initially be funded with $10 million of federal CARES Act funding. Investments in workforce development… Read More

SBI Opens Saturday Fingerprinting For Healthcare Staff

The State Bureau of Investigation will be offering Saturday walk-in services at their Dover Blue Hen Corporate Center location for healthcare staff on the below dates/times: Saturday, July 18th 8:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, July 25th 8:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, August 1st 8:00am – 12:00pm Upon arrival, clients must: Maintain social distancing guidelines, which includes maintaining… Read More

CMS Point-of-Care Initiative Announced, All SNFs to Receive Testing Devices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has announced that all SNFs will be receiving a point-of-care testing device for COVID-19. In a conference call to with nursing homes. On the call. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said that this program was a direct result of feedback from AHCA/NCAL and providers nationwide on challenges to accessing… Read More

Delaware Reopening Phase 2 Set for June 15, Extends State of Emergency

Governor John Carney announced that Delaware’s Economic Reopening Phase 2 will go into effect on June 15.  During this phase, locations currently operating at 30% of fire occupancy requirements may move to 60% of fire occupancy requirements, indoor gatherings are permitted with a 50-person limit with social-distancing measures, and fully outdoor gathers can have up… Read More