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COVID, flu, RSV case rise could mean holiday tripledemic

Betsy Price Health, Headlines

  As the number of cases of three winter respiratory viruses rise sharply in Delaware, state officials on Monday asked residents to take action to protect themselves and their families. Gov. John Carney compared the increasing numbers of COVID to rises at this time in 2020 and 2021, leading into the holidays. State health officials would like to avoid a …

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Delaware’s top doctor to step down

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Dr. Karryl Rattay will leave her post as director of the Delaware Division of Public Health on June 30.  Rattay took the job in 2009 during the swine flu pandemic. She is currently the nation’s longest-serving public health director. “It has been the greatest honor of my lifetime to serve Delawareans in this role,” Rattay said Friday. “I am grateful …

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New CostAware site compares bills for state hospital services, stays

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  A new state website compares the average costs for different kinds of services at Delaware hospitals, based on actual medical claims. But don’t get too excited about the comparisons on CostAware. None of the information is tagged to a specific hospital, although in a few cases, it’s easy to guess which institution the information came from. Without any IDs, …

Carney allows McGuiness to hire outside lawyer for Medicaid audit

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathy McGuiness has been granted permission to hire outside counsel in her office’s ongoing subpoena case with the Department of Health and Social Services. Her office has been trying since May to get DHSS to hand over documents necessary to complete a performance audit of the agency’s Medicaid eligibility programs. McGuiness says she’s faced obstacles while conducting audits …

Del. health department marks 100,000 substance abuse treatment referrals

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Katy L. Pack/Getty Images The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services has surpassed a milestone of 100,000 Delawareans to substance use and mental health services. Referrals are made through the Delaware Treatment and Referral Network, conducted by the agency’s Division of Substance Use and Mental Health. Delaware is the first state to make more than 100,000 referrals using the …

Delaware sees 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases four days in a row

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Delaware broke its all-time record for new daily cases of COVID-19. One day later, it broke the record again. Photo by Sam Johnson/Pixabay. The day after Delaware broke its all-time record for new daily cases of COVID-19, the record was broken again. On Christmas Eve, 1,587 Delawareans tested positive for the virus. The previous state record was 1,393 on Dec. …

State to replace Smyrna Hospital for Critically Ill

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware Hospital of the Chronically Ill, from Google Maps Street View   Delaware will spend $50 million to replace the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna with a state-of-the-art 72,000 square foot facility. The project, which will be funded through federal COVID relief funds, will create 250 to 300 construction jobs. The hospital’s main building originally opened in …

Delaware auditor asks for subpoena to force DHSS to provide Medicaid info

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s state auditor says she wants to know what DHSS has to hide about Medicaid. Photo by Scott Graham/Unsplash   State Auditor Kathy McGuinness has filed a subpoena to force the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services to produce documentation and access relating to their approval and denial of Medicaid applications. DHSS has since filed a motion to quash …