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Health Care Quality

Our Division has three main sections dealing with long term care and acute/ambulatory licensing and certification, as well as investigations.



What's New?

The Delaware Division of Health Care Quality - New Castle County Offices Have Relocated
Date: February 28, 2022


The Current Addresses For DHCQ Are:


Division of Health Care Quality - Newark Office of Long Term Care:

The Cambridge Building - University Office Plaza

263 Chapman Road, Suite 200

Newark, DE 19702-5408

Phone: (302) 421-7400

Fax: (302) 421-7401


Division of Health Care Quality - Milford Office of Long Term Care:

The Windsor Building

24 NW Front Street, Suite 100

Milford, DE 19963-1440

Phone: (302) 424-8600

Fax: (302) 424-2939


Division of Health Care Quality - Office of Health Facilities:

The Cambridge Building - University Office Plaza

263 Chapman Road, Suite 200

Newark, DE 19702-5408

Phone: (302) 292-3930

Fax: (302) 292-3931

Fax: DHSS_DHCQ_OHFLCFax@delaware.gov



To: Delaware Certified Nursing Assistants
Date: Updated 2022


If you have any questions, please call the Division of Health Care Quality at 302-421-7410 (New Castle County



Additional updates will be forthcoming.



INTERAGENCY TRANSFER FORM

On February 14, 2018, Governor Carney signed House Bill (HB) 208 into law. HB 208 amended 29 Delaware Code, Chapter 79, Subchapter VI to mandate the use of an Interagency Transfer Form, for exchange of information between health-care agencies and facilities regarding consumer, resident, or patient health conditions and care needs to ensure ongoing quality of care and consumer, resident, or patient centered care for the consumer, resident, or patient in any care setting.

Providers licensed by the Division of Health Care Quality as skilled nursing or assisted living facilities are required to utilize the Interagency Transfer Form are required to utilize the Interagency Transfer Form beginning January 6, 2020.

Providers licensed by the Division of Health Care Quality as skilled nursing or assisted living facilities are required to utilize the Interagency Transfer Form are required to utilize the Interagency Transfer Form beginning January 6, 2020.


An Interagency Transfer Form does not need to be completed by a hospital system if:


The Division of Health Care Quality stands ready to work with your facility to implement these requirements. Feel free to contact us by e-mailing Corinna Getchell at Corinna.Getchell@delaware.gov with any questions or further guidance.


The Division of Health Care Quality stands ready to work with your facility to implement these requirements. Feel free to contact us by e-mailing Corinna Getchell at Corinna.Getchell@delaware.gov with any questions or further guidance.


CONGRATULATIONS TO DELAWARE HOSPITALS !
Per the U.S. News and World Report, Delaware hospitals rank #1 for Hospital Quality. The full article of the Health Care Quality Rankings can be found here: U.S. News - Best States for Health Care Rankings Page.

BACKGROUND CHECK CENTER (BCC)
There has been an ongoing, nationwide concern, about people's privacy. Both of our Federal and State partners are increasing the number of restrictions placed on our system and how the information is accessed. Based on ever evolving rules and regulations and after a recent review, the Division of Health Care Quality has drafted a new list of disqualifiers. This list is similar to the list used by the State of Delaware, Board of Nursing, in that it encompasses a number of similar offenses used to qualify potential employees. We understand that people make mistakes. Further, that these mistakes should not be held against a person for unusual amounts of time. With that in mind we have grouped the offenses in to six different time constraints. 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years and No limit. These new time constraints will help give you more confidence in our evaluation of an applicant's conviction history and ultimately your decision to hire. We believe that the adoption of this list will better serve the users of the BCC and safe guard those vulnerable people we all wish to help.

195th GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEGISLATIVE REVISIONS
The legislation recently signed into law was contained in four (4) separate bills: HB 195, HB 196, HB 208 and HB 225. To find these bills, go to the Delaware General Assembly page. A majority of these revisions included the Division name change, Divisional authority, definitions, replacing of outdated terms, and style/grammar related revisions. Here's a recap of the 195th General Assembly Legislative Revisions.



House Bill (HB) 219
Revised the language in 16 Del.C. §122(3)(y and z) to be consistent with terminology used by accreditation organizations and other states, replacing the term "invasive medical procedure" with the term "office-based surgery". In addition, this Act clarifies the definition to ensure that all facilities that perform such procedures do so in a safe and sanitary environment. Finally, HB 219 adds a requirement that the approved accreditation organizations shall report, at a minimum, findings of surveys and complaint and incident investigations, and data for all office-based surgical facilities to the Department.


House Bill (HB) 91
The Division of Health Care Quality representatives attended the Senate vote on June 5, 2019. HB 91 updates the definition of hospital, raises the fees associated with hospital licensing, and imposes an additional fee for plan reviews prior to construction or renovation of hospitals. The bill was passed and has been signed by the Governor on June 26, 2019.


Free Standing Emergency Department Regulations
The update to the Free Standing Emergency Department regulations are complete. The regulations are scheduled to be published as proposed July 1, 2019.


Office-Based Surgery Regulations
The regulations were published as proposed June 1, 2019 and were open for public comments until July 1, 2019. One comment which supported the regulations was received. The regulations are effective August 11, 2019. .


Emergency Preparedness

In preparation for an impending weather emergency:


In the event of a storm or other disaster, for the City of Wilmington, New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County, always contact your Emergency Management Coordinator first.

Please visit the DHCQ Emergency Preparedness page for additional information.


Delaware Music and Memory

Millions of aging Americans living in long-term care facilities face cognitive and physical difficulties and have left behind their familiar surroundings, familiar faces, and even their favorite music. Despite the best efforts of loved ones, their lives often lack meaning, spontaneity, choice, and reliable social interaction. Delaware Music and Memory, provides personalized music for residents in long term care facilities. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.

Ongoing research and evaluation of Music and Memory's work in care organizations shows consistent results:

To see the benefits of this program watch the following videos





Please visit the DHCQ Music and Memory Facebook Page for more information.


Long Term Care Licensing and Certification
 


State of Delaware Long Term Care Regulations

As new regulations are developed and existing regulations are updated, public hearings are held to obtain comment from the community...



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Licensed Nursing Homes

This includes Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and also shows which facilities have Medicare / Medicaid certification...


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Licensed Assisted Living Facilities

The Division of Health Care Quality is responsible for licensing all long term care facilities in Delaware including Assisted Living Facilities...


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Compare Delaware Nursing Homes

This online tool provides detailed information about the past performance of nursing homes that are Medicare or Medicaid certified...



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Certified Nursing Assistant Registry

The Division of Health Care Quality is responsible for the training and testing program for CNAs andfor the CNA Registry...


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Investigative Section
 
 


Criminal Background Checks


The Delaware Code requires the facilities / agencies to complete criminal background checks on persons applying for a position in a nursing home or home health agency...


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Complaint & Incident Reporting

DHCQ receives information pertaining to possible abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and / or financial exploitation of residents in long term care facilities...


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Adult Abuse Registry Search

A person's name on the Registry is based on a civil finding of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, financial exploitation, or a combination of those findings...


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Mandatory Drug Testing

All applicants for employment in long term care facilities and home care agencies must submit to drug testing, according to State of Delaware law...



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Acute & Outpatient Care Licensing and Certification


State of Delaware Acute/Outpatient Regulations

As new regulations are developed and existing regulations are updated, public hearings are held to obtain comment from the community...



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Hospital Compare

This online tool provides detailed information about the past performance of hospitals that are Medicare or Medicaid certified...



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State Licensed Facilities

DHSS licenses facilities to ensure quality healthcare. Facilities include...




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State Licensed Agencies

DHSS licenses agencies to ensure quality healthcare. Agencies include...




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Acute/Outpatient Applications and Forms

Licensure applications and forms for Hospitals, Home Health Agencies...


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