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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new data showing that Delaware, among other states, has reduced its avoidable hospital readmission rates since 2010. The improvement follows the implementation of various CMS programs and initiatives to improve the quality of care, chief among them the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

A partnership between Christiana Care Health System and Westside Family Healthcare looks to reduce a shortage of primary care physicians in some Delaware communities. 

Did you know that people who have diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—feel the heat more than people who don't have diabetes?

Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect your sweat glands so your body can't cool as effectively. That can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.

The pervasiveness of diabetes in the state of Delaware is growing at a rapid pace. According to HealthyDelaware.com, the prevalence of diabetes has almost doubled, from 4.9 percent in 1991 to 9.9 percent in 2013.

With temperatures expected to rise into the 90’s this week, with heat indexes ('feels like') over 100 degrees, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds residents to take precautions. Hot weather can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and severe respiratory conditions, which can be fatal.

Mirroring national trends, Delaware is seeing an alarming surge in overdose deaths related to fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin.

State officials are trying to tighten down regulations controlling how - and how often - Delaware doctors can prescribe opioid painkillers.

The goal, they say, is to help prevent addiction issues among Delawareans by limiting access to these drugs on the front end, tackling a problem that sees someone die in the state every two days on average from an opioid overdose.

It also dovetails with new guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 22 is American Diabetes Alert Day and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, healthcare providers and community organizations in Delaware to raise awareness, share information about how to lower risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn to best manage their condition for a healthier life.

Today, the American Lung Association released its 14th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that finds that in 2015 Delaware had mixed results on tobacco control policies that will save lives. The report also finds that most states and the federal government earned poor grades, and the high level of youth use of tobacco products other than cigarettes threatens to undermine the United States’ overall progress in the fight against tobacco-caused death and disease.

States’ health care systems improved more than they declined, and access to care expanded across the nation, The Commonwealth Fund’s latest Scorecard on State Health System Performance finds. 
 

November is American Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, health care providers and stakeholders to prevent and reduce the incidence of diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries in Delaware.

Network will collaborate to reduce hospital infections and improve care for heart failure patients in Delaware, Louisiana and West Virginia.

More than 1,900 providers and 300 community partners collaborating for better health, better care and lower costs

Latest vaccination coverage estimates for adolescents show only small increase for HPV vaccine


According to a Modern Health article, Delaware has become the 29th state to require health insurers to pay for telemedicine after the state's governor approved an updated law regulating the virtual services. But some say the legislation lacks a distinction that could diminish the cost-saving benefits of telehealth.

While technology knows no bounds, the same could not always be said for important medical test results. Until very recently, Delaware residents being treated on the Maryland Eastern Shore did not have the benefit of having medical test results electronically delivered to their Delaware physicians and updated in the state’s community health record, the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN.)

As part of its efforts during National High Blood Pressure Education Month, the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) hosts the Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves annually in May.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for Stage 3 meaningful use—the next step in the implementation of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

During the same time, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced its proposed 2015 Edition certification criteria for health information technology (IT) products.


The Delaware Association for Home & Community Care (DAHCC) will host its Annual Conference on April 15, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Delaware Diabetes Coalition has established a scholarship to provide financial assistance to high school seniors who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and who are planning to attend further education in an accredited higher education program.

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