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US Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Robert McDonald will visit the Wilmington VA Medical Center Monday, March 2, 2015. McDonald will be joined by Congressman John Carney and Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons as he tours the facility and meets with veterans.

The number of Delaware flu fatalities this season has risen to 23, the Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today. With a total of 2,172 lab-confirmed flu cases to date, Delaware is close to exceeding the highest number of lab-confirmed flu cases in ten years, including in 2009-2010 when H1N1 was common. DPH is urging people to still protect themselves from the flu and check in on friends and loved ones who are elderly or have underlying medical conditions.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network will be hosting the National Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention webinar on Wednesday, February 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. CT. Register Now.

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals; Continued Improvements Needed

CDC report, released Jan. 14, 2015, provides first snapshot of state efforts to prevent MRSA and deadly diarrheal infections

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is putting out an urgent call for donations.

Because of the first state’s flu epidemic, many people aren’t eligible to donate blood. Blood Bank spokesman Michael Waite says that fact, combined with the long holiday season, have contributed to the shortage.

- See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71583-blood-bank-delmarva-puts-urgent-call-donations#sthash.j6MTntsI.dpuf

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is putting out an urgent call for donations.

Because of the first state’s flu epidemic, many people aren’t eligible to donate blood. Blood Bank spokesman Michael Waite says that fact, combined with the long holiday season, have contributed to the shortage.

- See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71583-blood-bank-delmarva-puts-urgent-call-donations#sthash.j6MTntsI.dpuf
The Blood Bank of Delmarva is putting out an urgent call for donations. Because of the first state’s flu epidemic, many people aren’t eligible to donate blood. Blood Bank spokesman Michael Waite says that fact, combined with the long holiday season, have contributed to the shortage.

All of Delaware's major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season.
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf
All of Delaware’s major hospitals are taking steps to combat a nine-fold increase in the amount of flu cases so far this season. - See more at: http://www.wdde.org/71533-state-hospitals-respond-seasons-dramatic-rise-flu-cases#sthash.fCgrcgIW.dpuf

Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in the United States declined 14 percent from 2005 to 2011, but rates varied widely by geographic region, according to a new statistical brief from AHRQ. 

Read the full brief to see how the Northeast region compared.


(News Journal - Dec. 16, 2014)  Federal officials announced Tuesday that Delaware has won a $35 million grant to test its health care innovation plan, part of a $665 million pot of money meant to improve the quality of care and lower costs.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,113 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories to recognize health center quality improvement achievements and invest in ongoing quality improvement activities. The health centers receiving awards today are proven leaders in areas such as chronic disease management, preventive care and the use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to report quality data.

Vaccine not a good match for mutated strains circulating now, officials say

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 7-13. This national health observance was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services today shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.  This progress toward a safer health care system occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals throughout the country to reduce adverse events.

Time to Get the Flu Vaccine   (11/21/2014)

The flu vaccine is your best protection against seasonal flu.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule (Medicare PFS) Final Rule. The Final Rule includes updates to PQRS measures and payment adjustments for professionals who do not report quality data.
 
Dr. Dan Mingle, a nationally-recognized expert on PQRS, will extract the key changes in the Final Rule as they relate to PQRS and give you a concise overview of this complex program.

Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) reports the first flu-related death of the 2014-2015 flu season. The individual was an 83-year-old woman from Sussex County who died on November 17, 2014. Infection with influenza A was later confirmed by the Delaware Public Health Laboratory as part of the state's surveillance efforts.

Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network this November during National Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month to raise awareness about diabetes, diabetic eye disease, the importance of early disease detection, and the related preventive health services covered by Medicare.

Visit the online dashboard to view Delaware's progress on the Million Hearts® ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation).

According to DelawarePublicMedia, Delaware health officials have confirmed 11 reported influenza cases for the 2014-2015 flu season.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two initiatives to improve the quality of post-acute care. First, the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes will improve consumer information about individual nursing homes’ quality. Second, proposed new conditions of participation for home health agencies will modernize Medicare’s Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation to ensure safe delivery of quality care to home health patients.

New initiative will support networks that help doctors access information and improve health outcomes

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