Category: Health Care

The deadline to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace is December 15. Those who meet the deadline and pay their first premium will receive coverage by January 1, 2018. Nearly 9,000 Delaware residents had signed up through the exchange as of earlier this month. For 2017, more than 27,000 people enrolled for coverage. “We urge…

Beebe Healthcare has selected a number of design, engineering and construction firms for its planned expansion this year. The downstate healthcare system plans to use what’s called Integrated Project Design for the construction of new facilities and services at three of its campuses. The approach allows firms working on the expansion to collaborate and communicate…

The General Assembly recently launched the Behavioral Health Consortium to develop an action plan for substance abuse and mental health treatment. We talked with Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long about the effort’s progress so far. What are some of the gaps addressing the addiction epidemic and mental health issues in Delaware? In Delaware, we have a…

Fasenra, AstraZeneca’s add-on maintenance treatment for patients with severe asthma, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. Fasenra is approved for patients 12 and older with an eosinophilic phenotype, but not for the treatment of other eosinophilic conditions or relief of acute bronchospasm or status asthmaticus. AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said this is the first…

Delaware doctors have written fewer prescriptions for opioid drugs since the enactment of new regulations by the Department of State earlier this year. The rate has dropped 12 percent, according to the Division of Professional Regulation, compared to the first quarter of 2017. The overall number of patients being treated with opioids has dropped eight…

By John Stapleford Guest Columnist Over the last decade (2006-2016) government health insurance money has been flooding into Delaware. Medicare payments to Delaware households have jumped 82 percent and Medicaid payments 104 percent. This can’t be sustained. During calendar year 2016 total revenue to the Medicare Trust Fund was $290.8 billion and total expenditures were…

Saint Francis Healthcare, based in Wilmington, announced today that Daniel Sinnott will become president and CEO as of November 13. Sinnott is currently the senior vice president for business development. “In today’s complex health care environment, Dan’s exceptional leadership and broad health care experience will help Saint Francis continue to deliver people-centered care in the Wilmington…

(AP) — State finance officials are advising caution as lawmakers consider legalizing recreational marijuana use in Delaware. At a task force meeting Wednesday, officials noted that any regulatory structure the state might set up could be pre-empted by federal law, and that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains a staunch foe of legalization. Using data…

Delaware is keeping a team of lawyers on hand to investigate and potentially sue opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the national health crisis. Attorney General Matt Denn announced yesterday that the Delaware Department of Justice has retained a team of national lawyers to tackle the issue. “The goal is very simple,” Denn…

Concierge patients pay for more time with doctors

By Peggy Mika Special to Delaware Business Times Concierge or membership medicine is a growing trend among primary-care providers. The physicians who practice this style of care say it energizes primary care in Delaware by letting them practice medicine in a meaningful way again. The doctors we spoke with had been seeing 3,000 to 5,000…