Category: Health Care

Johns Hopkins University and DuPont have signed license and collaboration agreements allowing DuPont to commercialize a garment to protect people from the Ebola virus that has resulted in 11,000 deaths. DuPont intends to have the first of these garments available in the marketplace during the first half of 2016 to help with the treatment of…

Dover, Del. — Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart released Delaware’s Qualified Health Plan rates for Plan Year 2016.  Weldin submitted her approved rates to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in August. CMS, which has final authority on the rates, approved them on Sept. 21. Stewart recommended approval of a 22.4% rate increase…

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say St. Francis hospital in Wilmington has agreed to a $4 million settlement related to improper Medicare and Medicaid billing. The settlement announced Tuesday involves improperly billing Medicare and Medicaid for patients admitted into a Wilmington inpatient rehabilitation unit between 2007 and 2010 when admission was not medically necessary…

Delaware farmers take precautions against avian flu

By Christi Milligan As waterfowl begin their migration south, poultry farmers say they’re hopeful the journey doesn’t include a Delmarva pit stop, keeping the industry free from the highly pathogenic strain of the avian flu that has decimated 48 million birds to the west. But they’re preparing just in case. Georgie Catanza, a Dover farmer…

Children & Families First is expanding the scope and volume of its community-based therapy for Delaware’s  families thanks to a $267,800 grant from Highmark Delaware. CFF delivers human services to individuals and families, including children and/or parents with biologically-based mental health disorders, to crime, substance abuse, domestic violence, truancy, conduct disorders and more, according to…

A.I. has a new niche: Pediatric genetic testing

By Kathy Canavan Piper Lee had just celebrated her first birthday when her doctors told her parents genetic testing was the best way to pin down whether the doe-eyed toddler had a rare genetic kidney disorder called Denys-Drash Syndrome. Timing was crucial because Denys-Drash causes kidney failure and leads to the growth of a cancerous…

Delaware ranked third for state support of arts Delaware Arts Alliance (DAA) shared the findings of The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ (NASAA’s) State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2016 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. The report shows that Delaware is third in the nation for the Per Capita State Arts Agency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016. DAA…