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Report: Even with pandemic aid from feds, hospitals struggled to break even

The Delaware Healthcare Association released a 2022 Community Benefits Report. that showed the impact of Covid-19 on the bottom lines of hospitals that account for more than one in ten jobs in the state. The report finds that Delaware hospitals and health systems provided nearly $978 million in "community benefit spending" to our communities in Fiscal Year 2020. This...

eBrightHeath says its work reduced Medicare health spending by $7 million

The eBrightHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reduced health care spending by $7 million in  2021 and, with new reporting requirements, earned a quality score of 82.1%. That’s based on recently released performance data by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The ACO has earned approximately $3.5 million in shared savings. This is the second consecutive year shared savings have...

Review of death records points to 27 Covid-19 deaths

A total of 28 deaths were reported from Covid-19 in a state update posted on Labor Day weekend, with more than 180 people in the hospital for treatment. Twenty-seven of the deaths came from a review of vital statistics records, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Of those who died, 10 were residents of New Castle...

Covid variant booster shots could be available after Labor Day holiday

Delaware could see its first shipments of a booster designed to fight off Covid-19 variants as soon as Friday. On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization to Pfizer and Moderna for their new bivalent boosters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) advisory committee meets Thursday and Friday to discuss specifics regarding who should receive the...

Viewpoint: Why the ChristianaCare-Crozier deal fell through

Author sees chance of Delaware hospital system being acquired by Highmark by C.D. Casscells, M.D., Center for Health Policy, Caesar Rodney Institue, Glasgow (The opinions expressed here are those of the author and not Delaware Business Now) The second week of August 2022, the planned take-over of the Crozer Health (four hospitals in Delaware County, PA) by ChristianaCare (three hospitals, outpatient & other services in Delaware and...

Covid cases decline as guidance changes for those getting the virus

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported s that the seven-day average of new positive Covid-19 cases has declined since the previous monthly update in July.  However, Covid-19 is still around in Delaware and at higher levels in some counties.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Covid  Levels data tracker, case levels in Kent and Sussex counties are considered high, while case levels in New...

From WHYY: Northern Del. sewers provide a clearer view of Covid numbers

A sharp drop in clinical testing hasn’t stopped New Castle County from getting a clear picture of Covid-19 in Delaware’s most populous county. Since the early days of the pandemic, the county has turned to its sewers to identify patterns and predict Covid-positive cases. Scientists from all over the world began examining wastewater after discovering evidence that coronavirus infection can...

My take: New Crozer CEO faces challenges as ChristianaCare merger looms

My take: New Crozer CEO faces challenges as ChristianaCare merger looms The merger process of ChristianaCare and Delaware County's Crozer Health had been in a quiet phase. Then came news of Crozer getting a new CEO, the third in recent years. New CEO, Anthony Esposito, in a surprisingly candid interview with the Delco Times talked about the challenges of "stabilizing"  the...

Covid-19 surge continues in Delaware

Delaware is continuing to see a surge in Covid-19 cases.   The Friday summary from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported 408 new cases.   A new fast-spreading variant is believed to be responsible for the surge. This week both President Joe Biden and Delaware U.S. Sen. Tom Carper.   You need javascript enabled to view this content or go to <a href='https://tools.cdc.gov/api/v2/resources/media/426456/noscript'>source URL</a>. Nine...

Delaware sees uptick in Covid cases

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported an uptick in Covid-19 cases. in its monthly report, with Sussex County in the "high category DPH continues to advise Delawareans to get booster shots. Delaware also exceeded 3,000 Covid-related deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels data tracker, last updated on June 14, case levels...

Covid-19 death toll in Delaware hits 3,000 mark

This week, deaths from Covid-19 moved past the 3,000 mark. Three deaths were reported from the virus on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing the fatality toll to 3,001, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Ages ranged from their 60s to their 80s. One of the individuals had an underlying health condition. Their vaccination status was not listed. On...

June Covid report shows decline in hospital stays, deaths

New Castle and Sussex counties move to yellow zone as vaccines for young children get OK and UD lifts mask requirement The Delaware Division of Public Health took note of an overall decrease in Covid-19 cases and hospitalization since the previous monthly update released nearly a month ago. The big news during the past week was the approval of vaccines for...

Sussex moves to CDC’s Covid-19 ‘amber zone’ as New Castle and Kent remain in red territory

According to a Centers for Disease Control dashboard, Sussex County moved out of the red zone for Covid-19 transmission. The CDC widget below shows New Castle and Kent counties in the red zone, the highest designation of spread.  The widget below lists green, amber, and red zones, with Sussex now in the amber category.   You need javascript enabled to view this...

ChristianaCare to acquire Jennersville Hospital property

ChristianaCare and Tower Health announced that ChristianaCare will purchase the former Jennersville Hospital location in West Grove, Pennsylvania from Tower Health, with the closing expected in approximately 30 to 60 days. Terms were not announced. The purchase will include the hospital and Tower Health’s interest in two office buildings, and an additional 24-acre parcel of land. The new name for the...

Updated: New Castle County moves into the high risk zone for Covid-19

New Castle County moved into the high risk zone for Covid-19, acording to a dashboard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Castle County had been in the moderate (yellow) spread category, with Kent and Sussex in the high risk or red category.   The latest uptick in cases lists more than 125  people in the hospital for treatment with...