Health briefs: Medicare funding, food poisoning survey, Nemours designation – The News Journal
Delaware receives Medicare grant
The state has received almost $80,000 in federal funding to help Delawareans pay for Medicare costs.
The Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau, which is funded by the federal government, received $79,889 in grants. This money will aid the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-income Subsidy, which reduces the cost of prescriptions for those on the program. It will also go toward the Medicare Savings Program, which helps pay for Medicare Part B premiums, as well as help Delawareans save money on their Part A premiums, deductibles and co-insurance.
For questions about the program, call (302) 674-7364 or go to Insurance.Delaware.gov/DMAB
Virginia health department asking Delawareans to take survey
The Virginia Department of Health is asking Delawareans who attended the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off last month to complete an online survey after many who were there came down with food poisoning.
Virginia’s health department investigated a gastrointestinal disease outbreak after people who attended the event reported nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. About 2,500 people attended the event on Sept. 30. A sick Delaware resident may be linked.
The survey can be found at redcap.vdh.virginia.gov. Anyone with questions should call the Accomack County, Virginia, Health Department at (757) 302-4268.
Nemours earns high marks for health records
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has been recognized for its advanced electronic health records.
The Health Information and Management Systems Society once again gave the children’s hospital a stage 7 designation, which is given to about 5 percent of hospitals in the U.S.
This designation is for both inpatient and outpatient health records. HIMSS looks at Nemours’ data warehouse, strategic analytics, disaster recovery and information security. The hospital first earned this designation in 2012.
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