DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Public Health
4202 Control of Communicable and Other Disease Conditions
The Department of Health and Social Services is proposing regulations which establish the regulation of Hospital Acquired Infections. 76 Del. Laws, c. 122, §1. creates the Hospital Infections Disclosure Act requiring hospitals and correctional facilities to report quarterly data on hospital-acquired infection rates. The law requires that the Department pass regulations to enforce compliance according to the provisions of Chapter 10, Title 16 of Delaware Code relating to Reporting and Disclosure of Infections.
The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Section, Bureau of Epidemiology under the Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services, will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed Delaware Regulations for Hospital Acquired Infections. The regulations for Hospital Acquired Infections will address National Health Safety Network participation, the clinical procedures that will be included, the requirements of the required “hospital background”, the “summary information requirements”, physician reporting requirements and timelines. Additionally, Appendix I State of Delaware – List of Notifiable Diseases/Conditions will be amended.
The public hearing will be held on January 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room, located in the Jesse Cooper Building, 417 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware.
Copies of the proposed regulations are available for review in the January 1, 2009, edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations, accessible online at: http://regulations.delaware.gov or by calling the Bureau of Epidemiology at (302) 744-4541.
Anyone wishing to present his or her oral comments at this hearing should contact Ms. Deborah Harvey at (302) 744-4700 by January 21, 2009. Anyone wishing to submit written comments as a supplement to or in lieu of oral testimony should submit such comments by January 30, 2009 to:
Deborah Harvey, Hearing Officer
Division of Public Health
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Fax (302) 739-6659
Division of Social Services
FOOD SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM
9029 Household Cooperation
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Social Services is proposing to amend Food Supplement Program policies in the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding Household Cooperation.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the proposed new regulations must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Policy, Program & Development Unit, Division of Social Services, 1901 North DuPont Highway, P.O. Box 906, New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906 or by fax to (302) 255-4425 by January 31, 2009.
The action concerning the determination of whether to adopt the proposed regulation will be based upon the results of Department and Division staff analysis and the consideration of the comments and written materials filed by other interested persons.
SUMMARY OF PROPOSED CHANGE
The proposed change described below amends Food Supplement Program policies in the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding Household Cooperation.
• 7 CFR §273.12(c)(3), State agency action on changes – unclear information;
• 7 CFR §273.16 (e)(2)(iii), Disqualification hearing procedures;
• 7 CFR §273.16 (f)(1)(ii)(B), Advance notification.
Summary of Proposed Change
DSSM 9029, Household Cooperation: The United States Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Service (USDA/FNS) published an administrative notice informing the Division of Social Services (DSS) that States cannot close client food supplement benefits due to non-cooperation with fraud investigators. FNS requested that DSS remove this language from state policy.
Management has already advised staff that they cannot close a food supplement case due to non-cooperation with Audit and Recovery Management Services (ARMS). If staff closes a food supplement case for non-cooperation with ARMS, it causes a negative error if reviewed by Quality Control. The worker must send the client a Request for Contact form and allow the client ten days to clarify or verify the information that is in question. The client must cooperate with the DSS worker in providing the information.