DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Health Care Quality
PUBLIC NOTICE OF EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD
4404 Free Standing Emergency Centers
Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS)/Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ) is extending until May, 29, 2020, the comment period for the proposed regulations governing Free Standing Emergency Departments published in the April 1, 2020 Register of Regulations. The Division of Health Care Quality plans to publish the “proposed” amendments to the regulations governing free standing emergency departments and hold them out for public comment per Delaware law. The amendments update the regulatory language to clearly define the scope of practice required of a free standing emergency department. In addition, the amendments provide a level of protection for the public that seeks services at free standing emergency departments by ensuring the delivery of safe and adequate care.
A copy of the proposed amended Regulation was published in the April 1, 2020 edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations. A copy is also on file in the Office of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification, Division of Health Care Quality, 261 Chapman Road, Suite 200, Newark, Delaware 19702, and is available for inspection during regular office hours. Copies are available upon request. Interested parties may offer comments on the proposed amended Regulation or submit written suggestions, data, briefs or other materials to the Office of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification at the above address as to whether the proposed amended Regulation should be adopted, rejected or modified. Pursuant to 29 Del.C. §10118(a), public comments must be received on or before May 29, 2020. Written materials submitted will be available for inspection at the above address.
Adoption of Proposed Regulations
After the close of the public comment period, Delaware Health and Social Services/Division of Health Care Quality will determine whether to adopt the proposed Regulations, or make additional changes because of the public comments received.