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Health Care Quality

Our Division has three main sections dealing with long term care and acute/ambulatory licensing and certification, as well as investigations.

What's New?

Currently, Delaware CNAs are required to take 24 hours of CEUs every two years through an online company named Elsevier. On January 1, 2020, the company that CNAs will be required to take online training from will be RELIAS. Delaware CNAs are also required by state law to work 64 hours, during their 24-month certification period, under the supervision of a nurse completing nursing related duties.

Additional updates will be forthcoming.


On February 14, 2018, Governor Carney signed House Bill (HB) 208 into law. HB 208 amended 29 Delaware Code, Chapter 79, Subchapter VI to mandate the use of an Interagency Transfer Form, for exchange of information between health-care agencies and facilities regarding consumer, resident, or patient health conditions and care needs to ensure ongoing quality of care and consumer, resident, or patient centered care for the consumer, resident, or patient in any care setting.

All providers licensed by the Division of Health Care Quality are required to utilize the Interagency Transfer Form beginning October 28, 2019.
The Division of Health Care Quality stands ready to work with your agency/facility to implement these requirements. Feel free to contact the Division for any questions or further guidance.

Per the U.S. News and World Report, Delaware hospitals rank #1 for Hospital Quality. The full article of the Health Care Quality Rankings can be found here: U.S. News - Best States for Health Care Rankings Page.

There has been an ongoing, nationwide concern, about people's privacy. Both of our Federal and State partners are increasing the number of restrictions placed on our system and how the information is accessed. Based on ever evolving rules and regulations and after a recent review, the Division of Health Care Quality has drafted a new list of disqualifiers. This list is similar to the list used by the State of Delaware, Board of Nursing, in that it encompasses a number of similar offenses used to qualify potential employees. We understand that people make mistakes. Further, that these mistakes should not be held against a person for unusual amounts of time. With that in mind we have grouped the offenses in to six different time constraints. 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years and No limit. These new time constraints will help give you more confidence in our evaluation of an applicant's conviction history and ultimately your decision to hire. We believe that the adoption of this list will better serve the users of the BCC and safe guard those vulnerable people we all wish to help.

The legislation recently signed into law was contained in four (4) separate bills: HB 195, HB 196, HB 208 and HB 225. To find these bills, go to the Delaware General Assembly page. A majority of these revisions included the Division name change, Divisional authority, definitions, replacing of outdated terms, and style/grammar related revisions. Here's a recap of the 195th General Assembly Legislative Revisions.

House Bill (HB) 219
Revised the language in 16 Del.C. §122(3)(y and z) to be consistent with terminology used by accreditation organizations and other states, replacing the term "invasive medical procedure" with the term "office-based surgery". In addition, this Act clarifies the definition to ensure that all facilities that perform such procedures do so in a safe and sanitary environment. Finally, HB 219 adds a requirement that the approved accreditation organizations shall report, at a minimum, findings of surveys and complaint and incident investigations, and data for all office-based surgical facilities to the Department.

House Bill (HB) 91
The Division of Health Care Quality representatives attended the Senate vote on June 5, 2019. HB 91 updates the definition of hospital, raises the fees associated with hospital licensing, and imposes an additional fee for plan reviews prior to construction or renovation of hospitals. The bill was passed and has been signed by the Governor on June 26, 2019.

Free Standing Emergency Department Regulations
The update to the Free Standing Emergency Department regulations are complete. The regulations are scheduled to be published as proposed July 1, 2019.

Office-Based Surgery Regulations
The regulations were published as proposed June 1, 2019 and were open for public comments until July 1, 2019. One comment which supported the regulations was received. The regulations are effective August 11, 2019. .

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Exercise Opportunity

"The Unthinkable Surge" - Emergency Preparedness Tabletop Exercise Speaker: J. David Weidner, MHP, REHS, MEP, CEM, CHEP

Target Audience:

When: November 7, 2019

Where: Maple Dale Country Club

In preparation for an impending weather emergency:

In the event of a storm or other disaster, for the City of Wilmington, New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County, always contact your Emergency Management Coordinator first.

Please visit the DHCQ Emergency Preparedness page for additional information.

Delaware Music and Memory

Millions of aging Americans living in long-term care facilities face cognitive and physical difficulties and have left behind their familiar surroundings, familiar faces, and even their favorite music. Despite the best efforts of loved ones, their lives often lack meaning, spontaneity, choice, and reliable social interaction. Delaware Music and Memory, provides personalized music for residents in long term care facilities. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.

Ongoing research and evaluation of Music and Memory's work in care organizations shows consistent results:

To see the benefits of this program watch the following videos

Please visit the DHCQ Music and Memory Facebook Page for more information.

Long Term Care Licensing and Certification

State of Delaware Long Term Care Regulations

As new regulations are developed and existing regulations are updated, public hearings are held to obtain comment from the community...


Licensed Nursing Homes

This includes Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and also shows which facilities have Medicare / Medicaid certification...


Licensed Assisted Living Facilities

The Division of Health Care Quality is responsible for licensing all long term care facilities in Delaware including Assisted Living Facilities...


Compare Delaware Nursing Homes

This online tool provides detailed information about the past performance of nursing homes that are Medicare or Medicaid certified...


Certified Nursing Assistant Registry

The Division of Health Care Quality is responsible for the training and testing program for CNAs andfor the CNA Registry...


Investigative Section

Criminal Background Checks

The Delaware Code requires the facilities / agencies to complete criminal background checks on persons applying for a position in a nursing home or home health agency...


Complaint & Incident Reporting

DHCQ receives information pertaining to possible abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and / or financial exploitation of residents in long term care facilities...


Adult Abuse Registry Search

A person's name on the Registry is based on a civil finding of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, financial exploitation, or a combination of those findings...


Mandatory Drug Testing

All applicants for employment in long term care facilities and home care agencies must submit to drug testing, according to State of Delaware law...


Acute & Outpatient Care Licensing and Certification

State of Delaware Acute/Outpatient Regulations

As new regulations are developed and existing regulations are updated, public hearings are held to obtain comment from the community...


Hospital Compare

This online tool provides detailed information about the past performance of hospitals that are Medicare or Medicaid certified...


State Licensed Facilities

DHSS licenses facilities to ensure quality healthcare. Facilities include...


State Licensed Agencies

DHSS licenses agencies to ensure quality healthcare. Agencies include...


Acute/Outpatient Applications and Forms

Licensure applications and forms for Hospitals, Home Health Agencies...