August 19, 2019

Around the nation: CMS OKs Delaware's proposal to use Medicaid funds for addiction treatment

Daily Briefing

    Delaware is now the 25th state to have a substance use disorder waiver approved by CMS, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, Florida, and New Jersey.

    • Delaware: CMS has approved a waiver amendment that allows the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services to use Medicaid funding to cover the cost of addiction treatment for people with substance use disorders. Delaware's Medicaid program previously used state funds to pay for addiction-related services. Delaware is now the 25th state to have a substance use disorder waiver approved by CMS (Delaware Business Now, 8/12).

    • Florida: Mayo Clinic last week opened a new, 190,000 square-foot medical building on its Florida campus. The building was created from a $34 million expansion of a parking garage and retail space on the campus. Mayo will use the new building for patients seeking cancer, neurology, and neurosurgical care (Robinson, Jacksonville Business Journal, 8/15).

    • New Jersey: Saint Barnabas Medical Center has opened a breast milk "bank" where nursing mothers have the ability to donate excess breast milk for infants whose mothers cannot breastfeed. Once the milk is donated, it's frozen and sent to Mother's Milk Bank Northeast, where it's pasteurized and safety tested before being shipped to hospitals in 13 states (Kommers, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 8/14).

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