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January 8, 2021
MSD Membership Renewals are Past Due
Renewal is Just a Click Away
Please don't forget to renew your 2021 MSD membership. This year's rates have remained the same as they have for the past few years. Dues can be paid electronically by logging into the MSD website or by mail. Please contact MSD Membership Coordinator Michelle Seymour at 302-224-4905 or Michelle.Seymour@medsocdel.org if you have questions.
DPH Announces Plan for Increased Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Non-Hospital Affiliated Medical Providers and Staff
The Division of Public Health (DPH), in conjunction with advocacy efforts by your Medical Society, is providing an update on plans to increase access to vaccination for non-hospital affiliated medical providers and staff. Providers should consider the following options:

  1. Enroll in DelVAX so you can vaccinate your own staff even if you don’t plan to vaccinate patients. Enrollment information can be found: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/vaccine-information-for-medical-providers/ 
  2. DPH has identified multiple sites that are willing to serve as Vaccination Hubs for Phase 1a providers/staff. They include the site categories listed below. DPH asks that staff and providers NOT reach out to these sites directly. Please complete the Vaccination Request Form and submit this information to DPH at VaccinePlanning@Delaware.gov and DPH will facilitate making connections with Hubs.

Potential Vaccination Hub locations:
  • Outpatient practices (e.g., urgent care, primary care)
  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Hospital run PODs
  • DPH run PODs

By next week DPH will place the form on https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/vaccine-information-for-medical-providers/ along with a separate form for providers who wish to become Vaccination Hubs to complete. DPH is also planning several closed Points of Dispensing (PODS) to vaccinate Phase 1a partners during the month of January. More details will be shared with members as they become available.
It's Not Too Late to Register to Become a COVID-19 Vaccinator!
DPH Encourages Every Practice to Register
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is strongly recommending medical practices go through the process of registering to be a COVID-19 vaccinator, regardless of whether the intention is to vaccinate patients. Being enrolled will allow small practices to have the option to vaccinate their own staff once the vaccine becomes available. The process to enroll can take time, so it is important not to delay. DPH has updated their vaccine enrollment instructions for interested practices. Read Vaccine Enrollment Instructions. For answers to questions please email COVIDVaccine@delaware.gov.
2021 Medical License Renewal Reminder
March 31 Deadline Approaching
2021 is a renewal year for both medical licensure and Controlled Substance Registration. The physician licensure renewal deadline is March 31 and MSD has been working with the State to clear up several issues that were brought to our attention regarding challenges with the system, as well as objections to a significant fee increase. Due to MSD's persistence, several improvements have been made to the process and we await word regarding a possible fee reduction. More information will be coming soon. To assist with the process please review the MSD Fact Sheet.
Pfizer Offers Vaccine Informational Webinars
Training Sessions
Pfizer will be hosting a series of training sessions to review information and answer questions. Please click on the link below to join the sessions at the designated times. Each training below is the same content.

Community COVID-19 Testing Sites
Information to Share With Your Patients
Governor John Carney, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) have released the list of community testing sites throughout Delaware scheduled for next week, including pop-up and Curative trailer sites, as well as community sites hosted by New Castle County. View list.
DPH Announces Latest COVID-19 Statistics
First Pediatric Death in Delaware Reported
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has reported the state’s first COVID-19 related death of a child since the start of the pandemic. The death involves a child under the age of 5 from New Castle County who had a significant number of co-morbidities. Additional details about the individual will not be provided to protect patient privacy.

Here are the latest Delaware COVID-19 statistics.

  • 63,503 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • Deaths: 957 total
  • Cases today: 582
  • New Castle County cases: 36,424
  • Kent County cases: 10,216
  • Sussex County cases: 16,715
  • Unknown: 148
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Hospitalized: 451; Critically ill: 59
  • Number of COVID-19 vaccines reported administered: 21,814 


Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and COVID rate information by ZIP code, and information on Delaware's contact tracing efforts can be found on the Division of Public Health's My Healthy Community data portal. 
Governor Carney Updates COVID-19 Restrictions
Curfew expires at restaurants and bars; sports may resume with restrictions
Governor John Carney today signed the fifth revision to the omnibus emergency order, continuing the restrictions, including the Stay-at-Home advisory and universal indoor mask mandate, to combat the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Delaware. Beginning today, the 10 p.m. curfew at Delaware restaurants and bars will be lifted, but establishments still must have signage prominently displayed on the table stating that parties must be from the same household and share messaging on masking compliance. Read more.
Maternal Health Awareness Day 2021
Registration Open
Registration is now open for the annual DE Section of ACOG Maternal Health Awareness Day 2021. This year’s event will be held virtually and is scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at 9:00 a.m. The agenda will focus on addressing racial disparities in women’s health. Registration is free, but required. View agenda. To register.
2021 Virtual Insurance Payers Workshop
Registration Open
Join us for the MSD Virtual Insurance Payer Workshop on Thursday, January 28, from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Learn the latest on changes and updates by the major insurance payers for 2021. Representatives from Aetna, AmeriHealth Caritas, Highmark, United Healthcare, and CMS are invited to participate. To register.
Beebe Medical Center Announces Data Breach
Another Delaware Health System Impacted by Blackbaud Attack
Beebe Medical Center has announced they were was notified by Blackbaud, a third-party data management company, that it had discovered and stopped a ransomware attack that occurred on February 7, 2020, and continued until May 20, 2020. In November 2020, Blackbaud provided additional notification that Beebe data was in fact contained within the impacted database. While Blackbaud prevented the cybercriminal from encrypting Blackbaud data, the cybercriminal was able to remove a copy of a subset of constituent data from several of Blackbaud’s clients, including Beebe Medical Center. No Social Security numbers or financial account numbers were impacted as a result of this incident. Read more.
2020 State Health Improvement Plan Released
2020 Annual Report Details a Course for Improved Health
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has released the 2020 Delaware State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The plan describes how DPH and the community it serves will work together to improve the health of Delaware's population. Communities, stakeholders, and partners can use the SHIP to set priorities, direct the use of resources, and develop and implement projects, programs, and policies. The four priority areas are chronic disease, maternal and child health, substance use disorder, and mental health. Read executive summary. Read full plan.
MSD Virtual Food Drive Funds 4,260 Meals!
Thank You For Your Support
This year more than ever food banks across the country need help filling the shelves for those less fortunate. The Medical Society of Delaware Virtual Food Drive raised $1,420 for the Food Bank of Delaware, which translates into 4,260 meals. Thank you to everyone who generously supported this worthy cause, and please consider supporting your local food bank.
Welcome New Members
Christine A. Degnon, MD, MPH – Coastal Direct Primary Care, Lewes
Jacqueline S. Holt, MD - Delaware Imaging Network, Newark
Angelica M. Montes, MD – Westside Family Healthcare, Wilmington
Mustafa A. Mufti, MD – ChristianaCare, Psychiatry, Wilmington
MSD's Membership Department is pleased to announce the newest members of the Medical Society of Delaware. Welcome to the third oldest medical society in the country!

If you know someone interested in joining the Medical Society of Delaware, please contact Michelle Seymour at 302-224-4905 or Michelle.Seymour@medsocdel.org.
Pending Members
Lauren Bogdan, MD
Thucuc Nguyen, DO
Parvathi Somasundaram, MD
MSD members are afforded a seven day review period from the date of this publication to comment regarding an applicant applying for membership. Please contact Mary LaJudice at (302) 224-5183 or Mary.LaJudice@medsocdel.org with any questions or concerns.
"Rerum Cognoscere"
The Latin phrase Rerum Cognoscere translates to learn, examine, or become aware of facts or things. In this section we highlight measurable items of interest in health care from MSD, Delaware, the US, and the world.
988
The new national three digit phone number for the suicide hotline. The number takes effect July 16, 2022.


Federal Communications Commission
86%
Percentage of people with mild COVID-19 who lose their sense of taste and smell. Most recover it within six months.

Journal of Internal Medicine
21
Number of cases of anaphylaxis out of the first 1,893,360 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine given in the U.S.

CDC
Upcoming Events
Jan. 28 - MSD 2021 Insurance Payer Workshop, 9:00 a.m. - noon, virtual event.
March 6 - 32nd Annual Update in Cardiology, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., virtual event.
March 13 - 25th Annual Diabetes Update, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., virtual event.
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