New Guidance For Hospitals On Reporting For Covid Deaths

By: George William

In a document by the HHS titled “COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Reporting and FAQs For Hospitals, Hospital Laboratory, and Acute Care Facility Data Reporting” a new update on Jan 6th outlines new reporting standards for hospitals that will take effect on Feb. 2nd.

This new change is in an effort “to reduce burden while maximizing efficiency, the Federal government launched a data reevaluation process, including input from stakeholders, to determine COVID-19 hospital data collection needs.”

“All data collected is driven by two core principles: 1) the data must drive action and/or 2) the data must serve as a surveillance indicator for U.S. health care system stress, capacity, capability, and/or patient safety.”

The new guidance is in regards to reporting deaths in order to serve this goal is to not report them at all.

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