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December 01, 2020

Health Law Daily

Report Indicates Inconsistencies In HHS’ COVID-19 Patient Data Tracking System

  • December 01, 2020

Healthcare IT News (11/30, Jercich) says a report published in Science suggests HHS’ “COVID-19 patient data tracking system, HHS Protect, shows inconsistency with other sources that could lead to problems with resource allocation.” The article adds, “According to a data analysis obtained by Science from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS Protect figures differ from 30 states’ public health data by more than 20%,” and its “inpatient data was also ‘erratic’ in the past two months for 21 states.” The inconsistencies are “particularly concerning, say hospital associations, given what’s at stake: U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced in October that hospitals deemed non-compliant with reporting requirements could result in termination for Medicare and Medicaid.”