White House to Target Hospitals for Uneven Covid-19 Data Reporting


Hospitals have been contributing uneven data about Cove in 19 cases that are hampering the federal effort to gauge the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal reports is early is next week, the administration is planning to publicize the names of hospitals with data missing from the federal pandemic Reporting system for more we're joined live on the KCBS Bring Central news line. Bye. Melanie Evan's Hospital reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Thanks so much for being with us this morning. Time money for thanks for having me. Absolutely. So, can you tell us First of all, why is this data missing from the federal pandemic reporting system? So both hospitals and the administration have been asking that question They've been working on trying to understand. Where these gaps why these gaps exist. And they have found indeed that some hospitals are not Routinely reporting, so they've been asked. Hospitals have been asked to submit some information everyday things like how many patients with Kobe are in your hospital. Are you experiencing a nursing shortage? How many patients are using ventilators? Really sort of. Fundamental information that could be used right? So if the hospital running out of something you could write them supplies I needed so Oh, yes, some hospitals or not consistently reporting, But the other thing that they found was that there are some Errors at the federal level, so there is the hospitals. Send the data. Either through like a A private company or they send it to the state or they submit themselves. Through through a federal system. Somewhere after they admitted there are Other issues that are creating gaps in the data. So we've got flaws in the reporting system and some hospitals not reporting the right data. What is the purpose in making these data gaps public? How unusual is this? Well, so Ah, according to people familiar with these discussions, the UM the industry hospital industry was told that there are a couple of reasons for making the state of public One of them is that they're maybe researchers. Using this data to kind of track the pandemic or ask questions about the pandemic itself. So It would be some sort of public transparency about how complete the data is. But then the other reason is that Really up until like up until this point. All of this reporting has been voluntary. And and the federal government basically last week put hospitals on notice that it was now going to be mandatory. And if they didn't do it They risk Not getting paid by Medicare and Medicaid, which are going to It really subsidize their They're publicly subsidized insurance programs for the elderly, disabled for low income households. The federal government said. Look, if you don't start reporting this data consistently, we could we could Up. Hang you for the for those. Insurance programs. And and this making the state of public is one way to sort of make it very clear. I sort of put hospitals on notice. That the feds don't have their data and that they are at risk. Fascinating. Thanks. So much for your insight. We've been joined on the KCBS Ring. Central News Line. By Melanie Evans Hospitals Reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Que

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