(Sept. 4, 2020) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an interim final rule that, among other provisions, makes collecting and reporting COVID-19-data a condition of participation for hospitals that participate in Medicare. This rule became effective on the date published in the Federal Register, Sept. 2. The rule requires hospitals to report daily data including, but not limited to, elements such as the number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 positive patients, intensive care unit beds occupied, and availability of supplies and equipment, such as ventilators and personal protective equipment. By making this data reporting a Condition of Participation, the penalty for a hospital's noncompliance potentially may be termination from the Medicare and Medicaid programs if appropriate corrective action is not taken.
The data should be submitted daily to the department of Health and Human Services through the Teletracking web portal Weekend reporting is not exempted for any hospitals. Hospitals not reporting data real-time on the weekends will be able to update data for the weekend with the upload of a .csv file. For assistance, please contact Perryn Ashmore or Jeanne Iasella.
Comments on the rule are due Nov. 5 and may be submitted electronically or mailed to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3401-IFC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.