The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rolled out new mandatory reporting requirements via a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule with comment period and HHS’ COVID-19 Guidance for Hospital Reporting and FAQ, requiring all hospitals licensed to provide 24-hour care to report all of the mandatory non-supply fields seven days a week within one business day of the reporting date (except for psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities who must report weekly). Hospitals are only required to report supply related fields on Wednesdays. HHS began enforcing these requirements in early October (WHG client summary). Hospitals that do not meet mandatory reporting requirements by mid-January risk being expelled from the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The data included in the COVID-19 Hospital Data Coverage Report covers the past week from Friday to Thursday and is grouped by hospital, it includes: the percentage of mandatory fields reported; the number of days reported at 100 percent; whether a hospital is required to report on Wednesdays only; and each required field with the number of days that specific field was reported for the week. Those hospitals with missing data fields are identified by color. Red shading indicates a field was reported 0-3 times and yellow shading indicates a field was reported 4-6 times. Fields that are only required to be reported on Wednesdays are listed as yes/no, with no indicators shaded red.