The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced updates to COVID-19 hospital reporting. HHS added seven new optional fields related to health care personnel and patient vaccinations that hospitals can report on each Wednesday. While currently optional, the fields are likely to become mandatory in the future. An interim final rule added collecting and reporting COVID-19 data to the Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation.
As detailed by this new guidance, the new fields that are available for optional reporting through the CHA COVID-19 Tracking Tool beginning Jan. 20 are:
- Previous Week’s COVID Vaccine Doses
- Unvaccinated Personnel
- Personnel Receiving a Partial Series
- Personnel Receiving a Complete Series
- Total Personnel
- Previous Week’s First COVID Vaccine Doses
- Previous Week’s Final COVID Vaccine Doses
CHA has provided hospitals and systems currently using the data upload feature with a revised template. The revised data dictionary includes these new optional fields highlighted in blue. In addition, CHA worked with the California Department of Public Health to update the data reporting guidance document. Questions can be directed to COVIDTracker@calhospital.org.