Jim Lee Speaks with Healthcare IT News on HHS Reporting Requirements

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Healthcare IT News published stories July 21 and July 22 that include quotes from Jim Lee, vice president, data policy & analytics, MHA, on issues related to data being reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The first story pertains to the release of a new Coronavirus Data Hub by HHS to display COVID-19 patient data, with Lee discussing the percentage of Michigan's acute care hospitals submitting data to the HHS TeleTracking portal.

"While HHS indicates that 75% of Michigan hospitals are currently reporting into the HHS TeleTracking portal, our records indicate 95% of Michigan acute care community hospitals are already submitting data," said Lee. 

The following day, a story was published that interviewed representatives from 10 state hospital associations on the requirement that hospitals now submit COIVD-19 patient data directly to HHS. Lee discussed how the challenges associated with the change can vary between hospitals and the different resources they have available. 

"Hospitals are compiling data from various information systems, including their electronic medical records, but it varies from hospital to hospital," said Lee. "Some may use analytic and reporting tools, while others are simply using Excel spreadsheets to compile the information." 

As for time, we haven’t had a chance to conduct a detailed review of the work required by hospitals. Anecdotally, one health system has spent over three business days reworking their data extraction and integration process to meet the new HHS data requirements."