How federal rules for reporting COVID-19 data could threaten hospital funding

Source: PBS - View Original Article
Published: Oct 13, 2020
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71% Liberal


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This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 71% Liberal:

  • 2 positive sentiments for Socialized Healthcare


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97% "Some states also have their own reporting requirements, which can mean hospitals are generating reports for multiple entities each day.""
93% "But other questions harken back to out-of-date priorities and are a hangover from the good ole days of six months ago, said Joe Antos, ..."
88% "While most hospitals, especially larger facilities with more staff and in urban areas, are filling out and submitting these numbers in a timely fashion, ..."
85% "Under the rules, hospitals across the United States have to submit inventories and patient totals for dozens of different coronavirus-specific categories, many of which ..."
83% "Simply put, providing health care often takes longer during a pandemic.""
54% "Health care workers and patients alike must wear face masks for routine procedures and interactions.""
-83% "Those questions make sense, Antos said, but some related to coronavirus look like the kinds of questions you ask when you really have no ..."
-84% "By mid-January -- days before the inauguration of the next president -- care could be jeopardized for entire communities if they don't catch up ..."
-92% "Hospitals that lose that money because they consistently failed to comply with these data requirements would be forced to close, Foster said.""
-95% "They shouldn't enter zero because that would mean they have ICU beds""


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83% : Simply put, providing health care often takes longer during a pandemic.
54% : Health care workers and patients alike must wear face masks for routine procedures and interactions.
97% : Some states also have their own reporting requirements, which can mean hospitals are generating reports for multiple entities each day.
93% : But other questions harken back to out-of-date priorities and are "a hangover from the good ole days of six months ago," said Joe Antos, health policy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Human Services under the Reagan administration.
88% : While hospitals want to get the federal government whatever data is necessary to inform the nation's pandemic response, and the government is giving hospitals time to raise issues, threatening to withdraw funding for hospitals due to clerical errors that may not be the fault of the hospital is heavy-handed, Foster said -- especially during a pandemic.
88% : While most hospitals, especially larger facilities with more staff and in urban areas, are filling out and submitting these numbers in a timely fashion, Antos said rural hospitals are likely to feel the pinch and face higher likelihood of failing to comply, running the risk of losing vital federal funding.
85% : Under the rules, hospitals across the United States have to submit inventories and patient totals for dozens of different coronavirus-specific categories, many of which need to be submitted daily, plus six new influenza questions.
17% : Those questions make sense, Antos said, but some related to coronavirus "look like the kinds of questions you ask when you really have no idea what's going on."
16% : By mid-January -- days before the inauguration of the next president -- care could be jeopardized for entire communities if they don't catch up with these data reporting requirements.
8% : Long before the pandemic, many rural hospitals were perched on precarious finances with nearly half operating at a loss.
8% : Hospitals that lose that money because they consistently failed to comply with these data requirements would be forced to close, Foster said.
5% : They shouldn't enter zero because that would mean they have ICU beds

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