HHS tied billions in COVID-19 aid to reporting data through TeleTracking: 7 details

In July, HHS mandated healthcare facilities and regional public health authorities report COVID-19 information through the TeleTracking portal directly to HHS rather of the CDC, as hospitals had actually been doing.
The HHS information reporting system rained underused up until the Trump administration advised healthcare facilities to stop reporting to the CDC in July and rather report COVID-19 data to HHS.
More than 90 percent of health centers are reporting information to the CDC, according to the report. CDC authorities have actually chosen not to evaluate and release some of the TeleTracking information since they can not confirm the quality and precision of it, according to the report.

HHS linked COVID-19 financing for health centers to reporting their data through the TeleTracking Technologies portal, according to the New York Times.
7 things to know:
1. HHS Secretary Alex Azar sent out an e-mail on April 21 to medical facilities requiring them to make a one-time report of COVID-19 admissions and ICU beds to HHS prior to the agency would assign $100 billion in CARES Act funds. The email was targeted to healthcare facilities in COVID-19 hot spots and check out: “Please know that submitting this data will notify the decision-making on targeted relief fund payments and is a requirement to payment.”
2. HHS signed a five-month, $10.2 million agreement with TeleTracking on April 10 to power the companys data-collection efforts. In July, HHS mandated health centers and local public health authorities report COVID-19 information through the TeleTracking portal straight to HHS instead of the CDC, as medical facilities had been doing.
3. The preliminary one-time reports sent to HHS in April included data that wasnt collected anywhere else, according to the report, and TeleTracking was induced to standardize the real-time data tracking system.
4. After receiving the federal government contract, TeleTracking added 100 staff to react to call center requests for tech support and ease long wait times, according to an unique bulletin from the American Hospital Association provided on April 23.
5. The federal government then connected reporting to HHS through the TeleTracking system to getting the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in June. The HHS information reporting system rained underused up until the Trump administration advised medical facilities to stop reporting to the CDC in July and instead report COVID-19 information to HHS.
6. More than 90 percent of health centers are reporting information to the CDC, according to the report. CDC authorities have decided not to examine and publish some of the TeleTracking information since they can not verify the quality and precision of it, according to the report.
7. The CDC is collaborating with United States Digital Services to develop automated data flow processes that would send out info data to HHS.
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