Reporting errors inflated Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations, state says

The Arizona health department reported an unnamed large doctor skewed its COVID-19 data by erroneously reporting hospitalizations.
In an Oct. 6 article, Cara Chris, MD, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services Cara Christ, MD, composed: “Recently, public health professionals figured out that a large doctor was reporting admission date for COVID-19 cases when these people were not in fact hospitalized. The data being reported in the admission date field of the report type was really the date the individual was seen by the doctor. Due to the fact that these cases were being reported with an admission date, they were being counted as hospitalizations in the hospitalization section of our data control panel.”
The healthcare service provider, which mostly serves patients in Maricopa County, fixed the concern at the end of August, and the states hospitalized cases reduced by 2,815 cases.
” Our epidemiologists continue to put quality systems in location so all of the data reported is properly defined and used to determine interventions,” wrote Dr. Christ.
A regional CBS 5 report also said the state health department is working with another unnamed company to resolve technical reporting issues that resulted in inaccurate bed counts, amongst other mistakes.

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