The Trump administration will not require nursing homes to provide data on coronavirus cases and deaths that occurred before May 6, according to a government.
Retirement homes are required by government to send the data before the date. But the information only has to go back to a week before their first filings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that is on May 17.
Older dates are optional, but nursing homes must declare their dates at least once a week. Wall Street newspaper reports.
Long-term care facilities across the country have been criticized by the virus, with more than 28,000 deaths in the United States, according to a recent report in the Journal.
Nursing homes are required by government to send data before May 6, but they are optional. The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, photographed in March when it was the epicenter of the virus in the state
Previous CDC forms required nursing homes to provide a date back to January 1.
The rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which encouraged nursing homes to release earlier data.
The American Health Care Association, among other groups, asked the CDC to “clarify whether reporting was mandatory or voluntary before May”. The CDC reportedly said that “notification before May 8 would be voluntary by regulation.”
“As referral and monitoring systems are put in place, clarification revisions are made to meet needs [of] our partners, health organizations and other federal agencies, “added the CDC.
Some states have data that provides an overview of the impact of the pandemic on nursing homes; CDC data was intended to provide a comprehensive national overview of its impact.
The rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which encouraged nursing homes to release earlier data. View of refrigerated trucks at the Isabella Geriatric Center on Saturday May 2. Nursing home lost 46 residents confirmed for COVID-19
Depending on the date of the state, the virus has caused a crisis in many long-term care facilities across the country.
“We are going to get a very incomplete picture,” said David Grabowski, professor at Harvard Medical School.
“How can we understand what’s going on if we only have data going back to early May?”
Grabowski said 36 states have long-term care facility counts, while 17 have individual locations.
Senator Bob Casey of (D-Penn) lobbied for more data on nursing homes to be made public. He said the data before May should be made public because “families deserve this information. Public health officials need this information. ”
Senator Bob Casey of (D-Penn) lobbied for more data on nursing homes to be made public. He said the data before May should be made public because “families deserve this information. Public health officials need this information ”
Without the older data, research will struggle to find answers on what has led to the boom in nursing home cases, as well as on effective strategies to fight the virus.
“You essentially throw away the experience of March and April,” said Vincent Mor, a professor at Brown University.
Lori Smetanka, executive director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, said consumers also wanted to know the data as it could help them understand how they were treating the virus.
“Having the information will tell what happened in the facility during the pandemic,” she said.
CMS hopes to make the results public by the end of May via its consumer-focused nursing home comparison site. The agency also asked nursing homes to directly inform families of individual cases of coronavirus.
Assisted living facilities are not included as they are not supervised by CMS.
“ The data we are going to get from nursing homes will give us a better picture, a national picture of the extent of the coronavirus in nursing homes as well as the deaths that have occurred, ” Monday said. CMS administrator Seema Verma.