‘The goal posts keep moving’: Trump administration reportedly plans crackdown on hospitals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appears to be planning on cracking down on hospitals that do not report COVID-19 data daily into the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HHS Protect TeleTracking system, reported NPR this week.

A draft letter from the agency would require hospitals to report data, including the number of COVID-19 patients, “for all seven days, including weekends.” Failure to do so after multiple warnings “will result in a termination of the Medicare provider agreement,” according to NPR.  

“Removing CMS certification for Medicare would create financial peril for any hospital. Worse, it could in many communities eliminate access to care,” said Dave Dillon, spokesperson for the Missouri Hospital Association, to Healthcare IT News.  

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“The goal posts keep moving as we advance through the crisis,” said Dillon.  

WHY IT MATTERS

The Trump administration’s migration of COVID-19 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to HHS has been marked by confusion and “chaos,” with hospitals only given a few days to comply with requirements when they were first announced back in July.   

Dillon noted that on September 10,