April 10, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: HHS Letter to Hospital Administrators
Dear Hospital Administrator:
First, I want to thank you for the work you are doing to provide treatment and care to Americans who have been impacted by COVID-19. Hospitals are key partners with the federal government as we work to ensure that the Whole of America response to COVID-19 which is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.
On March 29, 2020, the Vice President sent you a letter requesting your assistance in reporting data that is critical for epidemiological surveillance and public health decision making for the COVID-19 pandemic. The data requested included daily reports on testing, capacity, supplies, utilization, and patient flows to facilitate the public health response to COVID-19. I understand that many non-federal entities may already be requesting this information, and I have received pleas from hospitals and states to minimize the burden of sharing this data and to reduce duplication of effort.
The enclosed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document details the federal government's data needs, explains the division of reporting responsibility between hospitals and states, and provides clear, flexible options for the timely delivery of this critical information. Our objective is to allow states and hospitals either to leverage existing data reporting capabilities or, where those capabilities are insufficient, to provide guidance in how to build on them. These FAQs will be updated if additional data delivery methods become available.
It is critical that all of the requested information listed in these FAQs is provided on at least a daily basis to the federal government to facilitate planning, monitoring, and resource allocation during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
On behalf of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, I want to thank you for the work you are doing to provide care to the American people during this critical time.
Alex M. Azar II
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