HHS Issues Requirements for Additional Data and Timely Submission of COVID-19 Testing
By Susan Gatehouse, RHIT, CCS, CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
With concerns of COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact on certain individuals, such as minorities and the elderly, public health experts are requiring more detailed data, provided on a real-time basis – further supporting the reliability and integrity of data being central to healthcare.
The new guidance by HHS requires additional data reporting on COVID-19 testing, and submission within 24 hours. Health officials need the ability to drill down into details of patients, including specific demographic data, such as gender and race, as well as geographic data ─ data elements under the realm of the social determinants of health (SDoH). Access to SDoH will give better visibility into segments of the population affected the most by the pandemic, to get a better understanding of what efforts may help minimize further outbreaks and address areas of concern for the future.
In healthcare, it always comes back to the same thing, the integrity of the data, and the coronavirus pandemic has taken the need for data integrity up a notch. This pandemic could ultimately be the driving force to push needed data quality improvement initiatives across the healthcare sector, and the healthcare community will play a valuable role in the process.
In an article published by ICD-10 Monitor-News, Axea's CEO, Susan Gatehouse, shares thoughts on how new data requirements further support the reliability and integrity of data as central to healthcare.
You can read the article in its entirety HERE.
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