AGs Question Changes in Hospital Data Reporting System

July 29, 2020

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and 21 other state attorneys general are urging the federal government to withdraw its new reporting process that has hospitals reporting COVID-19 data to a U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) system. In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the attorneys general urge HHS to restore the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “its rightful role as the primary repository for and source of information about the nation’s public health data.”

“The CDC has nearly 75 years of experience in mitigating the spread of diseases and illnesses,” Raoul said. “Removing the CDC from the system for reporting hospital COVID-19 data will significantly inhibit its ability to battle this pandemic which has sickened and taken the lives of thousands throughout the United States, including more than 7,400 in Illinois.”

As of July 15, hospitals no longer report COVID-19 data to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network but instead use HHS’ TeleTracking portal. HHS is now publicly posting the data on its HHS Protect Public Data Hub (also see FAQs).