Updates to CMS-3401-IFC: Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting of COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and CAHs 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

On Friday, May 27, 2022, CMS posted updates to QSO-21-03-Hospitals/CAHs.

Data Reporting Elements and Reporting Mechanisms

On July 29, 2020, HHS published updated guidance for hospital COVID-19 reporting: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/covid-19-faqs-hospitals-hospital-laboratory-acute-carefacility-data-reporting.pdf. The guidance states that hospitals should report specified information at least once daily through one of the prescribed methods described below.

Facilities to Report

The following hospitals should report the data elements specified in the table below on a daily basis. Psychiatric and Rehabilitation hospitals will report once annually and only include the data for the previous week.:

• Short term 
• Long term
• Critical access hospital  
• Children’s• Distinct part psychiatric hospital
 • Medicaid only short term
• Medicaid only children’s 
• Medicaid only long-term hospitals

The above is found on page 2 of the 12-page QSO Memorandum.  Additional updates (look for the red ink) are found on pages 6 and 7; updates to influenza reporting are found on pages 10 and 11.