Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed the attached letter on behalf of Vice President Mike Pence requesting that hospitals report certain data elements related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Hospitals are asked to report on a daily basis: 1) the number of COVID-19 patients in-house and hospital bed and ventilator capacity to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN); and 2) for hospitals with in-house laboratory testing for COVID-19, the number of COVID-19 tests conducted and the number of positive results via e-mail to the Department of Health and Human Services. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will use the data to support their efforts to provide aid to states and localities responding to COVID-19.

NHSN COVID-19 Reporting

All hospitals are asked to report data daily to the NHSN COVID-19 Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Module. The module allows for manual entry and CSV upload of data but does not accommodate batch upload of data for multiple hospitals. Hospitals are asked to report aggregate data on the following: COVID-19 patients hospitalized, on ventilators, with suspected hospital onset, in overflow locations awaiting an inpatient bed, and the number of deaths in patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Data on hospital capacity requested includes total hospital beds, bed occupancy, total intensive care unit beds, and the number of ventilators total and in-use. Data element specifications and instructions on using the module are attached. For more information, see the CDC website or contact nhsn@cdc.gov with “COVID-19 Module” in the subject line.

COVID-19 In-House Laboratory Testing Reporting

Hospitals with in-house laboratory testing for COVID-19 are asked to e-mail COVID-19 testing data daily using the attached Excel spreadsheet. Submission is due everyday by 5:00 p.m. ET to fema-hhs-covid-diagnostics-tf@fema.dhs.gov. Data requested includes the number of tests, number of results released, rejected specimens, positive tests, and number of tests and positive results to-date for COVID-19 testing. For questions on reporting, please contact fema-hhs-covid-diagnostics-tf@fema.dhs.gov.