Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services released updated guidance on COVID-19 reporting to TeleTracking introducing optional health care worker and patient vaccination measures. Hospitals are required to report certain data elements related to the COVID-19 public health emergency as a Condition of Participation in the Medicare program, as described in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ September interim final rule with comment period. This requirement is met by reporting data to TeleTracking. The new measures include the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the previous week for hospital personnel, first doses and completed vaccinations in the previous week for patients and hospital personnel, and the number of hospital personnel who have not received any vaccination doses yet.

Hospitals can opt to submit the vaccination measures on Wednesdays starting today, January 13. We encourage you to review TeleTracking’s release notes and the updated template for those using .CSV file upload. For those reporting for the first time, hospitals are asked to include values for previous weeks when vaccines were provided.

For issues with accessing the TeleTracking portal, please contact TeleTracking Technical Support at (877) 570-6903. Please contact Zeynep Sumer King with questions about COVID-19 and Amy Chin with questions about the reporting.