👀 I’d love to understand why the federal government will no longer require hospitals to report the daily number of #COVID19 deaths as of February 2nd

Cc @HHS_Spox @HHS_ASH @hhs @Cyrusshahpar46
IMHO, in-hospital #COVID19 deaths is “a surveillance indicator for U.S. health care system stress, capacity, capability, and/or patient safety”

But what do I know? I’m just a health data scientist that’s developed national healthcare quality metrics

There’s no other source of daily in-hospital #COVID19 deaths at the state/national level. All other data sources are derivatives of *this* specific field. This field is *not* found in any other publicly available dataset. This field is used to estimate total COVID deaths + more
Closed replies because I just realized that I @‘ed the wrong HHS, and now I feel terrible for flooding their mentions with replies to this thread. Sorry!
I, for one, care to know if certain policies— like shorter isolation periods for #COVID19 (+) hospital staff— are associated with higher-than-expected in-hospital deaths.

Without this HHS data, we won't know be able to detect a problem until it's too late (several weeks later)
I, for one, care to have a secondary data source that can be used to double-check #COVID19 deaths reported by states with a 20-month track record of unscrupulous policies and questionable data management
When patients are taken off life support in a hospital, they're reported as an in-hospital death and we learn about it within a few days. After Feb 2, we won't know about it for weeks— if at all b/c cause of death on death certificates are subject to social and political pressure
For those putting their faith in death certificate data but have never filled out a death certificate: "After overwhelming the nation’s health care system, the coronavirus evaded its antiquated, decentralized system of investigating and recording deaths."


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