The Trump administration will not require nursing homes to provide data on coronavirus cases and deaths that occurred prior to May 6, according to a government.
Nursing homes are compelled by the government to send the data from before the date. But the information only has to go back to a week leading up to their first filings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was by May 17.
Older dates are optional but nursing homes are to report their date at least weekly, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Long-term-care facilities across the country have been slammed by the virus, with more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S., according to a recent Journal tally.
Nursing homes are compelled by the government to send the data from before May 6 but it is optional. The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, pictured in March when it was the epicenter of the virus in the state
Earlier forms from the CDC required nursing homes to provide date going back to January 1.
The rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who encouraged nursing homes to still release earlier data.
The American Health Care Association, among other groups, asked the CDC to 'clarify if reporting was mandatory or voluntary prior to May.' The CDC reportedly said that 'reporting prior to May 8 would be voluntary per regulation.'
'As guidance and surveillance systems are put in place, clarifying revisions are made to meet the needs [of] our partners, health organizations, and other federal agencies,' the CDC added.
Some states do have data providing insight as to the pandemic's impact on nursing home, the data from the CDC was to provide a full national overview of its impact.
The rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who encouraged nursing homes to still release earlier data. View of refrigerated trucks at Isabella Geriatric Center on Saturday, May 2. The nursing home lost 46