3026 - On June 4, HHS released new Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing, which outlined data elements that must be reported to HHS by laboratories along with COVID-19 test results. Is additional information, including technical specifications, available to support laboratories with implementation?
Yes, in addition to the new Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing, there are more detailed, technical specifications, examples, and links to underlying coding elements have been provided to support the clinical and laboratory stakeholder communities in adopting and implementing consistent and harmonized data capture, coding, and reporting. Please see the following resources for further details:
- Lab Data Reporting Implementation Guide for COVID-19*
- COVID-19 Data Reporting for Non-Lab-Based Testing (Updated September 23, 2020)
- HHS ELR Submission Guidance using HL7 v2 Messages
Any questions, comments, or requests for technical support should be directed to: DLSinquiries@cdc.gov
As described in the guidance, anyone who orders a COVID-19 test, collects a specimen, or performs a laboratory test must make every reasonable effort to collect complete demographic information as well as data for "ask on order entry" (AOE) questions. To facilitate this in the clinical community, CDC has provided further information for healthcare providers and additional information at How to Report COVID-19 Laboratory Data.
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