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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

This agency administers federal health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The center’s many projects include collecting and analyzing data as well as producing statistics, trends and research reports on health and health care. Data for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are sourced from the Integrated Data Repository (IDR) using final action Medicare Fee-for-Service claims data, Medicare Advantage encounter data and Medicare enrollment information. Hospitalization data are restricted to those participating in Part A. Data are downloaded from the Preliminary Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a unit of the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency responsible for detecting and tracking existing, new and emerging health threats as well as promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environments. Data for this report are downloaded from the COVID Data Tracker.

CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Vital Statistics Rapid Release Program

The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) is part of the CDC National Health Statistics Center (NHSC) and helps collect and disseminate the Nation’s official vital statistics. The NVSS works with states on the registration of vital events: births, deaths, marriages, divorces and fetal deaths.
The Vital Statistics Rapid Release Program provides access to the timeliest vital statistics for public health surveillance through releases of quarterly Provisional Estimates and state and national provisional control counts of births, deaths and infant deaths based on a current flow of vital statistics data from state vital records offices. Data for this report are downloaded from the Mortality Dashboard.

CDC, National Healthcare Safety Network, Long Term Care Facility COVID-19 Module

The National Healthcare Safety Network is part of the CDC and tracks health care-associated infections, providing insights at the facility, state and national levels with the aim of eliminating healthcare-associated infections. The Long Term Care Facility COVID-19 Module is required for any CMS-certified Long Term Care facility and includes nursing homes/skilled nursing, long-term care for the developmentally disabled and assisted living facilities. Facilities can submit data for the module for any week at any time, which may change historical numbers. Data for this report are downloaded from the CMS Data Warehouse.

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