HHS Requiring Labs to Report Patients’ Race, Ethnicity With COVID-19 Tests in Effort to Combat Disparities

Source: FierceHealthcare

Following outcries from lawmakers and the public about the lack of demographic data for COVID-19 testing, the Trump administration is now requiring laboratories to collect demographic data like race, ethnicity, and sex when reporting test results, according to a FierceHealthcare report.

Data shows black Americans have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic, Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, who is leading the White House testing response, said during a conference call with reporters Thursday.

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