Biden HHS assistant nominee grilled over discrepancies in PA nursing home data

Rachel Levine, Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant Health Secretary was grilled Thursday over discrepancies in Pennsylvania nursing home data on COVID related deaths.

Maine Senator Susan Collins said to Levine “you assured me that Pennsylvania did not do what New York did, that it accurately reported. However, I am told that in September of 2020, Spotlight PA reported issues with inadequate disclosure of cases and deaths in nursing homes,” she continued, pointing to facilities that were found to have reported “no data” while the facilities claimed they had.”

Levine claimed the discrepancies were due to a delay between when deaths were reported and when they hit the state’s electronic death reporting system.

However, according to Fox News “the Keystone state publication — Spotlight PA — alleged the “lag time” explanation given by Levine Thursday, did not actually answer for the discrepancies they found.”

Per the report “the problem originated after nursing homes were “self-reporting” their coronavirus cases and deaths to the state health department through separate online portals, not through the state’s EDRS, as Levine alleged Thursday.”

May of 2020, Pennsylvania legislator Doug Mastriano called on Levine to resign due to the handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.