Financial incentive to diagnose patients with COVID-19

Now we know why patients are being diagnosed with COVID-19 even if they haven't been tested, why the official cause of death for deceased patients is COVID-19 even if they weren't tested and/or if the cause of death was something else, and why countless patients are put on ventilators despite poor outcomes and less invasive options for certain patients.

According to a report at The Daily Wire, hospitals are reimbursed more for patients with a diagnosis code for COVID-19.  And patients on ventilators bring in even more money.  A lot more.

Hospitals get paid more money if a patient is coded for the novel coronavirus, even if they haven't been tested in some states, multiple fact-checking sites have confirmed…Hospitals get a 20% add-on for COVID-19-coded patients and roughly three times as much if such patients are placed on a ventilator.

In the beginning of April, physician and State Sen. Scott Jensen (R-MN) notified the public of the policy and later emphasized on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" that "anytime health care intersects with dollars, it gets awkward."  [snip]

On Facebook, the Republican reiterated, "How can anyone not believe that increasing the number of COVID-19 deaths may create an avenue for states to receive a larger portion of federal dollars…"

"Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it's a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for — if they're Medicare — typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000," he added on April 19. "But if it's COVID-19 pneumonia, then it's $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000."

In other words, hospitals can rake in public dollars by manipulating information and misrepresenting the truth.

The coronavirus is proving to be a sickness with consequences far and beyond the actual illness.  All sorts of evil are coming out of the woodwork.

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