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Facts: Hospitals Are Getting Paid More To List Patients As Having Coronavirus

“So you have a situation where medical facilities may be receiving an extraordinary amount of additional funds for medical services and equipment in which some (maybe many) people who’ve been misdiagnosed as coronavirus patients don’t need or won’t use.”

Sources like the Statesmen News Network claim that there is no scandal behind Hospitals getting more for Coronavirus patients.

“A post shared on Facebook claims hospitals have a financial incentive to claim patients had COVID-19, saying payment is three times higher if a patient goes on a ventilator. An article the post links to includes comments from a doctor who suggests the number of coronavirus cases is being padded.

It is standard for Medicare to pay roughly three times more for a patient with a respiratory condition who goes on a ventilator than for one who does not. That has nothing to do with the coronavirus.

As part of a federal stimulus bill, Medicare is paying hospitals 20% more than standard rates for COVID-19 patients.”

In other words, they’re saying there’s no denying of extra funds being received, but it was in the name of responding appropriately to a demand for emergency respiratory services ventilator equipment.

USA Today reports, “Dr. Scott Jensen, a senator and physician in Minnesota, was interviewed by “The Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham on April 8 on Fox News and claimed hospitals get paid more if Medicare patients are listed as having COVID-19 and get three times as much money if they end up needing a ventilator.”

The article goes on to say, “Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it’s a straight-forward, 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. 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.”

It’s been explained by many experts in the medical field that the global Coronavirus numbers are grossly exaggerated. A report from medicalnet.com explains why the Coronavirus tests are inaccurate:

“Why Are Coronavirus Tests Inaccurate? – The study authors note that RT-PCR tests may produce false negatives due to laboratory error or insufficient amount of viral material collected from the patient. Samples that are stored or handled improperly also result in false negatives.

Tests may result in false negatives if the patient is tested too early in the course of infection and there is insufficient amount of virus to be detected. Improper sampling may result in a false negative.

Another potential problem with test kits: Faulty reagents. The CDC recently admitted test kits they distributed resulted in inconsistent results due to a problematic reagent required for the test. They are now manufacturing the reagents using stricter quality control measures.

In the middle of cold and flu season, it is possible that some people who are being tested for coronavirus do not actually have the infection. Symptoms like cough and fever are nonspecific and may occur with many conditions other than COVID-19.”

So you have a situation where medical facilities may be receiving an extraordinary amount of additional funds for medical services and equipment in which some (maybe many) people who’ve been misdiagnosed as coronavirus patients don’t need or won’t use.

In other words, free bands.

Still sound legit?