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Message Subject CDC Chief Agrees There’s ‘Perverse’ Economic ‘Incentive’ for Hospitals to Inflate Coronavirus Deaths
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United States hospitals have a “perverse” monetary “incentive” to increase their count of coronavirus fatalities, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s director Robert Redfield indicated under questioning from a Republican lawmaker during a House panel hearing on Friday.

Asked to comment on what Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) described as the “perverse incentive” during a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Dr. Redfield responded:

I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes too, really in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack, but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement.

So I do think there’s some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate and … we review all of those death certificates.

So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won’t say there are not some cases. I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure.

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 Quoting: LoneStarRising

Stop it.

If you value healthcare at all you stop spreading this bullshit.

They stopped all elective surgery at all hostpials across the us. This is where all hospitals make enough money to survive and to provide you with the emergency care everyone expects. It's how it works in a capitalistic society. Seriously I know whoever posted this bullshit is trying to be a conservative friend or whatever, but you are missing the mark. How about you go have a conversation with one of your conservative friends who runs a hospital and ask them why they are doing and reporting they way that they are.

Like the dumb fucking logic on the right is so fucked, you guys are fucking eating up like kids in a candie store. Nice work Putin! Nice work Aleksander Duggin.

Mitch Mcconell just gave y'all the OK to walk away from Trump, I would take it. The age of told whiney grandma deuchebag men is over.

The sleep has awoken and we won't forget your choice.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78264490

I have a good friend who is the CEO of a hospital here in Texas. He said the exact same thing as the article. Hospitals are incentivized financially to report more cases as COVID-19. And that some, if not most, hospitals are fudging their numbers to get the additional funds from the Feds. The article does not dispute that hospitals are in need of additional revenue because other sources of revenue have been canceled. It does not change the fact that people who did not die of COVID-19 are being classified that way and distorting the reality of the number of COVID-19 deaths.
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