Lets See What The Mainstream Media Has Found…
“HHS reported, 63 California hospitals, received $50,000 for each eligible coronavirus patient they admitted between Jan. 1 and June 10, 2020. That’s a combined total of more than $607 million.”
ABC News link: https://www.abc10.com/article/news/verify/verify-do-hospitals-get-more-funding-by-marking-deaths-covid-19-related/103-36834bad-1113-4f67-8804-5d97e6593745
USA Today did a Fact Check article on this point and also found it to be TRUE.
“We rate the claim that hospitals get paid more if patients are listed as COVID-19 and on ventilators as TRUE.”
“Hospitals and doctors do get paid more for Medicare patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or if it’s considered presumed they have COVID-19 absent a laboratory-confirmed test, and three times more if the patients are placed on a ventilator to cover the cost of care and loss of business resulting from a shift in focus to treat COVID-19 cases.”
USA Today Fact Check article link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/24/fact-check-medicare-hospitals-paid-more-covid-19-patients-coronavirus/3000638001/
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times found that Nursing homes could be paid four times more for coronavirus patients than for other residents and that Coronavirus patients could be cash cows for nursing homes.
“COVID-19 patients can bring in upward of $800 per day, according to nursing home administrators and medical directors interviewed by The Times.
By contrast, facilities collect as little as $200 per day for long-term patients with dementia.”
Los Angeles Times article: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-03/coronavirus-nursing-homes-financial-profits
Washington Examiner reported CDC director acknowledges hospitals have a monetary incentive to over count coronavirus deaths.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield agreed that some hospitals have a monetary incentive to over count coronavirus deaths as they do deaths for other diseases.
“I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease outbreaks 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,” Redfield said during a House panel hearing Friday when asked by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer about potential “perverse incentives.”