Overcounting Covid hospitalizations: Stanford review finds 45% of 117 pediatric “Covid hospitalizations” were not hospitalized for Covid

Four things we know of probably helped drive up the number of hospitalizations coded as due to Covid-19.

One was the payment of considerably more funds by Medicare for a hospitalization coded with a Covid DRG than for a comparable illness.

Two was an extra federal payment to hospitals that met a certain threshold of Covid cases during a specified time period, as discussed by Scott Jensen, MD and recent member of the Minnesota legislature, who is now running for governor.

Three was a required Covid test for every admitted patient, which has some false positives and presumably also identifies asymptomatic cases.

Four was extra emergency payments to states that could show they had a preponderance of Covid patients.

Physicians at Stanford’s quaternary (super specialized and able to care for the very sickest patients) pediatric center examined 117 Covid-coded pediatric hospitalizations that occurred during a 9 month period from May 10, 2020 to February 10, 2021.  They determined that 45% of these children were not admitted because of Covid.  Their paper is short and straightforward.  Worth a quick look.

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Anonymous
6 months ago

Every hospital that has taken money during this pandemic under false pretenses should pay back the taxpayers.

What say you, Stanford?

SOUMIT
SOUMIT
6 months ago
Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago

Interesting article from Trial Site News:

https://trialsitenews.com/should-you-get-vaccinated/

MR

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