Is the pandemic death count skewed by Medicare reimbursement bonus?
Government-mandated pandemic shutdowns may force cash-starved hospitals to attribute patient deaths to COVID-19, even if another comorbidity or accident caused the death. What role might a Medicare COVID-19 “bounty” play in the growing trends, as cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus spike to new records? And what to make of the stat that 89% of those who die from the pandemic had a “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order?
- Bill Whittle
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