USA Today: Hospitals get more $$$ for patients with COV, especially if on vents


Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Minn., a 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 need a ventilator.

The claim was published April 9 by The Spectator, a conservative publication. WorldNetDaily shared it April 10 and, according to Snopes, a related meme was shared on social media in mid-April.

The story had legs for the next couple of weeks although Jensen clearly said he doesn’t believe there was an ethical violation in how patients are treated.

Caveat: The information came from a tabloid, The Daily Mail.

USA Today Ruled It True

USA Today rated 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.

This higher allocation of funds has been made possible under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act through a Medicare 20% add-on to its regular payment for COVID-19 patients, as verified by USA TODAY through the American Hospital Association Special Bulletin on the topic.


After this was published, we saw a video by a nurse named Sara P. who reported on some very alarming information. We have no way to confirm this. The original link has been taken down from Facebook. We don’t know if this is accurate but we are putting it up for discussion purposes only.

Every occupation has some bad practitioners, and this makes one wonder. This is especially concerning after we were told Governor Cuomo dumped the elderly sick who have the virus into ill-equipped nursing homes, instead of hospitals.

In any case, the extra funds encourage dishonest reporting by desperate hospitals. Doctors have reported pressure on them to report everyone who is “presumed” to have COV as COV.


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3 years ago

If you are in Hospice, it’s Covid.

Happy Jack
Happy Jack
3 years ago

Now you know why the numbers are faked. Isn’t it around $40,000 for each CCP virus patient?
Why wouldn’t healthcare be corrupted and distorted just like everything else in the Long March Through the Institutions?
If you have elders involved in healthcare keep a sharp eye on every white coat RAT to make sure that they are not being scammed or taken advantage of.

3 years ago

It wouldn’t be the first time where hospital administrators have manipulated situations for their benefit. There’s also Too Many “TV Doctors” that refuse to take into account the unintended consequences for the long term. The difficulty is the impending disaster cannot be discussed because of the reactions and its effects.

Can we be convinced that Covid is highly contagious with the most severe results. Or is it possible that asymptomatic cases spread a less lethal version. The news says New York may have a 20% infection rate which should indicate more widespread severe illnesses. Obviously those who have the more severe symptoms will spread it virulently. Taking into account we now know Cuomo deliberately infected a greater population with the virulent form via nursing homes, combined with the policy of reducing trains and buses, undoubtedly created the infamous hot zone of New York.

With that in mind, should policies required for New York be installed throughout the country. It was bad policies that mostly created hot zones but the wider public are suffering the consequences. For those like Fauci and Birx to dismiss the obvious and use New York as the “model” for widespread policies is borderline incompetence. Fauci has been far too rigid in his conclusions and recommendations for him to be taken seriously. It’s my impression he is suffering from egotism and has resorted to the extreme, after, and because of, his previous dismissal of the seriousness of the virus.

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
3 years ago

Profiteering off the virus, more to be revealed.