THE ACCURACY OF HOSPITALIZATION DATA AND THE “WISDOM” OF MAKING OTHER PEOPLE COPY ME

Tom approaches the wuhan virus in a very rational way and uses common sense, two qualities that are in short supply these days when it comes to the wuhan virus. He also cites a most welcome “random act of journalism” manifested in an article by the “The Atlantic”.

The only thing missing from the article is a consideration of the potential impact of fraud which could skew the numbers.

An OIG report of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from February 2021 indicates rampant upcoding for the fiscal year 2019.

Upcoding is a type of fraud in the healthcare system which involves the use of a false secondary diagnosis or the fraudulent swapping of main diagnosis and secondary diagnosis.
For a good and simple explanation see https://www.hallrender.com/2021/03/01/hospitals-beware-new-oig-report-suggests-rampant-inpatient-upcoding/

It would be extremely naive not to consider the possible impact of upcoding, especially if the diagnosis Covid-19 is a lucrative one.

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Illustration of the morphology of coronaviruses; the club-shaped viral spike peplomers, coloured red, create the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically (from here (en.wikipedia.org))

What is one of the big headaches with the COVID-19 pandemic? Most of the news media is constantly trying to scare us with fear porn. Occasionally, however, we see something increasingly rare, a story in the news media that is actually informative. Here is an excerpt from one such story.

If you want to make sense of the number of COVID hospitalizations at any given time, you need to know how sick each patient actually is. Until now, that’s been almost impossible to suss out. The federal government requires hospitals to report every patient who tests positive for COVID, yet the overall tallies of COVID hospitalizations, made available on various state and federal dashboards and widely reported on by the media…

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