No, Hospitals Are Not Inflating the Covid Numbers to Get More Financial Reimbursements From Medicare/Medicaid

No, hospitals are not falsely listing covid as the reason for treatment of patients and the cause of death so they can get higher financial reimbursements.

I heard this from a family member yesterday and the implication was that the covid deaths and diagnoses are very inflated due to higher reimbursements and payments hospitals will receive if they literally falsify the treatment records.

By the way, apparently this is a story that was running on Fox News, not really a news program in my opinion, but more of a political entertainment show – Fox even admits this is the case for much of their programming.

This gets back to a bigger peeve I have. We have a responsibility to be better consumers of information, especially with the flood of disinformation out there. We need to be suspicious of stories in the media that especially are tailored to our political perspectives. I recently wrote a post on my blog about the danger of misinformation and our need to be strong critical thinkers when we look at information in the media.…/a-clear-and-present-danger/

I think many do not use the skills of critical thinking and are more delighted to find a story that reinforces their opinions or perspective. I would first ask, who does this story benefit? Who wrote this or said this? What is their agenda? Is this showing up in other locations in the media?

Here is a link to a critical thinking cheat sheet that I used with my students as a tool for analyzing information and media stories. My students were always surprised at many of their own answers to the questions for analyzing media stories.…/Wabisabi_Learning…

Lastly, here is a response from Fact Check. org responding to the media story (note, I am referring to a “media story” and not a “news story.” Some have used the term “fake news” to any story that is not complimentary to them. Well, here is a fair time to use the term “fake news.”…/hospital-payments-and-the…/

Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count -


Hospital Payments and the COVID-19 Death Count –

Published by Ed Pirie

I am a native Vermonter. I am a child of the 50s, 1951 to be exact. For much of my youth Vermont had one foot in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. The old ways coexisted with a world that was changing. We were sort of insulated in Vermont from much that was happening outside our state, but our little protective bubble was shrinking. My understanding of today has been greatly influenced by the past as the past was always part of our present in the Vermont of the 1950s and even the 60s. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. You will find my thoughts on many topics here. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. I try to write clearly and simply. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting my site. Take care.

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