“Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota physician and Republican state senator, told a local station he received a 7-page document coaching him to fill out death certificates with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test to confirm the patient actually had the virus.
‘It’s ridiculous. The determination of cause of death is a big deal. The idea that we’re going to allow people to massage and game the numbers is a real issue because we’re going to undermine trust.
I would never put down influenza as the cause of death. Yet that’s what we’re being asked to do here.’
Dr. Jensen also disclosed that hospitals are paid more if they list patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Senator Dr. Scott Jensen: ‘Right now Medicare is determining that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital you get $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator you get $39,000, three times as much. Nobody can tell me after 35 years in the world of medicine that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do.'”
And the public has been told many times with prosecuted examples that Medicaid / Medicare fraud is a crime. On the plus side, COVID-19 must be the ultimate cure for deadly medical conditions, if no one dies of anything else anymore.
Cui bono questions as John Hopkins will be herding the US public toward the cliff April 6-10, 2020 draws to a close for the week:
- This change in medical reporting has had / will have what effects on the headlines we’ve seen and will see?
- Who has benefited / will benefit from (medical, economic, social, and political) reports on and actions taken with the change in medical reporting to: “COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”
- Who has suffered and will suffer from these reports and actions?