Are there any incentives, either at the federal of the state levels?
In the US what financial incentives are there, if any, for hospitals to report covid deaths & illnesses?
Factcheck, back in April, said that Medicare paid more for COVID patients, but there was no evidence of fraud:
I don’t know if it’s still the case – I couldn’t find any articles past around the April time period.
There are penalties, both at the state and federal levels.
Apart from being disbarred / de-funded, (both of which take years to finalize) I don’t know what the penalties are. Those penalties are sufficient to get everybody to co-operate, but not always in a timely manner.
The recent change to reporting requirements required a matching change to hospital procedures and software. Not everybody got there on time, and, in the nature of things, you would expect there to still be errors.
Since it is a reportable illness, there is a positive obligation to report known cases. Presumably, non-compliance carries penalties. Of course, one needs to test to report.
Thanks for that. I haven’t found more current articles yet.
Obligation is one thing, while incentivizing is another.