That infusion also included $50 million for nursing homes and additional funding for dedicated COVID-19 wings. Half of the money was set aside for hospitals. Though the majority of American hospitals do have the capacity to take on more non-COVID-19 patients, there’s been dramatic reductions in … Twelve deaths — or one in seven of those where a determination had been made — were not attributed to covid-19, Landers said. deaths per million population. Hospitals also report deaths to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and officials there classify them as confirmed if the state has a positive COVID-19 test result on record for the deceased. 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 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. We already know that hospitals get more money for coding a death as Covid-19, so that is one incentive. We can draw assurance from data-based observation that India has fared well in containing the most dreaded manifestation and measure of Covid-19—i.e. The claim: Hospitals get paid more if patients are listed as COVID-19, and on ventilators. To date, News 8 could not find any hospitals cited for making inaccurate claims on discharge papers or death certificates. This content is being provided for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak. VERIFY: Do hospitals get paid more for COVID-19 cases? Anyone with symptoms but no test results who dies is now considered “probable.” In Philadelphia, COVID-19 deaths are submitted to the Health Department by individual hospitals.