Aug 02, 2020
CDC director admits hospitals have monetary incentive to inflate coronavirus death count
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During a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) asked whether hospitals have "perverse incentive" to inflate COVID-19 fatality numbers.
Shockingly, Redfield admitted that they do.
"I think you're correct in that we've seen this in other disease processes, too," Redfield said.
"Really, in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there's greater reimbursement," he explained. "So, I do think there's some reality to that."
"When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it's how the physician defines it in the death certificate, and … we review all of those death certificates. So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won't say there are not some cases," he continued. "I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure."
Debate has raged over whether coronavirus deaths are being counted accurately, and various studies have found conflicting conclusions.
More from the Washington Examiner:A Yale study concluded that the overall coronavirus death toll in the United States is a "substantial undercount" of the actual number; White House coronavirus response team member Dr. Deborah Birx suggested in May that deaths are being overcounted by 25%.
There appear to be cases where the opposite has happened. An investigation in Florida found that several deaths were wrongly attributed to the virus, including the case of a man who died from a gunshot wound to the head.
The CDC's website lists over 3,700 coronavirus deaths characterized as "intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events." In Texas, more than 3,000 people were recently removed from the overall coronavirus count because they were never actually tested but considered "probable" cases.
Still, it may never be possible to get an accurate count of deaths or cases, considering not everyone who contracts the disease is tested.
Indeed, antibody tests continually show that a significant portion of the population has likely contracted COVID-19, yet never knew they had the virus.
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Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo admits she has stuck with show for 15 years ‘to make money’ after raking in $20m a year
GREY'S Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo has admitted she has stuck with the show for 15 years ‘to make money’ after raking in $20m a year.
The 50-year-old actress has played titular character Meredith Grey on the hit ABC series for more than a decade.4Grey's Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo has admitted she has stuck with the show for 15 years ‘to make money’ after raking in $20m a yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty
While many of her high-profile co-stars - including Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh - have moved on to other big projects, Ellen has explained why she has stayed put.
Speaking on Spotify's Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast, she said: "You know, I made choices to stay on the show.
"For me, personally, a healthy home life was more important than career. I didn't grow up with a particularly happy childhood.
"So the idea that I have this great husband and these three beautiful children [and] a happy home life was really something I needed to complete, to close the hole in my heart."4The 50-year-old actress has played titular character Meredith Grey on the hit ABC series for more than a decadeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4While many of her high-profile co-stars - including Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh - have moved on to other big projects, Ellen has explained why she has stayed putCredit: Alamy
She continued: "And so I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles.
"I don't like chasing anything ever, and acting to me, in my experience, was a lot of chasing.
"You've got to chase roles, you've got to beg for roles, you've got to convince people … and although I produce and it's the same kind of thing, I think I still do it from a place of, I'm never that thirsty because I'm financially set."
Ellen has daughters Stella, 10, and Sienna, five, as well as son Eli, three, with husband Chris Ivery and revealed in 2018 she had negotiated an annual paycheck of $20 million.Most read in DramaTEXT!Love Island USA season 2 will premiere on August 24 in Las Vegas hotelbriana's nightmareTeen Mom’s Briana ‘hasn’t processed’ baby daddy Luis gave her an STDCOUNTING ON SECURITYJim Bob and Michelle Duggar admit they monitor adult children's phonesIN TOO DEEP?Teen Mom star Bar Smith shows off ankle bracelet while lounging in the poolGET OUTWhy were Pumpkin and Honey Boo Boo evicted from their home?ExclusiveHERE COMES... JAIL?Mama June facing 1 year in jail for crack arrest after court date set 4Ellen is now one of the highest paid actresses on TV after negotiating a $20 million a year contract in 2018Credit: Alamy
This made her one of the highest paid actresses on TV and she also earns a producing fee from Grey's spin-off series, Station 19.
Ellen also revealed how finding fame on the show in her 30s had also made a difference to her decision-making.
She explained: "I got in the game late. I didn't start Grey's until I was 33, and then I started having kids at 40.
"If I started the show when I was younger, [like] 25, I probably would have dipped out when I was 31, 32, [when] my six-year contract was up, but my age had a lot to do with it."Meredith Grey returns in trailer for Grey's Anatomy season 16