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AJ Kay
Here's another contributing factor as to why reported hospitalizations have increased: Per updated (10/6) HHS guidelines, patients occupying "Observation" beds (>8hrs) are now included in Hospital admission totals. They were not counted as admissions in July's guidelines...
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AJ Kay Nov 17
Replying to @AJKayWriter
In addition to the new reporting guidelines, CMS also issued new rules, including severe financial penalties for hospitals who fail to report all required data.
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AJ Kay Nov 17
Replying to @AJKayWriter
Add this to the Remdesivir FDA approval on 10/22 which made it the first and only FDA approved tx (and requires a 3-10 day hospital stay--see tweet) AND CMS waiving the Utilization Review process which ensures medical necessity of admissions...
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AJ Kay Nov 17
Replying to @AJKayWriter
In short, Oct saw 3 admin changes that contribute to an increase in reported hosps: 1. Expanded definition of "Covid hospitalization" (10/6) 2. Introduction of severe reporting non-compliance penalties for hosps (10/6) 3. Remdesivir FDA approval (10/22)
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AJ Kay Nov 17
Replying to @AJKayWriter
Links to sources: July HHS reporting guidelines Updated October HHS reporting guidelines: CMS Utilization Review waiver
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AJ Kay Nov 17
Replying to @AJKayWriter
I linked the wrong article in the second tweet, but the point stands. (It happens) Here's the correct one, if interested. It;s an explainer on the penalties. The link to the primary source in #2 is correct:
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John Lawrence Nov 17
Replying to @AJKayWriter
Another change to look out for that's mentioned in this article.
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AJ Kay Nov 18
Replying to @notworking2hard
This is important.
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Gregory A. Beamer Nov 18
Replying to @AJKayWriter
With many observations beds converted to inpatient beds, this would be proper: - yes, it does mean it is hard to compare apples to oranges.
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AJ Kay Nov 18
Replying to @gbworld
Beds converted to inpatient were already counted as inpatient. Including un-converted observation beds is new.
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StallionJockey Nov 17
can you report on this thread? Why can’t the msm report easily identifiable things like this instead of inciting mass panic? I don’t understand this country anymore
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Bfish Nov 18
Need to make good on long dark winter promise. Joe doesn’t want to disappoint early on!
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