the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, the debate has begun to rage over the accuracy of the COVID 19 numbers, both for deaths and number of cases . many claim there is an inconsistency with data collection with some states count presumed coronavirus deaths along with confirmed cases under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued last month and other states don’t count those deaths.
In some cases deaths have been classified as a COVID-19 death even after a physician or loved ones reported otherwise. And those who died “with” COVID-19 have been included in the count with those who died “of” COVID-19.
There is also the persistent rumors that the healthcare coding , the classifying of health issues to collect insurance is being purposefully slanted toward COVID19 insurance claims to generate higher coverage ie… a bigger payout.
The Trump Administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC when sharing COVID-19 data with the US government. The new process would have data sent to a central database within HHS. Officials from the president’s administration have suggested that this move was used to improve information access for the White House coronavirus task force, allowing the group to make decisions around the allocation of supplies including PPE and medical countermeasures. Many experts worry that this transition may limit data access and harm public transparency. The Presidential Administration has also asked governors to consider sending the National Guard to assist in hospital data collection efforts.