The President of the AAPS Exposes the Strategem by the CDC and State Health Authorities to Deceptively Inflate COVID-19 Death Statistics
July 22, 2020 by Edward Hendrie
Dr. Kristin Held is the President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). She has written an article that exposes the trickery used by the CDC and the State Boards of Health to inflate the COVID-19 infection and death rates. She explains how it was done.
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) adopted new definitions of COVID-19 cases and COVID-related deaths in April that were adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May. The states were then encouraged to adopt the new definitions.
These new definitions had the direct effect of artificially inflating the COVID-19 case and death statistics. Dr. Held reveals that under the new criteria “COVID-related deaths can include anyone who has COVID-19 listed on their death certificate as one of the causes of death- it doesn’t have to be the first or second cause, and no COVID-19 testing is required.”
There a political motivation to increase COVID-19 case and death statistics. Dr. Held reveals that the hospitals that go along with that political program are being handsomely compensated by the Federal Government. Dr. Held explains:
Why would someone want to inflate case counts, and what are the risks and benefits of doing so? As reported in Modern Healthcare, July 17, 2020, “HHS to send $10 billion in round two of relief grants to COVID-19 hot spots.” Modern Healthcare reports, “Hospitals that had more than 161 COVID-19 admissions between January 1 and June 10 will be paid $50,000 for each COVID-19 admission. HHS asked hospitals to start submitting COVID-19 admission data on June 8.”
Hospitals that use the new CDC definition stand to make millions of dollars. The first round of HHS grants was $12 billion and paid $76,975 per admission to hospitals that had more than 100 COVID-19 admissions from January 1 through April 1. Clearly, states hit early got tons of money- Illinois got $740 M, New York got $684 M, and Pennsylvania got $655 M alone. Additionally, Medicaid will pay out $15 billion in relief funds- hospitals must apply by August, so the more cases the better the return.
Remember, this is on top of the extra money commercial insurers and the extra 20% Medicare pay the hospitals for patients hospitalized “with COVID-19.” The hospitals reporting the most cases get the most money. In addition to expanding the definition of a New COVID-19 case to include exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient and a self-reported fever, lowering admission thresholds, and requiring testing on every admission, the ability to code a hospital admission as “with-COVID” is easy and becomes a very lucrative business model.
Dr. Held concludes:
Clearly, hospitals are financially incentivized to code more COVID cases and deaths. Definitions matter. Another sad consequence is that we are losing freedoms and destroying our state and country based on the inflated numbers. Our reopenings are based on these numbers –we have lost our ability to congregate in groups of 10 or more, go to church, school, weddings, funerals, sporting events, concerts, or go anywhere without a mask, or hug our parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and the lonely.
There is lots of more great information with links that exposes the whole fraud.