The government is “incentivizing” (i.e. bribing) hospitals to inflate their COVID patient numbers. It’s part of the CARES Act:
That first round of $12 billion to 400 hospitals comes out to $30 million per hospital, so long as the hospital reported 100 or more COVID patients.
How did they calculate that figure? They started with a baseline of nearly $77,000 per COVID patient and then just multiplied it by the number of patients:
More reason not to trust the official case figures.