Early COVID law implemented a 20% increase in Medicare inpatient DRG payments, if the patient has a COVID diagnosis. In August, CMS clarified it wanted a documented direct COVID test in the patient's record before certifying the case rates the 20% supplement (here).[FN1]
While it was published in September, Avalere has an excellent discussion of average DRG payments for different types of Medicare and Medicaid payments - find it here.
- Average COVID hospitalization payments were $23,489.
- Average COVID hospitalization payments were $11,370 for Medicaid.
- LOS with ventilator support was 14 days; otherwise, 8 days.
- Medicare payments were $12,140 without ventilator support, and rise to $31,174 with ventilator support.