San Diego Hospice failed to report patient data to state

by Joanne Faryon and Ryann GrochowskiKPBS and inewsource

San Diego Hospice failed to comply with a state law requiring disclosure of certain patient information two years in a row.

Every year, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development requires health care providers, like hospices, to file certain patient information.

San Diego Hospice did not file any of the required data with the state — not in 2009 or 2010.

Among other things, hospices are required to report how many patients received care for six months or longer before they died or were discharged.

According to the state, the requirement allows for greater scrutiny and helps to set standards.

Failure to report the data could have resulted in a suspension of the hospice’s license, but no action was ever taken.

“CDPH (California Department of Public Health) received no complaint about a failure to report data and therefore, we did not investigate,” CDPH spokesperson Ralph Montano said.

San Diego Hospice filed for bankruptcy last month, in the wake of a two-year federal investigation, much of it centered on patient eligibility.

A spokesperson for the hospice says the data wasn’t filed with the state because of staff changes. San Diego Hospice also did not supply the missing data to the KPBS/inewsource Investigations Desk despite our request.

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About Joanne Faryon

Joanne Faryon is an investigative reporter and multimedia producer for inewsource. During her 20 year career in journalism, she has been a documentary producer, a print, radio and TV reporter, and host of a nightly news show. Contact her directly with news tips: joannefaryon@inewsource.org

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