Medicare stakes claim in San Diego Hospice bankruptcy case

By the KPBS/inewsource Investigations Desk

For the first time, the United States government has confirmed it is owed millions of dollars by San Diego Hospice.

In court documents filed today, the U.S. Attorney, on behalf of Medicare, joined a motion to appoint a trustee, a third party, to take over the remaining assets of San Diego Hospice.

The government also declared intent to file a claim against the hospice for what could be $50 million.

“As the Committee notes, Debtor itself has estimated its liability to the United States at $50 million,” the documents state.

Medicare will also “hold the single largest unsecured claim in this case by a substantial factor,” according to court documents.

A hearing to decide whether a trustee will be appointed is scheduled for March 27.


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About Joanne Faryon:

Joanne Faryon is a freelance reporter and former inewsource and KPBS reporter.