When San Diego Hospice filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors for good in 2013, it was amid allegations the venerable institution owed the federal government more than $110 million in false Medicare claims.

The hospice was accused of providing care to people who were not terminal — in other words, not dying within the six months Medicare prescribed for the hospice benefit.

Kathleen Pacurar, CEO of the hospice, told board members there was no alternative but to chumhut down.

Three years later, the federal government answered the Freedom of Information request submitted by inewsource and KPBS, and released the Medicare audit. The results are damning, but not nearly as dire as the public and board of directors of San Diego Hospice were led to believe.

Key officials now believe the hospice could have survived the scrutiny and the financial hit.

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