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Austerity program at San Diego Hospice brings layoffs (More than 180 sacked)
The North County Times ^ | November 29, 2012 | Paul Sisson

Posted on 11/29/2012 10:12:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

More than 180 San Diego Hospice employees received layoff notices Wednesday and Thursday, as the organization implements an austerity plan designed to keep it operating in the face of ongoing Medicare audits.

Chief Executive Kathleen Pacurar said Thursday that the cuts include temporarily shutting down San Diego Hospice’s most visible presence in the community, a 24-bed specialty hospital in Hillcrest.

The move is the result of Medicare temporarily shutting off reimbursement payments in early November, causing the hospice, one of the largest in the nation, to temporarily stop admitting patients.

Those Medicare payments have since resumed, removing doubts about the organization’s survival. But heightened federal scrutiny of its patient admittance practices continues, forcing the hospice to downsize.

Pacurar said that 95 percent of hospice services are delivered to patients in their homes, and that work will continue unabated....

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: 2012; bholayoffs; california; democrats; layoffs; medicare; obamacare
They'll be as busy as a pancake vendor at a lumberjack convention as soon as ObamaCare's death panels kick in.
1 posted on 11/29/2012 10:12:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; null and void

people are just going to have to die at home...


2 posted on 11/29/2012 10:17:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hear veterinarians are doing at-home euthanasia now...


3 posted on 11/30/2012 2:38:19 AM PST by Catmom
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