Last week, San Diego Hospice announced it will close in the next 60-90 days. Efforts are underway to ensure continuity of care for their current patients. A [substantial] portion of its assets will be auctioned off; Scripps Health has made a “floor” bid of $10.7 million. But it looks like as many as half of the remaining employees will be laid off. There is reluctance on the part of potential buyers to just purchase the hospice in its entirety, because the size of the liability is unknown (as I noted last week).
Let’s hope that good palliative care becomes increasingly established as good medicine wherever it is needed, and that third-party payer rules don’t squeeze it as it (and some patients, by extension) get better.
Worth reading is the San Diego Union-Tribune’s story about Dr. Doris Howell, the founder of San Diego Hospice.