LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s lax oversight of its palliative care system has led to widespread fraud within the rapidly growing end-of-life care industry, potentially putting patients at risk in their final days. , according to a state audit released Tuesday.
The report concludes that the California Department of Public Health is not rigorous enough in reviewing hospices that apply for state licenses and then fails to adequately follow up on investigations into suspected fraud, wrote Michael Tilden, the acting state auditor, in a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom and California lawmakers.
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