At Pacific Coast Hospice, we are each guardians of our reputation for ethical business practices and our standing as a leader in the hospice community. We are committed to delivering the highest quality patient care in compliance with our Code of Ethics.
The Pacific Coast Hospice Code of Ethics is to be used as a guide if you are confronted with a situation that raises questions about ethical business conduct. If you think a law, policy or our Code of Ethics is not being followed, you must report it to our Compliance Department. You should also report it to your supervisor. If you feel uneasy talking to your supervisor, voice your concern to the next supervisory level, up to and including the highest level of management.
Pacific Coast Hospice encourages open and honest discussion of issues with management. We are committed to providing an environment that allows reporting in good faith without fear of retaliation. It is very important, as well as required, that you immediately report perceived violation of compliance law, policy or our Code of Ethics to the Compliance Department. Failure to report to the Compliance Department may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Our Compliance Department will evaluate all reports promptly, completely and fairly.
You can report compliance concerns to the Compliance Department in one of the following ways:
- Contact the Executive Director directly by calling (480) 637-4100, or
- Email your concern to [email protected], or
- Call the Compliance Hotline (24 hours) at (480) 561-5699, including making anonymous reports.
If you report a compliance concern, be sure to include information that our Compliance Department will need to follow up, such as the location where your concern occurred or is occurring (for example, the facility name and department), the date or dates of any incident, the names and job roles of individuals involved in the concern, a description of your concern and your name if you are comfortable letting us know. If you are not comfortable leaving your name, you may make an anonymous report by calling the Hotline number above.
Anyone making such a report is assured that it will be treated as confidential and will be shared with others only on a need-to-know basis. The findings of a compliance investigation are confidential to protect all involved in the investigation process. As a result, details and specific findings of a compliance investigation will be shared only on a need-to-know basis. The Chief Compliance Officer ensures that all reports will be thoroughly and fairly investigated and that appropriate action will be taken.
No adverse actions will be taken against someone for making a report in good faith or for cooperating with a compliance investigation in good faith. Pacific Coast Hospice has a policy that protects against retaliation or retribution for reporting a compliance concern in good faith or cooperating with a compliance investigation with good intentions. The non-retaliation policy ensures that no one is penalized for reporting what is honestly believed to be a compliance problem or for honestly participating in a compliance investigation. However, if someone purposely falsifies or misrepresents a report or makes false statements during an investigation, that person will not be protected under the non-retaliation policy. False accusations or statements made in a report or during an investigation, including those made with the intent of harming or retaliating against another person, may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Although we have a policy that does not permit retaliation for reporting or cooperating in good faith, it is important to understand that no policy can protect you from applicable consequences if you have broken the law or violated our policies. Breaking the law or violating our policies may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, as well as possible state and federal actions and penalties.
Sometimes Medical Facilities are required by law to report certain compliance issues to state or federal agencies. When this is the case, the Compliance Department will conduct an evaluation of the issue in terms of state or federal reporting requirements and will notify the appropriate state or federal agencies on behalf of the Agency when applicable.
Pacific Coast Hospice is committed to correcting wrongdoing, whether intentional or inadvertent, wherever it may occur in the organization, and to cooperating fully with government investigations.