Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

Glens Falls Hospital

Glens Falls Hospital is being docked about $500,000 in Medicare reimbursements because of a complex rating system that compares it to its own previous performance as well as the results at other hospitals.

During a meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors on Friday, several supervisors voiced concerns about how the hospital has addressed recent revelations about its financial problems.

One supervisor, Michael Wild of Queensbury, called the hospital “disingenuous” for not revealing a significant billing issue during an invitation-only presentation by CEO Dianne Shugrue that addressed the hospital’s challenges with its finances. She blamed the hospital’s problems on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

After that meeting, Peter McDevitt, Glens Falls 2nd Ward representative on the Warren County Board of Supervisor, invited hospital leadership to meet next Monday at a county committee meeting that would be open to the public and the media.

A Glens Falls spokeswoman initially stated that the hospital would be willing to meet with the supervisors.

But on Tuesday, the hospital declined to meet with the supervisors.

Tracy Mills, vice president of planning for Glens Falls Hospital, contacted the Warren County supervisors’ clerk on behalf of Shugrue and declined the invitation because of the “large amount of misinformation circulating.”

Instead, they suggested that the supervisors come to the hospital to meet with them.

They did not say whether that meeting would be open to the public.

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Ken Tingley is editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at tingley@poststar.com.


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