QUEENSBURY — Warren County supervisors are writing off $550,000 in unpaid bills at the former county nursing home because they weren’t billed correctly years ago, but officials are still hoping to find someone who can collect the money.
The bills for care to residents at Westmount Health Facility were supposed to have been resubmitted to the state for possible Medicaid reimbursement, but for reasons that were not clear, never were.
They were denied once for insufficient documentation, but were supposed to have been sent in again for reconsideration, county officials said.
Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, the county’s acting administrator, said he was “flabbergasted” to learn about the situation and called it “disheartening.”
But while the county may formally write off the money to get it off the books, the county attorney’s office is trying to find a legal or accounting firm that could put together the documentation to try to collect the money, County Attorney Brian Reichenbach said at a county Finance Committee meeting.
“We are going back to try to clean it up and collect what we can,” Geraghty said.
Reichenbach said the billing issue dated back to claims that should have been submitted for Medicaid reimbursement for residents’ stays in 2013. The county sold the home to Centers Health Care in 2015, and efforts to find someone to try to help since then have been for naught.
“I don’t think we are going to get any of the money, but I don’t think we should stop trying,” county Treasurer Michael Swan said.
County leaders said it was unclear what happened, and why the bills weren’t resubmitted as they should have been. There was extensive turnover at Westmount in the years before it was sold, including in its finance office.
Officials said money is also due from Westmount residents who were “private pay” and the county has found a law firm to try to collect.
“It’s been very disappointing, but we are going to try to collect what we can,” Geraghty said.