Nursing home

Warren Center, formerly the county-owned Westmount Health Facility in Queensbury, is seen in April 2015. A resident of Warren Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing died Friday evening when he was thrown from a wheelchair while in a nursing home van being transported to Glens Falls Hospital, police said.

QUEENSBURY — Warren County supervisors decided Wednesday night not to write off $552,000 in unpaid bills at the former county nursing home.

The board tabled a resolution to declare the money as “uncollectable” after some supervisors said they would like to see more of an effort made to try to get the money from the state.

The money was owed to the county for reimbursement of Medicaid-eligible residents at the former Westmount Health Facility, which the county sold in 2015. Claims for the funds made to the state were rejected in 2013, but the county had the opportunity to resubmit them.

They were not resubmitted during a period of administrative transition at the home, and a contractor the county hired to try to assemble paperwork to make the claims a second time quit. The county attorney’s office has been trying to locate someone else to do it, but had no luck.

County Treasurer Michael Swan had sought a determination as to whether to take the money off the books because the county had struggled with finding a contractor who could try to collect it.

Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors Finance Committee opted to take the debt off the books, even though efforts were still being made to find someone to try to re-submit the Medicaid claims.

The board’s decision to hold off on the resolution means it will return to the Finance Committee for reconsideration and a new plan on how to try to get the money.

“I don’t believe this money is uncollectable,” Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson said.

Acting County Administrator Kevin Geraghty said Centers Health Care, the company that purchased Westmount, has indicated it will help the county with the collection effort.

The county is also owed an additional $250,000 by the families of residents of the home who did not pay their bills, and the Treasurer’s Office is overseeing efforts to collect that money. That has included being appointed administrator of the estates of three deceased former residents.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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