Blair seeks Valley View receipts

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Blair County is interested in pursuing delinquent accounts from government programs, insurance entities, UPMC and individuals who may owe money to Valley View Home for services rendered before the county sold the home.

Commissioners Chairman Terry Tomassetti said Tuesday that an estimated $1.5 million remains on a list of accounts due as of Aug. 30, the bulk of which were more than four months overdue at that time. The county owned the home through May 31, then turned the facility over to Reliant Healthcare of Philadelphia as of June 1.

Capozzi & Associates, the Harrisburg-area law firm that advised the county during the sale of Valley View Home, is willing to pursue the past due account holders to recover as much of the $1.5 million as possible, Tomassetti said Tuesday. The law firm specializes in health care, regulatory compliance and reimbursement issues in connection with the management of nursing homes. It currently represents the county in a pursuit of payments owed Valley View that were incurred in 1996 and 1997 and remain under appeal, with hearings scheduled in July.

Commissioner Diane Meling asked Tomassetti if the sales price accounted for the amounts due to the county.

Tomassetti said that when the sale occurred, the county had about $3.5 million to $4 million in outstanding bills, but it has since received all but $1.5 million.

Some of the $1.5 million, especially the $313,500 portion listed as owed by private individuals, may not be recoverable for lack of financial resources, Tomassetti said.

So Capozzi & Associates will probably concentrate on Medicare, Medicaid and other payers who owe a portion of the $1.5 million, Commissioner Diane Meling said.

Meling and Commissioner Ted Beam Jr. agreed that the pursuit and suggested Tomassetti continue with his attempt to establish a percentage with the law firm for the services.

Tomassetti said Capozzi & Associates suggested an agreement an agreement that would allocate 60 percent of the recovered revenue to the county and 40 percent to the law firm. The 40 percent would allow the law firm to handle all court costs associated with its pursuit. Tomassetti said he suggested the county get 70 percent and pay for the court costs which he expects “aren’t that expensive.”