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May 5, 2013

Legal, financial issues besiege nursing home

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Meharry said he has a good relationship with the facility’s vendors, saying they have his number and he is up front with them.

Asked about claims that phone service had been cut off due to nonpayment, Meharry said he did make a payment and phone service was “squared away.”

Todd Lindley, who described himself as a principal for Crescent Senior Care, said they are on a cash basis with the grocery vendor.

In addition to the recent issues with the facility’s Medicaid money, Meharry said he inherited many problems from previous management.

The property still has the same owner but leasing and operating arrangements have changed, and a new management team took over operations at the facility in March 2012, the facility told the Democrat last summer.

Department of Aging and Disability Services records indicate that, despite ownership hierarchy changes, the facility’s primary owner has not changed since 2008, when Crescent Senior Care LLC took over from Goldenlife Senior Care Inc.

A man who previously did the billing for Crescent Senior Care made mistakes, causing the facility to be required to pay fines to Medicare, refunds were owed residents and the facility owed money after the previous survey process, according to Meharry.

“It’s been a nightmare,” Meharry said.

Using his personal credit card, he’s paid a lot out of pocket to keep things moving along, Meharry said.

Despite the financial issues, the state’s recent annual survey didn’t find any issues with quality of care or find deficiencies causing residents immediate jeopardy, he said.

“I’m trying my best,” Meharry said. “That’s all I can give my employees right now.”

Employees aren’t the only ones claiming Crescent Senior Care owes them money.

On April 18, Aledo Medicine Store received a summary judgment in their favor, awarding the pharmacy approximately $156,000 plus interest and attorney fees.

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