York County writing off uncollectible debts ahead of Pleasant Acres sale

David Weissman
York Dispatch
From left, physical therapist Erin Schaller greets resident Pauline Ruby, 94, as she is escorted by staff assistant Crystal Naill into the new rehabilitation gym at Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York County has written off more than $425,000 it was owed through Pleasant Acres resident accounts that it had determined were no longer collectible.

County commissioners approved the write-off Wednesday, May 30, of 10 resident accounts that had "exhausted collectibility," according to county solicitor Glenn Smith.

One of the accounts owed more than $117,000.

Smith explained that accounts are deemed uncollectible when a resident is deceased or has moved and the county determines there are no legal means to collect those debts.

A resident account can accrue large amounts of debt, Smith said, when the family of a Pleasant Acres resident refuses to cooperate with the county and doesn't provide enough information for the county to collect Medicaid reimbursements.

Pleasant Acres' procedure is not to turn anyone away from the nursing home, and if a family is not cooperating, the county may seek a court order to take guardianship of that resident's estate to gain access to necessary financial information, Smith said, noting that the process isn't always successful.

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Smith said the total amount owed to the county in Pleasant Acres resident accounts is currently about $6.3 million, and about 40 percent of that is more than a year overdue.

Selling nursing home: Commissioners recently voted to sell the county-owned nursing home for $30.8 million to Premier Healthcare Management, with the sale expected to be finalized in mid-July.

Lisa Sofia, CEO of Premier Healthcare Management, speaks during a news conference Thursday, May 3, at Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as York County Commissioner Chris Reilly looks on. Premier is expected to take ownership of the nursing home in July. (Photo by David Weissman)

Smith said part of the county's negotiations with Premier is whether the company wants to purchase any of those accounts receivable from the county and, if so, which accounts.

Smith noted that Premier has pledged to continue Pleasant Acres' policy of not turning anyone away from the 375-bed facility in Springettsbury Township.

President Commissioner Susan Byrnes said Premier officials have been meeting weekly with leadership of the nursing home and planned to meet with staff in early June.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.