The Telegraph reported that Ronnie Rollins, CEO of Macon-based Community Health Services of Georgia, was “speechless and stunned” when CMS demanded he return more than $100 million in improper payments made to his nursing homes. The company nursing homes had received the “extra” Medicaid funding in question for more than a decade. This past December, a federal ruling declared the funding to be inappropriate.
A Dec. 8 letter and report from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the “unallowable” payments to more than 30 nursing homes were made in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report targeted 35 Georgia nursing homes that were owned by local development authorities and were the source of “intergovernmental transfers” to get “upper payment limit dollars”. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report to state officials said “these nursing facilities are actually privately owned” — not owned by a public agency as required.