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Genesis billing woes hoped to be solved

Operate Group Homes, Adult Day Progeam Here

July 14, 2017
By Joyce Wiese, News-Herald Correspondent and John Speer, Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Private companies handling Iowa's Medicaid funding are $1.5 million in arrears with Genesis Development, Terry Johnson, the organizations chief executive officer told the Tama County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The amount is for services provided by Genesis state-wide, Johnson told The News-Herald on Tuesday.

A portion of the unpaid bill goes to fund three group homes Genesis operates located in Tama and Toledo and a program for differently-abled adults here.

These residences are homes for 12 persons, some of whom lived at Pheasant Ridge, the Tama County Care Facility north of Toledo which was closed in September, 2015.

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Terry Johnson
Heads Genesis Development

Johnson said Monday it is believed the pay issue has been settled.

He told The News-Herald the three privately-run companies which now are in charge of Iowa Medicaid funds have been paying Genesis only the "floor amount" due. He said this amount would not pay operational costs and a contract had been negotiated at a higher rate. However, the companies have continued to pay at the lower figure "the wrong rate" Johnson said, resulting in the amount due.

Endorse Wieting Project

A request to endorse the Wieting Theatre and Opera House in Toledo Phase II project received the supervisors approval. Nicole Shalla, program manager for Enhance Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Program, made the request.

The supervisors answered with a letter which included, "We strongly encourage the Enhance Iowa CAT board to favorable consider this application. The Tama County Board of Supervisors strongly believe that partnering with your program has made a difference in our ability to attract more visitors and introduce them to our County. We are proud to support the projects that develop a strong plan and this Phase ll project is a very worthy candidate.. Please join us as a partner in this important project and help maintain the Wieting Theatre and Opera House for the next generations of Iowans."

In other business the supervisors:

heard a report from Tami Wise, county human resources manager and insurance administrator on the recent Stroke Screening for county employees. She had received notice one of the people taking the tests was diagnosed with a serious condition. Wise feels this finding made it a worthwhile day.

approved a resolution to allow a temporary closure of Highway V18 south of the railroad in Chelsea to facilitate the Chelsea Fire Department in hosting a benefit including a car show and a street dance. Closure will be on July 29, 2017 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The City of Chelsea will provide a detour for traffic.

tabled the decision on transferring $5,500 from the county recorder's left-over funds to her general fund for equipment. If this is approved it will go for equipment for scanning records from the books that are many years old, and becoming fragile.

tabled a tax sale re-assignment for certificate since the person involved did not show up.

approved accepting homestead and military credits from the county assessor.

approved a liquor license for the Dysart Recreation Center.

approved for payment claims totaling $124,160.



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