Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Liquidity and Financial Condition

Liquidity and Financial Condition
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Liquidity and Financial Condition

Note 2 – Liquidity and Financial Condition


Impact of the Pandemic


A novel strain of coronavirus (“COVID-19”) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our operations and we have taken steps intended to minimize the risk to our employees and patients. These steps have increased our costs and our revenues have been significantly adversely affected. Demand for hospital services has substantially decreased. As discussed in Note 7, we have received Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. We have also received Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Provider Relief Funds from the federal government as more fully discussed below. If the COVID-19 pandemic continues for a further extended period, we expect to incur significant losses and additional financial assistance may be required. Going forward, the Company is unable to determine the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect its business. The nature and effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our balance sheet and results of operations will depend on the severity and length of the pandemic in our service areas; government activities to mitigate the pandemic’s effect; regulatory changes in response to the pandemic, especially those affecting rural hospitals; and existing and potential government assistance that may be provided.


Hospitalizations in Tennessee for COVID-19 have been increasing.  In particular, infection levels in each of the three counties in which the Company owns hospitals are at the highest levels to date.  These developments may have a material adverse effect on the Company and the operations of our hospitals.  Our plans to reopen our Jamestown Regional Medical Center, whose operations were suspended in June 2019, have been disrupted by the pandemic and the timing of the opening has been delayed.


HHS Provider Relief Funds


The Company received Provider Relief Funds from the United States Department of HHS provided to eligible healthcare providers out of the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund provided for in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The funds are allocated to eligible healthcare providers for expenses and lost revenue attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are being released in tranches, and HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group to distribute the initial $30 billion in funds by direct deposit to providers. As of September 30, 2020, Company-owned facilities have received approximately $12.5 million in relief funds. The fund payments are grants, not loans, and HHS will not require repayment, but providers are restricted and the funds must be used only for grant approved purposes. Based on an analysis of the compliance and reporting requirements of the Provider Relief Funds and the impact of the pandemic on our operating results through the end of the third quarter, we recognized $0.6 million and $8.0 million of these payments as income in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively. The income has been recorded under the caption “Other income (expense)” and the unrecognized portion has been recorded in accrued liabilities in our unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations. The Company’s assessment of whether the terms and conditions for amounts received have been met considers all frequently asked questions and other interpretive guidance issued by HHS. On September 19, 2020, HHS issued a Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements (the “September 19, 2020 Notice”) which indicates that providers may recognize reimbursement for healthcare-related expenses, as defined therein, attributable to coronavirus that another source has not reimbursed and is not obligated to reimburse. Additionally, amounts received from the HHS that are not fully expended on eligible healthcare-related expenses may be recognized as reimbursement for lost revenues, represented as a negative change in year-over-year net patient care operating income. Providers may apply payments to lost revenues up to the amount of the 2019 net gain from healthcare-related sources or, for entities that reported a negative net operating gain in 2019, receipts from the HHS may be recognized up to a net zero gain/loss in 2020. During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company’s estimate of the amount for which it is reasonably assured of meeting the underlying terms and conditions was updated based on, among other things, the September 19, 2020 Notice, the Company’s results of operations during such period and the receipt of additional payments during such period. Taking into account these countervailing factors, the Company believes that the amount recognized as of June 30, 2020 of approximately $7.4 million remains an appropriate estimate as of September 30, 2020.


On October 22, 2020, HHS issued an updated Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements and a Reporting Requirements Policy Update (together, the “October 22, 2020 Notice”) which, among other changes, effectively reinstates the definition of lost revenues that was the basis for the $7.4 million of pandemic relief funds recognized during the three and six months ended June 30, 2020. As a non-recognizable subsequent event, the Company’s estimate as of September 30, 2020, as set forth above, has not been updated for the October 22, 2020 Notice; additional information is included in Note 18.


Provider Relief Funds received through HHS that have not yet been recognized as income or otherwise have not been refunded to HHS as of September 30, 2020, are reflected within accrued liabilities in the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet, and such unrecognized amounts may be recognized as income in future periods if the underlying conditions for recognition are met. As evidenced by the October 22, 2020 Notice, HHS’ interpretation of the underlying terms and conditions of such payments, including auditing and reporting requirements, continues to evolve. Additional guidance or new and amended interpretations of existing guidance on the terms and conditions of such payments may result in changes in the Company’s estimate of amounts for which the terms and conditions are reasonably assured of being met, and any such changes may be material. Additionally, any such changes may result in the Company’s inability to recognize additional Provider Relief Fund payments or may result in the derecognition of amounts previously recognized, which (in any such case) may be material.


Going Concern


Under ASU 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements—Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40) (“ASC 205-40”), the Company has the responsibility to evaluate whether conditions and/or events raise substantial doubt about its ability to meet its future financial obligations as they become due within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued. As required by ASC 205-40, this evaluation shall initially not take into consideration the potential mitigating effects of plans that have not been fully implemented as of the date the financial statements are issued. Management has assessed the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern in accordance with the requirement of ASC 205-40.


As reflected in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, the Company had a working capital deficit and an accumulated deficit of $47.6 million and $663.5 million, respectively, at September 30, 2020. In addition, the Company had a loss from continuing operations of approximately $9.7 million and cash used in operating activities of $13.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. As of the date of this report, our cash is deficient and payments for our operations in the ordinary course are not being made. The continued losses and other related factors, including the payment defaults under the terms of outstanding debentures and notes payable as more discussed in Notes 7 and 8, raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for twelve months from the filing date of this report.


The Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared assuming the Company can continue as a going concern, which contemplates continuity of operations through realization of assets, and the settling of liabilities in the normal course of business. The Company plans to separate out its Advanced Molecular Services Group (“AMSG”) and Health Technology Solutions, Inc. (“HTS”), as independent publicly traded companies in either a spin off or transaction with a publicly quoted company. The separations are subject to numerous conditions, including effectiveness of Registration Statements that may need to be filed with the SEC and consents, including under various funding agreements previously entered into by the Company. The intent of the separation of AMSG and HTS is to create separate public companies, each of which can focus on its own strengths and operational plans. In accordance with ASC 205-20 and having met the criteria for “held for sale”, the Company has reflected amounts relating to AMSG and HTS as disposal groups classified as held for sale and included as part of discontinued operations. AMSG and HTS are no longer included in the segment reporting following the reclassification to discontinued operations. The discontinued operations of AMSG and HTS are described further in Note 16. On June 10, 2020, the Company signed an agreement with TPT Global Tech, Inc. (OTC: TPTW), a California-based public company, to merge HTS and AMSG into a public company (target) after TPT completes a merger of its wholly-owned subsidiary, InnovaQor, Inc. with this target. Completion of the agreement is subject to a number of approvals and consents which need to be secured to complete the transaction as more fully discussed in Note 16.


In addition, during the third quarter of 2020, the Company’s announced that it had reached an agreement to sell its last clinical laboratory, EPIC Reference Labs, Inc., and as a result, EPIC Reference Labs, Inc.’s operations have been classified as held for sale and included in discontinued operations for all periods presented.


The Company’s core business is now rural hospitals, which is a specialized marketplace with a requirement for capable and knowledgeable management. The Company’s current financial condition may make it difficult to attract and maintain adequate expertise in its management team to successfully operate the Company’s hospitals.


There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to achieve its business plan, which is to acquire and operate clusters of rural hospitals, raise any additional capital or secure the additional financing necessary to implement its current operating plan. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to raise adequate capital to fund its operations and repay its outstanding debentures and other past due obligations, fully align its operating costs, increase its revenues, and eventually regain profitable operations. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.