Commitments and Contingencies
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
|Commitments and Contingencies
Note 13 – Commitments and Contingencies
Concentration of Credit Risk
Credit risk with respect to accounts receivable is generally diversified due to the large number of patients comprising the accounts receivable. The Company has receivable balances with government payers and various insurance carriers. The Company does not require collateral or other security to support customer receivables. However, the Company continually monitors and evaluates its collection procedures to minimize potential credit risks associated with its accounts receivable and establishes an allowance for uncollectible accounts and as a consequence, believes that its accounts receivable credit risk exposure beyond such allowance is not material to the financial statements.
A number of proposals for legislation continue to be under discussion which could substantially reduce Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals. Depending upon the nature of regulatory action, and the content of legislation, the Company could experience a significant decrease in revenues from Medicare and Medicaid, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Company is unable to predict, however, the extent to which such actions will be taken.
The Company maintains its cash balances in high credit quality financial institutions. The Company’s cash balances may, at times, exceed the deposit insurance limits provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
From time to time, the Company may be involved in a variety of claims, lawsuits, investigations and proceedings related to contractual disputes, employment matters, regulatory and compliance matters, intellectual property rights and other litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company operates in a highly regulated industry which may inherently lend itself to legal matters. Management is aware that litigation has associated costs and that results of adverse litigation verdicts could have a material effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations. The Company’s policy is to expense legal fees and expenses incurred in connection with the legal proceedings in the period in which the expense is incurred. Management, in consultation with legal counsel, has addressed known assertions and predicted unasserted claims below.
Biohealth Medical Laboratory, Inc. and PB Laboratories, LLC (the “Companies”) filed suit against CIGNA Health in 2015 alleging that CIGNA failed to pay claims for laboratory services the Companies provided to patients pursuant to CIGNA - issued and CIGNA - administered plans. In 2016, the U.S. District Court dismissed part of the Companies’ claims for lack of standing. The Companies appealed that decision to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which in late 2017 reversed the District Court’s decision and found that the Companies have standing to raise claims arising out of traditional insurance plans as well as self-funded plans. In July 2019, the Companies and EPIC Reference Labs, Inc. filed suit against CIGNA Health for failure to pay claims for laboratory services provided. Cigna Health, in turn, sued for improper billing practices. The suit remains ongoing but because the Company did not have the financial resources to see the legal action to conclusion it assigned the benefit, if any, from the suit to Christopher Diamantis for his continued financial support to the Company and assumption of all costs to carry the cost to conclusion.
In November of 2016, the IRS commenced an audit of the Company’s 2015 Federal tax return. Based upon the audit results, the Company made provisions of approximately $1.0 million as a liability and approximately $0.9 million as a receivable in its financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018. During the first quarter of 2020, the U.S. Congress approved the CARES Act, which allows a five-year carryback privilege for federal net operating tax losses that arose in a tax year beginning in 2018 and through 2020. As a result, during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, the Company recorded approximately $1.1 million in refunds from the carryback of certain of its federal net operating losses. During the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company received income tax refunds of $0.3 million, which represented income tax refunds associated with the CARES Act. No refunds were received during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The Company used the $0.3 million of refunds that it received in the nine months ended September 30, 2021 to repay a portion of the amount that it owes for federal income tax liabilities that arose from the 2015 federal income tax audit. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had federal income tax receivables of $1.1 million and federal income tax liabilities of $0.8 million.
On September 27, 2016, a tax warrant was issued against the Company by the Florida Department of Revenue (the “DOR”) for unpaid 2014 state income taxes in the approximate amount of $0.9 million, including penalties and interest. The Company entered into a Stipulation Agreement with the DOR allowing the Company to make monthly installments until July 2019. The Company has made payments to reduce the amount owed. The Company intends to renegotiate another stipulation agreement. However, there can be no assurance the Company will be successful. The balance accrued of approximately $0.4 million remained outstanding to the DOR at September 30, 2021.
In December of 2016, DeLage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (“DeLage”), filed suit against the Company for failure to make the required payments under an equipment leasing contract that the Company had with DeLage (see Note 9). On January 24, 2017, DeLage received a default judgment against the Company in the approximate amount of $1.0 million, representing the balance owed on the lease, as well as additional interest, penalties and fees. The Company recognized this amount in its consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2016. On February 8, 2017, a Stay of Execution was filed and under its terms the balance due was to be paid in variable monthly installments through January of 2019, with an implicit interest rate of 4.97%. The Company and DeLage disposed of certain equipment and reduced the balance owed to DeLage. A balance of $0.2 million remained outstanding at September 30, 2021.
On December 7, 2016, the holders of the Tegal Notes (see Note 6) filed suit against the Company seeking payment for the amounts due under the notes in the aggregate of the principal of $341,612, and accrued interest of $43,000. A request for entry of default judgment was filed on January 24, 2017. On April 23, 2018, the holders of the Tegal Notes received a judgment against the Company. As of September 30, 2021, the Company has repaid $50,055 of the principal amount of these notes.
The Company, as well as many of its subsidiaries, were defendants in a case filed in Broward County Circuit Court by TCA Global Credit Master Fund, L.P. The plaintiff alleged a breach by Medytox Solutions, Inc. of its obligations under a debenture and claimed damages of approximately $2,030,000 plus interest, costs and fees. The Company and the other subsidiaries were sued as alleged guarantors of the debenture. The complaint was filed on August 1, 2018. In May 2020, the SEC appointed a Receiver to close down the TCA Global Master Fund, L.P. The Company and TCA entered into a settlement agreement dated effective as of September 30, 2021, under which the Company agreed to pay TCA $500,000 as full and final settlement of principal and interest, of which $200,000 was paid on November 4, 2021 and the remaining $300,000 is due in six consecutive monthly installments of $50,000 payable on or before the fifth day of each month beginning December 2021. As a result of the settlement, the Company recorded a gain from legal settlement of $2.2 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.
On September 13, 2018, Laboratory Corporation of America sued EPIC Reference Labs, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, in Palm Beach County Circuit Court for amounts claimed to be owed. The court awarded a judgment against EPIC Reference Labs, Inc. in May 2019 for approximately $155,000. The Company has recorded the amount owed as a liability as of September 30, 2021.
In February 2020, Anthony O. Killough sued the Company and Mr. Diamantis, as guarantor, in New York State Supreme Court for the County of New York, for approximately $2.0 million relating to the promissory note issued by the Company in September 2019. In May 2020, the parties entered into a Stipulation providing for a payment of a total of $2,158,168 (which includes accrued interest) in installments through November 1, 2020 (See Note 6). As of September 30, 2021, the Company has not made the majority of the required payments and, as a result, approximately $1.5 million of principal and $0.7 million of penalty interest, which accrues at a rate of 20% per annum, are due and owing.
In February 2021, a supplier to the Company’s hospitals, Shared Medical Services, Inc., filed suit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court for approximately $50,000 payable in installments through February 2022. by virtue of default and for breach of contract and charges totaling approximately another $ . On September 30, 2021, the parties agreed to settle this case for $
Following the Company’s decision to suspend operations at Jamestown Regional Medical Center in June 2019 a number of vendors remain unpaid. A number have initiated or threatened legal actions. The Company believes it will come to satisfactory arrangements with these parties as it works toward reopening the hospital. The Company has accrued the amounts that it expects to owe in its financial statements. The Company plans to reopen the hospital upon securing adequate capital to do so. The reopening plans have also been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the timing of the reopening has been delayed. It is now intended that the re-opening process will be initiated in 2022.
Two former employees of Jamestown Regional Medical Center filed suit alleging violations of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”). The Court entered a default against the Company on August 14, 2019. The parties disagreed to the amount of damages, specifically to whether part-time employees are entitled to WARN act damages. The parties have agreed to a settlement agreement dated May 14, 2021. Pursuant to the terms of this agreement, the Company was required to pay a sum of $425,000 , which was paid in full in October 2021.
In June 2019, CHSPSC, the former owners of Jamestown Regional Medical Center, obtained a judgment against the Company in the amount of $592,650. The Company has recorded $130,000 of this judgment as a liability as of September 30, 2021, as management believes that a number of insurance payments were made to CHSPSC after the change of ownership and will likely offset the majority of the claim made by CHSPSC.
In August 2019, Morrison Management Specialists, Inc. obtained a judgment against Jamestown Regional Medical Center and the Company in Fentress County, Tennessee in the amount of $194,455 in connection with housekeeping and dietary services. The Company has recorded this liability as of September 30, 2021.
In November 2019, Newstat, PLLC obtained a judgment against Big South Fork Medical Center in Knox County, Tennessee in the amount of $190,600 in connection with the provision of medical services. The Company has recorded this liability as of September 30, 2021.
On June 30, 2021, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Per the terms of the settlement agreement, the Company is obligated to pay a total of $109,739, payable in a lump sum payment of $32,922 on or before August 15, 2021 and in 24 consecutive monthly payments of $3,201 each on or before the 15th day of each month beginning September 15, 2021. The Company has made the required payments due during the three months ended September 30, 2021 and has accrued the remaining obligation owed as of September 30, 2021.
In July 2021, WG Fund, Queen Funding and Diesel Funding filed legal actions in New York State Supreme Court for Kings County to recover amounts claimed to be outstanding on accounts receivable sales agreements entered into in 2020. On September 14, 2021, the Company entered into separate stipulation of settlement agreements with the three funding parties under which the Company agreed to repay an aggregate of $0.9 million in equal monthly payments totaling $52,941 through January 1, 2023.