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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 12 – Commitments and Contingencies


Concentration of Credit Risk


Credit risk with respect to accounts receivable is generally diversified due to the large number of patients at its facilities. The Company does have significant receivable balances with government and other payers. Generally, the Company does not require collateral or other security to support accounts receivables. However, the Company continually monitors and evaluates its client acceptance and 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.


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 Corp.


Legal Matters


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 filed suit against CIGNA Health for failure to pay claims for laboratory services provided. Cigna Health, in turn, sued for alleged 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 Mr. Diamantis for his financial support to the Company and assumption of all costs to carry the case to conclusion.


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 balance accrued of approximately $0.4 million remained outstanding to the DOR at June 30, 2023.


On December 7, 2016, the holders of the Tegal Notes filed suit against the Company seeking payment for the amounts due under the notes and accrued interest. On April 23, 2018, the holders of the Tegal Notes received a judgment against the Company in the amount of $384,384 plus post-judgment interest. On June 1, 2023, the Company and the holders of the Tegal Notes agreed to settle all amounts owed pursuant to the judgment for a total of $462,500 comprised of an initial payment of $200,000 followed by six monthly payments of $43,750. The Company has made all required payments to date.


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 Company, Mr. Diamantis, as guarantor, and Mr. O’Killough entered into a Stipulation providing for a payment of a total of $2.2 million (which included accrued “penalty” interest as of that date) in installments through November 1, 2020. The Company made payments totaling $450,000 in 2020. On January 18, 2022, Mr. Diamantis paid $750,000 and the remaining balance was due 120 days thereafter. Mr. O’Killough agreed to forebear from any further enforcement action until then. On various dates during the remainder of 2022, Mr. Diamantis made additional payments to Mr. O’Killough totaling $300,000 and the Company gave Mr. Diamantis $350,000 for further payment to Mr. O’Killough. The Company is obligated to repay Mr. Diamantis for the payments, plus interest, that he made to Mr. O’Killough. As a result of these payments, the past due balance owed to Mr. O’Killough was $1.1 million on December 31, 2022. During the six months ended June 30, 2023, the parties entered into a final settlement wherein the Company and Mr. Diamantis settled the obligation in full for $580,000. The promissory note, forbearance agreement and final settlement are also discussed in Note 6.


In July 2019, CHSPSC, the former owners of Jamestown Regional Medical Center, obtained judgments against the Company totaling of $1.3 million. The Company has recorded these judgments as liabilities as of June 30, 2023. However, management believes that a number of insurance payments were made to CHSPSC for services provided after the change of ownership and believes that these payments will offset portions of the judgments.


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 made the required payments due to date and has recorded the remaining amounts owed as a liability as of June 30, 2023.


A sealed qui tam lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the Company was filed in July 2021. This lawsuit was unsealed in November 2022 and Clifford Barron disclosed as the Plaintiff-Relator asserted violations of the False Claims Act. Clifford Barron was an employee of CollabRx, Inc. (a San Francisco based, wholly owned subsidiary of the Company) until early 2018. Following his resignation on January 17, 2018, Clifford Barron sought and received a judgment against the Company for approximately $253,000 he claimed was owed to him by the CollabRx subsidiary for severance and payment of COBRA. On receiving the judgment, he collected all monies owed to him under this judgment, including from the Company’s rural healthcare operations in Tennessee with which he was not involved. Payments included approximately $164,000 secured from hospital operating and other bank accounts by garnishments initiated by Jonathan Swann Taylor of Taylor & Knight, GP, Knoxville Tennessee, on behalf of Clifford Barron in May 2022. Clifford Barron has not been an employee of any subsidiary of the Company since January 2018, is not involved with the Company and has no knowledge of the Company’s operations, financial status, or controls. On November 21, 2022, the Company was advised that the U.S. Department of Justice was intervening in the action filed by the Plaintiff-Relator, Clifford Barron and has requested repayment of HHS Provider Relief Funds that certain subsidiaries of the Company obtained and other relief. The Company has retained the services of a specialist third-party accounting firm to complete a forensic review of the expenditure of all monies expended since the receipt of HHS Provider Relief Funds. It has been discovered that certain filing requirements of the Company’s operating subsidiaries were incomplete or contained errors that did not accurately reflect the expenditure of HHS Provider Relief Funds received. The Company disputes the allegations made in the False Claims Act complaint and believes that the forensic review of funds expended will address the lawsuit and demonstrate adherence with the applicable rules for use of HHS Provider Relief Funds. Accordingly, no amount has been accrued for this potential liability at June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022. There is no assurance that the Company will be able to retain all HHS Provider Relief Funds it has received nor avoid payment of other relief sought by the Department of Justice. Any requirement to repay a significant amount of HHS Provider Relief Funds could have a material adverse effect on the Company.