A federal and state investigation is ongoing in Marion County related to Community Care Inc. of DeWitt. Community Care Inc. has a contract with Marion County to manage the Marion County Care Facility in Knoxville. The company also manages facilities in eight other counties. Press inquiries have been directed to the US Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids. When contacted by KNIA and KRLS News a US Attorney’s Office spokesperson stated that they were not commenting on matters not related to national security during the Federal Government Shutdown.
William Bonnes, President and CEO of Community Care Inc., tells KNIA and KRLS News that computer and paper files have been subpoenaed and seized at all facilities, including Marion County. Bonnes says the subpoena relates to an unexpected and intensive audit, and among the agencies involved are the U.S Postal Service and the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals. Bonnes says that he has been told that the audit could take between nine months and five years. Bonnes says that all companies who administer Medicaid payments undergo yearly audits, and that he is unsure of the specifics of how and why this current type of audit takes place. He tells KNIA and KRLS News that the health and safety of residents at all facilities are first and foremost on their minds, and that day to day operations of the facilities continue as normal.
Mark Raymie, member of Marion County Board of Supervisors tells KNIA and KRLS News that the Board is monitoring the situation closely, and as always, the health and safety of the residents and staff of the facility are their first priority.
A spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals in Des Moines tells KNIA and KRLS News that their team involved in the audit investigates allegations of medicaid fraud. Bonnes asks that the public not rush to judgement on the issue, and reminds the public of all of the good the agency does in the communities in which it works. He adds that there are approximately 40 residents at the facility in Knoxville, and approximately 50 jobs.
Originally posted October 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.