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              COMMUNITY UPDATE

        Derella added, “Upon joining the   for the Camden Violence Reduction   During this interim period, Stan Field   allowed the uncertified individual to
     County following his retirement from   Strategy. He holds a B.A. in Pure   will be the steady hand we need for the   perform services that were reimbursed
     the State Police in September 2019, Stan   Mathematics from Rutgers University   transition to a new leadership team for   by Medicaid.
     made an immediate positive impact to   and a Masters in Administration from   the Cumberland County Department of   Finally, OSC identified claims where
     our County’s security practices, proce-  Seton Hall University.           Corrections.”                       Heart to Heart billed and received
     dures and technology.”                 “Captain Field has the full support   In a September 16 statement, PBA   Medicaid payments for at-home services
        During his career with the NJSP,   of the Board of Commissioners to take   Local 231 President Victor Bermudez   during periods that beneficiaries were
     Field was responsible for the administra-  immediate action to ensure stability,   released the following statement regard-  inpatient in a hospital, which violates a
     tion and management of over 100 sworn   security and safety at the County Jail,”   ing U.S. Judge Noel Hillman’s fines and   Medicaid regulation that bars payment
     investigators and civilian personnel.    Derella stated.                  penalties levied against the Cumberland   for at-home services when a beneficiary
     He conducted and led a wide array of   In describing the search process for   County Jail for their failure to comply   is in an inpatient setting.
     criminal investigations and participated   a new warden, Derella said, “We will be   with his order to produce and implement   “In-home health care services are
     in a number of federal, state and county   conducting a national search for a war-  a COVID-19 plan.          a necessity for many New Jerseyans
     task forces. In 2019, immediately before   den with substantial corrections manage-  “The county jail and Warden Charlie   enrolled in the Medicaid program,”
     his retirement, Field served as the Law   ment experience which we project will   Warren specifically continue to put our   said Josh Lichtblau, Director of OSC’s
     Enforcement Partnership Coordinator   take approximately six to eight weeks.  members’ lives at-risk by not producing   Medicaid Fraud Division. “Our audit
                                                                               a COVID-19 policy and failing to imple-  found that Heart to Heart failed to com-
       INSPIRA HEALTH:                      Inspira offers the Pfizer vaccine. Dose   ment best practices such as testing, track-  ply with Medicaid regulations, including
                                                                                                                   quality of care requirements designed
                                                                               ing and tracing. Our officers are being
       Vaccine Clinic Hours               three (3) of the Pfizer vaccine is available   victimized by the county’s incompetence.   to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries
                                          at Inspira for immunocompromised and
       Expanded                           other eligible individuals ages 12 and up.    Suggesting somehow that our officers   receive appropriate home-based care.”
                                                                               have anything to do with the county’s

          We have a new variant called the Mu   Please visit the CDC website for the lat-  lackluster efforts to comply with the
       variant, and it has shown up in every   est guidance and eligibility information.  judge’s order is laughable. At this very   Cronheim Mortgage
       state but Nebraska. Delta certainly out-  We obviously will continue to adjust   moment, one of our officers is hospital-  Acquires Maintree
       numbers it significantly. In New Jersey,   the hours. Check back for updaates   ized and on oxygen due to COVID-19.
       we know our numbers are 90 percent   at      This could have been avoided. There   Shopping Center, Vineland
       of the new cases are indeed the Delta   cty3y8h0/#/                     needs to be consequences for their     Cronheim Mortgage has arranged a
       variant, and we are seeing a very, very   I’m sure you heard the same news I   actions.”                    $9.6 million acquisition loan for Maintree
       fast spread, and unfortunately, a definite   heard over the weekend that the FDA                            Shopping Center, a 140,000-square-foot
       increase in our number of patients com-  is recommending for everyone 65 and                                grocery-anchored retail property located
       ing in with COVID.                 older, and there may be some other cat-  Vineland Home Care              at the intersection of Main Road and
          The folks who were absolutely   egories as well, both healthcare workers   Provider Improperly           Chestnut Avenue in Vineland. Andrew
       sure they would be immune and they   and potentially teachers, and that recom-                              Stewart and David Poncia of Cronheim
       wouldn’t have to worry about it now   mendation goes to the CDC. The CDC   Billed, Was Overpaid             Mortgage arranged the fixed-rate loan,
       find themselves in our hospital beds, and   will ultimately make the recommenda-  $2.38 Million by Medicaid  which carried a five-year term and a
       that is just distress. We continue to work   tion on how that gets rolled out to states.   The Office of the State Comptroller   25-year amortization schedule, on behalf
       forward to make sure that we’re doing   In addition, children ages five to 11,   (OSC) recently issued an audit report   of the borrower, Aspen Real Estate.
       everything we can to answer people’s   Pfizer submitted the data this week early   finding that Heart to Heart, a home care   The property was 80 percent leased at
       questions and provide the vaccine.  in the morning with the FDA for their   provider with locations in Vineland,   the time of the loan closing. The direct
          Inspira Health welcomes walk-ins   review. That review process, based upon   Paterson, Hackensack, East Orange,   lender was an undisclosed, Philadelphia-
       and scheduled appointments at the vac-  20 years of science and all of the work   and Lakewood, improperly billed and   based credit union. Acme Markets is
       cination distribution sites on our medi-  that has been previously done, will be   received Medicaid overpayments total-  the Mainteee anchor. Other retail stores
       cal center campuses in Vineland and   expedited just like the others were, and   ing $2,386,287 that it must repay to the   include Dollar Tree and GNC. Eateries
       Mullica Hill. When you arrive, follow   the vaccine will be given emergency   program.                      include Boston Market and Pizza Hut.
       the signs to our vaccination areas in the   use at some point this fall. A week ago,   OSC’s audit found that Heart to Heart   There are also medical and dental offices
       parking lot.                       we were hearing that was going to be   failed to perform an in-home evalua-  at Maintree.
          Hours for Scheduled Appointments:                                          December; this morning. I heard it could   tion in about 12 percent of claims OSC
          • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.                              be as early as November. Whichever it is,   sampled, despite a Medicaid quality of   Vaccination or Testing
          • Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.       we’ll obviously be ready to comply and   care requirement that requires home
                                          work with our school districts and our   care providers to have a registered nurse   Requirement for All Child
          Hours for Walk-Ins:             parents to make sure we get that vaccine   supervising home health aide visits at   Care Center Personnel
          • Monday–Thursday:  8 a.m.–5:45   out as quickly as possible.        least once every 60 days.              Last week, Gov.Phil Murphy signed
       p.m.                                 —Excerpted from 9/20 message         The audit also found that Heart to   Executive Order No. 264, requiring
           • Saturday: 9 a.m.–12:45 p.m.  by Amy Mansue, president and CEO,    Heart failed to verify the professional   all child care center personnel to be
                                          Inspira Health
                                                                               certification of a home health aide, and   fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by
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