Health Department has received license application from EmPres to take over operations at former Sage View Care Center

Health Department has received license application from EmPres to take over operations at former Sage View Care Center

ROCK SPRINGS – In a conference call on Friday, Wyoming Department of Health Director Tom Forslund announced the state has received the license application from EmPres Healthcare Management to take over operations at former Sage View Care Center.

It was recently announced EmPres Healthcare would take over operations at the nursing home after Deseret Health Group announced they would be closing the facility due to financial troubles. On Friday, Forslund confirmed the state did receive the company’s application by E-mail.

Due to the situation at the nursing home, Forslund explained they allowed EmPres to submit the application by E-mail to get the process moving. A written copy will have to be submitted at a later date.

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Forslund added the state department will be reviewing the application over the weekend as they hope to hand over control to EmPress next week. The state is also working with EmPres on other legal details concerning the switch.

As for the Saratoga facility, Health Management has contacted the Health Department about taking over operations. Forslund said there has been some concerns raised about Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.

The state did talk to Corporate Medical Services and its contractor about the issue. Forslund said CMS has agreed that any applications from Saratoga or Rock Springs will be a priority. There are 11 clients remaining at the facility in Saratoga.

The director was asked if the state would be looking at filing criminal charges against Deseret. Forslund responded saying the state’s first priority is for the clients and the second is to work to get new companies in to run the facilities.

It was explained the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office is working with the other attorney generals in the five states Deseret had facilities in. Forslund stressed the scope of the investigation is large and will take time. He did mention the more serious infractions were not in Wyoming but in Utah.