Novitas Solutions is a health-sector systems provider that was awarded a $12 million dollar, no-bid contact in August to build the payment systems for Healthcare.gov.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Dozens of employees at a hospital in northeast Houston have had to make it through the holidays without getting paid for weeks. The CEO of Saint Anthony’s Hospital on Little York is blaming a new Medicare payment contractor for his payroll problems. Nearly 150 employees, ranging from doctors to nurses and administrators, haven’t been paid in nearly a month, and the CEO says it’s not his fault. For the neighbors around St. Anthony’S Hospital, the care has been convenient.
“Since it was close and I was bleeding, I had to come over here,” former patient Delores Cano said. But that could soon change. According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven’t been paid in nearly a month. “I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills. Not getting paid is wow,” nearby resident Theresa Gutierrez said. The hospital is strapped for cash not because its not making money, but because Leday says a new Medicare payment facilitator named Novitas Solutions is taking too way long to pay out Medicare claims to the hospital.