Computer Crash Affects Home Health Care Companies

Updated: 09/20/2013 5:10 PM By: Jay Kolls

A state computer system at the Minnesota Department of Human Services has been up and down for three days. 

The system known as MNITS is critical for people who run home health care companies. They use it to file receipts for their expenditures through MNITS and it then allows them to be reimbursed with Medicaid dollars. The reimbursement is used to help those home health care companies make their payroll.

Gary Poblocki owns Quality Living Home Health Care in Winona. He tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he has watched the system go up and down "for three days, and if I cannot use it and file claims by the Thursday midnight deadline I will not be able to pay my employees."

Poblocki says he has 40 employees who provide health care services to 35 people in their homes. Poblocki says he has not had a problem with the system in the 10 years he has owned his home health care business.

State officials tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the system is back up and running, and home health care providers should be paid on time. But, the last time we spoke with Poblocki he told us he still could not sign into the system.