SynCare files anticipated bankruptcy

February 22, 2012

As expected, SynCare LLC has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

The once fast-growing, Indianapolis-based disease-management company listed in court papers on Tuesday liabilities of nearly $5.7 million and assets of just $125,864.

The company’s decline pushed CEO Stephanie DeKemper into personal bankruptcy in late December, with the company itself expected to follow.

SynCare’s largest secured creditors include Fifth Third Bank, which provided two loans totaling $850,000 to the company. The bank filed liens against SynCare in March and May of 2011 in an attempt to recoup a portion of the loans from customer receivables and the value of business equipment, according to court documents.

Unsecured creditors include Bank of America, with a claim totaling $676,964, and Centene Corp. in St. Louis, which provided SynCare a loan totaling nearly $1.5 million.

SynCare effectively ceased operation in September after the Missouri Medicaid program revoked a major contract it had signed with SynCare and after Centene—which was both a client  and a lender to SynCare—stopped funding the company’s operations.

SynCare used nurses and social workers to call and visit Medicaid patients to evaluate their needs and teach them how to handle their health issues, in order to avoid expensive hospitalizations.

DeKemper started at SynCare in 2008 as a consultant and purchased the company in early 2010.

She quintupled the staff over the next year as SynCare took on a $5.5 million contract in Missouri to determine whether Medicaid patients were eligible for home-based care.


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