November 20, 2017
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DHHS set to restore Machias hospital license

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine – Officials at Down East Community Hospital announced Friday that a follow-up review of the hospital has shown that the hospital is now in compliance with all state and federal regulations.

The follow-up review by a survey team from the state Department of Health and Human Services took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to hospital President and CEO Wayne Dodwell.

Dodwell said the surveyors reported during an exit interview that the hospital is back in full compliance with all conditions of participation in the federal Medicare program and with all state hospital licensure regulations. Official notification of compliance should come in a report from DHHS in about two weeks, he said.

Catherine Cobb in the department’s Licensing and Regulatory Services division, confirmed Friday that the follow-up review had taken place but said the official determination regarding compliance has not yet been made. Cobb said the survey team would present its findings for a supervisory review, possibly as early as Monday, before determining whether the hospital is in full compliance.

“We did not feel that it went badly,” she said of the latest review. “We’ll make that determination in concert with CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services].”


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