April 25, 2018
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Machias hospital to lose Medicare, Medicaid

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine — After July 10, Down East Community Hospital will lose the ability to collect Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements after the hospital failed to correct numerous deficiencies cited in a recent investigation.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that oversees hospital compliance, informed DECH of the decision this week.

A CMS spokeswoman said the federal agency will not ask the Machias hospital to submit any plan of correction to remedy ongoing issues, news that creates an uncertain next step for DECH.

Roseanne Pawelec said her agency is in close contact with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to come up with a plan to keep the hospital open.

A statement released Friday from hospital spokeswoman Robin Popp also indicated that DECH is working hard to continue participation in the Medicare program.

Sen. Kevin Raye, R-Perry, said Friday that he’s been apprised of those conversations.

“My understanding is that, in order for the hospital to continue to operate, the current management [team] will be replaced,” Raye said.

DECH is managed by Quorum Health Services, a national organization based in Tennessee. A Quorum spokesperson could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

More information on this situation as it develops will be found at www.bangordailynews.com.

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