AUGUSTA, Maine — Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems was appointed as emergency receiver of Downeast Community Hospital in Machias today, according to a press release from John A. Martins, director of public and employee communications for the state Department of Health and Human Services.
DHHS and Down East Community Hospital filed the petition jointly in Kennebec Superior Court on Tuesday. Doug Jones, the former chief executive officer of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, will be named the interim CEO at DECH.
Placing the hospital in receivership is an important step toward correcting deficiencies that have been identified at the hospital, in order for Medicare reimbursements to continue, the press release stated.
On Friday, CMS informed the hospital that as of July 10 DECH would no longer be able to receive Medicare reimbursements, because it no longer met the requirements for Medicare providers due to its failure to correct identified deficiencies. The receiver will now have the responsibility for implementing corrective actions and bringing the hospital into compliance.