Medicare Inspection at Downeast Community Hospital 

Medicare officials spent the day at Downeast Community Hospital in Machias.April 15-th was the deadline set for the hospital to comply with federal requirements or risk losing Medicare reimbursement.A recent federal survey found the 25 bed hospital out of compliance.According to the Bangor Daily News, a Medicare investigation found failures in the hospital’s emergency room procedures.Hospital spokesperson Robin Popp was hopeful the inspectors would finish their survey by the end of the day.No word yet on their findings.In February, state officials downgraded the status of the hospital’s license to conditional.