Machias Hospital to Continue Receiving Federal Reimbursements 

Catherine Pegram

Down East Community Hospital in Machias will continue to receive Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, at least for now. The federal government threatened to pull that money starting July 10th because the hospital failed to correct a number of deficiencies. The moved threatened the future of the facility since Medicaid and Medicare money is its biggest source of revenue. But now the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare services has decided to extend the deadline for the hospital to meet federal standards until September 30. That means the reimbursement money will continue to come until at least then, too.A judge appointed Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems last week to take over the hospital and bring it back into compliance. Doug Jones was also named the interim CEO during the receivership process.