DCH Deadline Extended 

Downeast Community Hospital has another three months to get up to speed with federal standards for medicare and medicaid.Hospital CEO Doug Jones says he received a letter Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.The original deadline for the hospital was in June, but that was extended to the end of September.Now the deadline is December 30th.This summer, a judge appointed Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to take over the hospital and bring it back into compliance.Jones says he’s confident all the standards will be met by the new deadline.