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Problems could cost hospital its Medicaid, Medicare funding

May 3, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government may stop paying for Medicare and Medicaid patients to be admitted at Central Maine Medical Center over problems, including a nursing error that left a patient paralyzed.

The Sun Journal reports federal investigators in January, March and April found problems including hospital leaders failing to prevent a life-changing error from happening.

The report said a nurse raised the head of a bed holding an injured patient who has since lost all movement.

The hospital has until June 30 to correct issues. It could lose tens of millions of dollars annually.

The hospital’s leaders declined to answer the newspaper’s questions. Instead, the hospital’s representatives stated they expect federal surveyors will return next month and confirm the hospital’s compliance.

Regulators last year ordered the hospital to fix other problems.

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