- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal government official says the state of Maine will be required to repay millions of dollars in Medicaid funding it received to run the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

Richard McGreal, associate regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/X6f4iH ) that the agency will seek the return of Medicaid funds used to run the hospital since last September. That’s when the hospital lost certification for Medicaid funding for failing to meet patient safety standards.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much Medicaid funding the state would have to repay. Maine was entitled to $20 million a year for the hospital.

State officials say they’re confident the state will win an appeal of the hospital’s decertification and won’t have to repay the money.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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