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Inspection finds Maine hospital failed to secure records

Nov. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EST

BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — An inspection report says a Maine hospital failed to safeguard medical records and left some in locations where cleaning staff could access them. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital was “not in substantial...

Hospital psychiatric wards now feel like prisons, some say

Nov. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New safety standards aimed at limiting suicide risks have led to overhauls inside hospitals around the country, with psychiatric facilities and wards removing bathroom doors, stripping artwork from walls and requiring patients to wear paper gowns instead of their own clothes. The...

Maine hospital to fill leadership position after 8 months

Nov. 19, 2019 1:46 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The new president of the largest hospital in eastern and northern Maine will be the former chief executive officer of an Oregon hospital system. The Bangor Daily News reports Rand O’Leary will step into his new role at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center on Dec. 9. The...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

The Latest: AG to discuss protester’s removal with chairman

Nov. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing on tax incentives in which a critic of the political powerbroker testifying was removed by police.(all times local): 5:30 p.m. The New Jersey attorney general’s office says it will speak with the state Senate chairman about his decision to order troopers...

Hospital: Mold outbreak linked to infections since 2001

Nov. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital said Monday it believes a mold outbreak that has sickened seven patients, one fatally, since summer 2018 is linked to mold-related infections dating back nearly two decades. Five children died from infections linked to Aspergillus mold in operating rooms at...

CEO of large Maine health system departing for new job

Nov. 17, 2019 9:25 AM EST

BREWER, Maine (AP) — The chief executive officer of the second-largest health care system in Maine is leaving to take a high-ranking position with the American Hospital Association. Michelle Hood announced on Thursday that she’s departing Northern Light Health, which includes some of the largest...

Louisiana agrees to repay $13M in Medicaid claims settlement

Nov. 16, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s health department has agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle allegations it submitted false Medicaid claims for nursing home and hospice care. U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin announced the settlement Wednesday. It involves claims submitted from...

Hospitals launch campaign to overcome affiliation rejection

Nov. 16, 2019 10:55 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two seacoast-area New Hampshire hospitals that want to affiliate with Massachusetts General Hospital are launching a public-relations campaign aimed at overcoming the objections of state regulators. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and Exeter Health Resources, which includes Exeter...

Kalispell hospital fined in aftermath of fraud and kickbacks

Nov. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana hospital has been fined $65,000 for falsely certifying that it completed requirements of a corporate integrity agreement that was reached as part of the settlement of a Medicare fraud and kickback scheme. The Flathead Beacon reports Kalispell Regional Healthcare’s...