The Affordable Care Act Unicorn Took a Dump on Lincoln County Healthcare, and It Doesn’t Smell Like Rainbows

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Lincoln County HealthcareA series of changes at St. Andrews Hospital and Healthcare Center, effective in April 2013, will result in the loss of the facility’s hospital license. The Lincoln County Healthcare Board of Trustees has proposed to transform the center’s 24/7 emergency department into a part-time urgent care center. A Medicare regulation requires the presence of a 24/7 ER to hold a hospital license. As a result, the facility will cease to provide inpatient care and its name will be shortened to St. Andrews Healthcare Center. Lincoln County Healthcare Inc. expects the changes to result in the loss of approximately 50 jobs, although it expects to offer jobs elsewhere in the MaineHealth system to more than half of those 50 employees. (read more at the Lincoln County News)

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