Augusta – Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of Health and Human Services Jeanne Lambrew announced today that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified the State that Riverview Psychiatric Center has met all the conditions for recertification and will resume receiving federal Medicare reimbursement. The facility lost its federal accreditation in 2013 due to overcrowding, inadequate staffing and mismanagement under then-Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Governor LePage.
Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“For far too many years, the operations of Riverview have cast a dark cloud over the mental health systems of Maine. Today marks the incredible progress achieved by Superintendent Bouffard and the hardworking and devoted women and men who work at the facility. I’m certain that Governor Mills and Commissioner Lambrew will continue to work collaboratively with Riverview staff, administrators, legislators, patients, and advocates to set the highest standards of care.”
Health and Human Services Chair Rep. Patty Hymanson, MD released the following statement:
“Governor LePage and former-Commissioner Mayhew spent years refusing to take all the necessary actions to rectify mismanagement of the Riverview facility. This recertification is an incredible achievement and I am so pleased to hear we now have care that is effective and efficient for patients, and safe and secure for staff. Our HHS Committee is grateful for the dedication of Superintendent Bouffard and all the employees at Riverview for all of their work to bring the hospital into compliance.”