BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eastern Maine Health Systems, is the largest network of healthcare facilities in the Eastern Maine region, says the supreme court ruling now ends a lot of uncertainty. EMHS has seven member hospitals including it's largest, Eastern Maine Medical Center. It also has a number of nursing home facilities, and home health organizations. EMHS says the ruling will mean a number of things: It will speed up the pace by which new models are developed to deliver health care, It will mean a greater focus on Primary care and chronic disease management, and it will mean continued financial pressure on providers, such as physicians and hospitals.
"As far as, is it going to change the way we do our work? No not a bit." Said Michelle Hood, President and CEO of EMHS, "We have recognized for some time that the way healthcare is delivered and reimbursed is not working. It's not working for individuals not working for communities and not working for economics in the national and local economy."
Hood added that she feels that the insurance mandate provision of the health care law will tip the scales to a single payer system.