CMS will not terminate GMH’s Medicare provider status

Guam Memorial Hospital
Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

Guam – It’s a victory for GMH and its constituents, albeit a precarious one.

At 6:15 this morning, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo announced that CMS has decided it will not be terminating the public hospital’s ability to provide Medicare services.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wrote to the Guam Memorial Hospital that it has accepted their reports of compliance and of correction that were filed in June and July. However, the Medicaid certifiers received a complaint regarding a fire at the hospital on July 27 and requested that GMH conduct an internal assessment and submit a report. GMH has turned in this report on August 6 to the stateside agency, where it is currently under review.

The letter states: “Accordingly, CMS has not yet determined whether this July 27, 2018 complaint reflects noncompliance with the applicable CoPs [Conditions of Participation] at 42 C.F.R. Part 482.”

On Newstalk K57 this morning, GMH CEO Peter John Camacho said he received CMS’s letter yesterday. He also confirmed that of the $5 million Speaker BJ Cruz appropriated to the hospital, they have received $1 million. Camacho said the money has gone to their Plan of Correction as outlined by CMS.

CMS says their final determination of GMH’s status will be based on a follow-up evaluation of the hospital’s compliance with the Center’s CoPs.