These rates fees and charges are not proposed increases but are brand new rates fees and charges.
Guam – The Guam Memorial Hospital held a public hearing this afternoon(Weds.) for it’s proposed new rates fees and charges.
These rates fees and charges are not proposed increases but are brand new rates fees and charges. GMH CFO Benita
Manglona made it clear during the hearing that the hospital can’t increase fees above five percent without legislative approval. GMH already increased fees by five percent last year and by five percent again back in April of this year. As for these new fees, no one testified at this afternoon’s hearing which was held in the GMH board room.
However one stakeholder namely Staywell contracts and provider relations officer Edna Carbonell did point out that one of the proposed new fees is actually an old fee that GMH used to charge for at a much lower rate. “However when you said it is a new fee that will be implemented we found an 87 percent increase from the current rate,” said Carbonell “What line? “ asked a GMH official. “Basket six wire stone removal,” replied Carbonell.
GMH officials said that particular fee was probably an inactive code that they are re-activating. They reiterated that this is a new fee schedule with brand new fees for procedures they have just started doing.