CMS official on Guam to look into hospital complaints

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A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official is on Guam to do a spot check on the hospital’s policies and contracts.

GMH administrator Lilian Posadas told the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57 that this is not a revisit or a re-survey by CMS but a response to complaints made anonymously against GMH through the CMS portal.

The GMH administrator said she is personally unaware of any complaints but anybody can file complaints anonymously through the CMS portal.

“CMS comes unannounced and we provide them with documents,” she said.

Posadas also said GMH needs funding for critical infrastructure issues in the hospital.

These issues include the replacement of an electrical panel that has been in need of repair since last year as well as an updated electronic health records system for the hospital.

Sen. Therese Terlaje also called in saying she tried to have funds allotted to GMH while a surplus is being projected by the government.

Yesterday, a number of senators led by Terlaje attempted an amendment to the budget that would “lock” any surplus funds for the infrastructure needs of GMH. However, the amendment did not pass.

Posadas remains hopeful that GMH can get additional funding during the current budget session.