Physician's criticism of GMH dominates oversight hearing - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Physician's criticism of GMH dominates oversight hearing

Posted: Updated:

Allegations of corruption and mismanagement at the hospital again dominates discussion at the legislature.  What was supposed to be a routine oversight hearing on gmh operations and renovations at the labor and delivery room instead focused on the accusations of Dr. Kozue Shimabukuro, who says the gmh administration’s incompetence threatens accreditation, and millions of dollars in federal health funding from medicare and medicaid. 

She also described how management is retaliating against her for blowing the whistle on them. But countering Shimabukuro’s allegations was Dr. Thomas Shieh, who described a much different situation at gmh. For one, he says it’s not true that doctors are routinely late in submitting their medical records costing gmh more than $22 million in lost billings. He says GMH staffers continuously follow up with doctors in order to meet the billing deadlines.

Hospital Administrator Peter John Camacho also testified that they have responded to a series of concerns raised by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. The hospital’s corrective action plan has not yet been publicly released.

Meanwhile, Health chairman Rodriguez has appointed a bipartisan panel of six senators to investigate  Shimabukuro’s allegations. The panel members are Rodriguez, and fellow democrats Michael San Nicolas and Joe S. San Agustin. Republican members are senators Mary Torres, Fernando Estevez and Wil Castro.
 

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Customs officer was wrong to draw firearm, investigation concludes

    Customs officer was wrong to draw firearm, investigation concludes

    An internal affairs investigation found that a Guam Customs officer was at fault for drawing his firearm. Customs officials confirm the incident that prompted the investigation happened on August 1st of this year. The officer apparently was on his way toMore >>
    An internal affairs investigation found that a Guam Customs officer was at fault for drawing his firearm. Customs officials confirm the incident that prompted the investigation happened on August 1st of this year. The officer apparently was on his way to More >>
  • NWS Monitors Circulation Near Koror and Another Disturbance South of Kosrae

    NWS Monitors Circulation Near Koror and Another Disturbance South of Kosrae

    The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor two different circulations in the area. The first tropical disturbance (98C) is passing westward by Koror. It is currently causing numerous heavy showers and thunderstorMore >>
    The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continues to monitor two different circulations in the area. The first tropical disturbance (98C) is passing westward by Koror. It is currently causing numerous heavy showers and thunderstorMore >>
  • GMH CEO hopeful new governor will favor agency's needs

    GMH CEO hopeful new governor will favor agency's needs

    What's the latest with the Guam Memorial Hospital? CEO Peter John Camacho says the process for recovering their lost Joint Commission Accreditation is still "in progress". Funding still a major roadblock to fixing deficiencies listed in the report. IncludMore >>
    What's the latest with the Guam Memorial Hospital? CEO Peter John Camacho says the process for recovering their lost Joint Commission Accreditation is still "in progress". Funding still a major roadblock to fixing deficiencies listed in the report. IncludMore >>
Powered by Frankly