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Calvo skeptical feds will be able to help GMH

Posted: Aug 07, 2018 4:47 PM Updated:

Too little, too late. That's the Governor's reaction to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo's call for a federal emergency task force to help the Guam Memorial Hospital meet deficiencies cited in a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid report. Calvo is skeptical that the feds will be able to help.

He says he's been working for years on CMS reimbursements, and it's not been an easy process. "Trying to get $3 million for this year, $4 million from the year before, and we got 'em. But it's a wonder when we bill something and it takes 4, 5, 6 years to get something. And by the way even when we get something it's not even close to the reimbursement rates to cover the total costs of what we've been billing. So, I've been harping on that for years, I've asked the Congresswoman, I'm glad she's seeing it now, but I've needed that help for years. ," he explained.

Bordallo announced during her State of the Congress address last week that she has asked the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Interior to provide GMH with technical assistance to improve services and administration.

GMH has already lost accreditation, and she says the loss of federal Medicare funding would be catastrophic. 

The governor says he knows of one way Washington can help, saying, "I believe that an act by the Health and Human Services secretary by allowing for the waivers in regards to the reconciliations done on the billings that were provided for certain years, if we can get that that'll help a lot. Like I said, I wish we could've gotten it years ago but if the congresswoman can get it done, so be it, I'm with her."

Bordallo says she's also working to increase the federal reimbursement percentages and remove the caps on Medicaid, but she says this needs to be matched at the local level.

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