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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Guam Memorial Hospital to Keep Medicare Provider Status

August 29, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not terminate Guam Memorial Hospital Authority’s Medicare provider status at this time.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decided today that it will not proceed with a termination action against GMHA until a future compliance survey is completed. The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority was in danger of having its Medicare provider status terminated as early as October 3, 2018, after an April 2018 survey found that Guam Memorial Hospital Authority was out of compliance with several Conditions of Participation for the Medicare program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s decision not to pursue termination proceedings followed the submission of an allegation of compliance and evidence of correction by Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services determined to be credible.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services noted that continues to investigate a complaint regarding a fire at Guam Memorial Hospital Authority on July 27, 2018, which may affect future compliance enforcement actions.

“Guam Memorial Hospital is a critical provider of Medicare and Medicaid services on Guam. I am pleased that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has decided not to terminate GMH’s Medicare provider status, which would have had a devastating effect on healthcare for many in our community,” said Congresswoman Bordallo.

“I am encouraged by GMH’s submission and implementation of a Plan of Correction, and I hope that they will continue to live up to the standards required by the Medicare program. While this is good news to get GMH out of the immediate threat of Medicare decertification, I continue working to establish a federal taskforce to provide our public hospital with needed federal technical assistance improve the quality and delivery of service to our people.