Hospitals share common ground through same concerns and needs

Hospitals share common ground through same concerns and needs

BY MAUREEN N. MARATITA

Journal Staff

Guam’s two major hospitals have a lot in common. Both get substantial income from “3M” patients, the term used for Medicare, Medicaid and MIP or Medically Indigent Patients.

Due to the systems that govern 3M payments — which are typically slow, hospitals equally need privately-insured patients to function financially.

Both hospitals want increased payments from the federal government and the government of Guam and more timely reimbursements.

Both have had billing challenges and both acknowledge there is room for improvement.

Eric L. Plinske, vice president for corporate affairs for Guam Regional Medical City . . .

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