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In this issue: DME Supplier List | TeamSTEPPS | Project ECHO | Requirements of Participation | Medicare University | RAC Certification | Community Calendar

January 27, 2017

George Greene
Farewell Message

Aloha HAH members,
As I conclude my time at HAH, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, and express my appreciation for the generosity you have shown me and my family.
You took the time to educate me on healthcare in Hawaii, on the Prepaid Healthcare Act and on the ways of the Hawaii state legislature.  Because of you, we’ll have $250 million more in federal reimbursement by the end of the sustainability programs’ fifth year, plus we’ve got terrific quality programs that save lives and money, a strong reputation at the Capitol and with the press, education that supports our needs, and highly respected emergency services.
But more importantly, you educated me on the importance of collaboration, of sharing, of working together. You showed me how to achieve more together than any of us ever could achieve alone. This is probably the most valuable thing you taught me, and it is Hawaii’s strength.
As I prepare to leave, I ask you to remember this defining trait of Hawaii. The road ahead is filled with uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act and there is no clear path forward for Hawaii or the nation with regard to healthcare.
But I do know one thing. You are stronger together than you are apart. As hard as it is to keep playing together in our island sandbox I urge you to do so, as both individual organizations and as an association. People’s lives depend on you continuing to work together.
I want to reassure you that we’ve got a transition plan in place with key staff overseeing top priority initiatives. During this time the Executive Committee will meet with senior HAH staff, and we will keep members updated.  
Having said this I leave you with the best wishes possible.  I will always remember your patience, kindness and aloha.
With heartfelt gratitude,

George Greene

DME Supplier List

The State of Hawaii Department of Health has posted the list of licensed durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers online here.

Last year the legislature approved a measure requiring durable medical equipment providers to be licensed with the state. That law became effective on January 1, 2017.

According to the new state law, suppliers cannot be operating in Hawaii unless they are licensed.

TeamSTEPPS© Master Training

HAH member hospitals and Affinity Team members in the Premier Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (or HIIN) learned communication, team building and leadership techniques during a TeamSTEPPS Master Training this week at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. 

Attendees were only those HAH member hospitals participating in the Premier HIIN, as well as HAH Affinity Team members. The twenty two participants became trainers who can now instruct others in the curriculum, which is focused on improving quality in healthcare.

Participants included staff from Hilo Medical Center, Wahiawa General Hospital, Kuakini Medical Center, The Queen's Medical Center, The Queen's Medical Center West Oahu, Kahuku Medical Center, Pali Momi Medical Center, the State of Hawaii Department of Health, and HAH.

Education Session via Project ECHO

Memory care navigators and dementia advocates are invited to participate in a continuing education session on best practices in helping people living alone with dementia. The session will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 10 a.m., via Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

The session is coordinated by the Hawaii Alzheimer's Disease Initiative.  Presenters include Cathy Ladd, MSW, VP Programs, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Los Angeles; and Stefanie Bonigut, MSW, ASW, Family Care Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Instructions for ECHO Hawaii

For HAH members only: Requirements of Participation Education

Registration for the skilled nursing facility Requirements of Participation two-day workshop closes today, January 27.   The event is fully booked, and questions on the workshop may be directed to Lori Henning at

Those staying at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Alana – Waikiki Beach may direct questions directly to the hotel.  
The workshop (in the requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will take place on Feb. 1 and 2.  American Health Care Association (AHCA) quality experts Dr. David Gifford and Lyn Bentley are coming to Honolulu to conduct the two-day program.

The first day focuses entirely on the Requirements of Participation. The topics covered include the admission process with newly-required resident notifications, discharge planning, changes to the care planning process, staffing requirements and staff competencies, new policies and procedures, the new facility assessment, and the new requirement for quality assurance and performance improvement.
The second-day topics include re-hospitalization strategies, staffing stability strategies, tackling adverse events, and improving a nursing home’s Five Star rating.

Medicare University

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii and Pathway Health is teaming up to offer a local, three-day intensive seminar on Medicare billing.
The Medicare University program will be offered at the Arcadia Retirement Residence in Honolulu on Feb. 27 to March 1. It is designed to meet the needs of clinicians and anyone involved in billing who finds him/herself mired in confusing, complex and ever-changing regulations and requirements.

The session topics include:
  • Fundamentals of Medicare 
  • Managing Medicare A in a SNF 
  • Managing the SNF documentation process
  • Rehabilitation Therapy under PPS 
  • PPS Payment System & MDS Assessment Scheduling 
  • RUG-IV 
  • Consolidated Billing for Facility Management Teams
  • Medical Review/Additional Development Request
The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Medicare University program has been approved for 22.5 CEs.

The workshop fee for AANAC members is $575; non-members pay $775. Register here and click on "Honolulu" under the "class location and date" section or call 877-777-5463.

RAC Certification Course in Honolulu

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii is partnering with Pathway Health and the Arcadia Retirement Residence to bring to Hawaii a three-day course for resident assessment coordinators.
The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination’s (AANAC) Resident Assessment Coordinator – Certified (RAC-CT) certification is a nationally recognized credential for people working in long term care environments.
Participants should have experience working with the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process and the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS 3.0).

The course will run Feb. 22 to Feb. 24 at the Arcadia Retirement Residence in Honolulu. The fee for AANAC members is $575; for non-members, $775.
Register here and click on “Honolulu” under the "class dates and locations" section or call 877-777-5463.

Community Calendar

Sixty-Five Shades of Gray
April 14
Halekulani Ballrooms
CE Credits
  • Physicians – Approved for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Nursing – Approved for 7.0 nursing contact hours
  • Others – A certificate of attendance will be provided
For More Info & To Register: Office of CME – (808) 691-4406 or

HAH Events

Requirements of Participation
Feb. 1 and 2
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana - Waikiki Beach

The Importance of Advance Care Planning Webinar
Feb. 7
10:00 - 11:00 am HST
CEU now available! This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers-Hawai’i Chapter (Approval HI62792016-128) for up to 1 Social Work continuing education contact hour.

RAC Certification Course
Feb. 22 - 24
Arcadia Retirement Residence
$575 for AANAC members; $775 for non-members
Register here and click on “Honolulu” under the "class dates and locations" section or call 877-777-5463.

Medicare University 3-Day Intensive Seminar
Feb. 27, 28, and March 1
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arcadia Retirement Residence
Register here and click on “Honolulu” under the "class location and date" section or call 877-777-5463.

HAH Annual Meeting
July 18
Hawaii Prince Hotel
*For HAH Members Only*

HAH Advocacy Day
August 22
Hawaii Prince Hotel
*For HAH Members Only*

HAH Awards & Scholarship Gala
October 21
Ko'olau Ballrooms
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