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In this issue: TeamSTEPPS© Master Training | Requirements of Participation | Medicare University | RAC Certification Course | Community Calendar

January 20, 2017

Hawaii Legislature Opens

HAH President and CEO George Greene stands next to state Representative Della Au Belatti, who invited him to the opening day ceremonies at the state legislature this week.

The Hawaii legislature opened for the 2017 session this week, starting the clock on five months of activity that will decide the state’s budget and policy priorities.
The Healthcare Association of Hawaii has been preparing for this session through discussions with HAH members, meetings with community partners, and talks with elected and appointed state officials.

The Association has five legislative priority items. A notable change this year is having the sustainability programs for the hospitals and nursing homes be authorized for two years instead of one. This is a sign of confidence in how well the programs have worked over the past five years to bring in more than $260 million in additional Medicaid funding to Hawaii, stabilizing hospital and nursing home reimbursement in the state.

Other changes include having the inflationary increase covering nursing home Medicaid patients included in the governor’s budget this year. In tandem, HAH is seeking a legislative measure for the inflationary increase should this line item be cut from the governor’s proposed budget.
Last year, a one-time appropriation to fund the first increase in eight years was passed by the legislature. This effort will reinstate that funding for at least two years.

Here are the HAH legislative priorities:
  • Hospital Sustainability - Reauthorize the hospital sustainability program by extending the sunset provision as long as the program remains in a form that is acceptable to HAH hospital members.
  • Nursing Facility Sustainability - Reauthorize the nursing facility sustainability program by extending the sunset provision as long as the program remains in a form that is acceptable to HAH long-term care members.
  • Medicaid Annual Inflation Adjustment for Long-Term Care Facilities - Secure funding for an annual adjustment for inflation in Medicaid reimbursements for long term care services in the governor’s two-year budget (fiscal years 2018 and 2019.)
  • Waitlisted Patients - Provide a medically-complex add-on payment for long-term care facilities to care for patients with complicated needs, such as behavioral health issues.
  • Clean Claims - Pursue clarifying language for the clean claims statute to ensure that acute care hospitals are covered under the protections provided by this law.

For HAH Hospital Members Only: TeamSTEPPS© Master Training Opportunity!

There are still a few slots open for HAH member hospitals interested in the Premier Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (or HIIN) TeamSTEPPS Master Training on Jan. 24 and 25.

Participants may register here. Only HAH member hospitals participating in the Premier HIIN (as well as HAH Affinity Team members) are allowed access to the training.

Premier and HAH are offering this two-day Master Trainer course at no cost to participants. It will take place at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu. 
Please direct questions to Rebecca O’Brien at or (808) 639-8610.

For HAH Members Only: Requirements of Participation Education

Members of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii interested in the special members-only education workshop on the skilled nursing facility Requirements of Participation are asked to register by Jan. 27.

Those who will need hotel rooms and want the special $192 per night rate must make the bookings directly with the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Alana – Waikiki Beach by Jan. 25. Please call (808) 941-7275 to make your reservation.

The workshop on the requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will take place on Feb. 1 and 2 at the DoubleTree. 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.

The registration fee is $199 per person (this includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet, valet parking and printed materials for both days). Please direct any questions to Lori Henning at

Medicare University

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii and Pathway Health are 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

NASW Hawaii 2017 Conference: Building Connections-Fostering Community
Jan 26 – 27

Aloha Tower Marketplace
12 social work continuing education (CE) contact hours will be provided for 2 day attendance
More information

Hospice 101: The Basics for New Staff
Jan 26, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Webinar Details

A listing of more healthcare-related education and events is available online

HAH Events

TeamSTEPPS Master Training
Jan. 24 and 25
Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel
For hospital members only

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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