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In this issue: Paul Young Serves as Panelist | Nurse Researchers in Hawaii Study Oral Bacteria | Medicare University | Master Training | Seeking the Next HAH President and CEO

January 13, 2017

For HAH Members Only: Requirements of Participation Education

Members of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii are invited to a special members-only education workshop on the skilled nursing facility Requirements of Participation put forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The workshop will take place on Feb. 1 and 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana – Waikiki Beach.  American Health Care Association 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, new physical building requirements, adverse event prevention, 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-only day-time parking and printed materials for both days). Register here.  Hotel accommodation is available at the Doubletree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach Hotel, 1956 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815.  The rate is $192 + taxes and fees per night.  This must be booked by Wednesday,
Jan. 25, 2017; mention the Healthcare Association of Hawaii for the discounted rate.

Please direct any questions to Lori Henning at

HAH's Paul Young Serves as Panelist at Policy Conference in Honolulu

Paul Young, (second from left) HAH associate vice president for finance and public policy, talks about healthcare financing at the State of Reform health policy conference this week at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Nurse Researchers in Hawaii Study Oral Bacteria & Preterm Labor

Faculty members at UH Mānoa Nursing have received a grant to study the link between mouth bacteria and preterm labor among women in Hawaii.
The $39,000 federal grant comes from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities through the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN). Titled “Placental Oral Microbiota Associated with Preterm Labor in Hawai‘i,” the study will examine placental tissue samples from women who experienced preterm labor for the presence and type of oral bacteria.
Oral bacteria that cause dental decay (cavities) can be transmitted through the bloodstream from the mouth to other parts of the body, including the placenta, and can contribute to the development of serious diseases.
About 40% of pregnant women experience dental decay, which is associated with pregnancy complications such as preterm labor, preterm birth and low birth weight infants.
“The overall goal is to reduce dental disease in mothers so that they will not experience pregnancy complications like preterm labor and birth, or pass the cavity producing bacteria on to their infants and children,” said Maureen Shannon, CNM, FNP, PhD, FAAN, FACNM, principal investigator. “We are committed to conducting research that can have a beneficial clinical impact for Hawai‘i mothers and their keiki.”

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 from 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 $575; non-members pay $775. To register go to and click on “Shop Online” or call 877-777-5463.

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

HAH member hospitals interested in participating in the Premier Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (or HIIN) TeamSTEPPS Master Training can now register here.

Premier and HAH are offering this two-day Master Trainer course in Honolulu at no cost to participating HIIN hospitals and Affinity Team members. It will take place on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu. 
Please direct questions to Rebecca O’Brien at or (808) 639-8610.

Seeking the Next HAH President and CEO

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii is seeking qualified candidates for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.  

Interested parties are asked to submit a cover letter and resume to   

Please click here for a link to the job description.

HAH Events

Requirements of Participation
Feb. 1 and 2, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana - Waikiki Beach

The Importance of Advance Care Planning Webinar
Feb. 7, 2017
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.
Registration and more information

Medicare University 3-Day Intensive Seminar
Feb 27, 28, and March 1, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Arcadia Retirement Residence
Click here to register and click on “Shop Online” and enter "Honolulu" in the search field.  Or call 877-777-5463.
More information
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