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In this issue: Hawaii Prince Hotel | Dementia Topics | Call on Value Based Purchasing

 March 3, 2017

Hawaii Nursing Homes Still No. 1 in Reducing Anti-Psychotic Meds

Hawaii skilled nursing facilities have cut usage of anti-psychotic drugs by nearly half over the past five years, keeping Hawaii number one in the nation when it comes to appropriate use of these medications, recent government data show. 
This is important because inappropriate use of such medications is a patient safety concern, and government reimbursement is increasingly tied to quality-related measures such as reducing unnecessary use of anti-psychotics.
In a state such as Hawaii, with its aging population, this recent ranking highlights how seriously the local nursing homes have taken this issue and how well they are performing. “Hawaii has sustained this top spot in the national ranking for several years, and we are proud of our long-term care members for upholding patient safety and providing high quality care,” said Kathleen Libao-Laygo, HAH Director of Quality.
The data recently released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes shows that the nation’s nursing homes reduced their usage of anti-psychotic drugs 32.4% over the past five years.
The rate went from 23.9 % of long term stay residents in 2011 to 16.1 % in the third quarter of 2016. Hawaii’s nursing homes, which already perform better than their counterparts nationally, dropped their usage of anti-psychotics from 12.5% in 2011 down to 6.9% in the third quarter of 2016. That’s a reduction of 5.51 percentage points, or more than 44%.
Hawaii beat out the District of Columbia and New Jersey, the locations ranked number two and three in appropriate use of anti-psychotics.

Hawaii Prince Hotel Discount for HAH Annual Meeting Attendees

A discount is available for HAH members seeking to stay at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki for the July 18 HAH Annual Meeting.
Those interested may call the reservations number, 1-888-977-4623, and mention the HAH Annual Meeting in July. Ask for the catering rate, which is about 20% off the best available room rate at the time of booking.
For Hawaii residents, there is a kama’aina catering rate of about 25% off.

New Speakers Bureau Features Experts on Dementia Topics

The Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative has created a speaker’s bureau covering topics on dementia.
The speaker’s bureau is offered through a partnership between HADI, part of the UH Center on Aging, and Kokua Mau: Hawaii’s Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
Speakers are available on topics that include “Advanced Dementia and Palliative Care for Persons Living with Memory Loss,” “Hospice and Dementia,” “The Grief Journey of Caregiving and Dementia,” “Caregiver Self-Care,” and “Starting the Conversation on Advance Care Planning
for Persons with Memory Loss.”
The presentations are appropriate for diverse audiences, to include organizations, clubs, employees, retiree associations, unions, caregivers, healthcare settings, senior centers, libraries, churches or temples.
To book for your group, please contact Jody Mishan at (808) 295-2624, or
The speaker’s bureau is made possible by a grant from the Administration for Community Living.

Call on Value Based Purchasing for Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a call on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:30 a.m. Hawaii time.
The Program adjusts SNF Part A payments by up to 2 percent each year for 10 years starting in FY 2019 based on 2017 calendar year rehospitalization rates.
CMS experts will discuss the program and provide guidance on understanding confidential quarterly feedback reports. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, and materials will be available on the CMS website approximately two weeks following the call. 
For more information click here.

HAH Events

Elder Abuse & Mandatory Reporting in Hawaii
March 22
10:00 am
Free of charge.
Attendance limited to the first 100 registrants.

Continence Management Webinar
April 5
10:00 - 11:00 am

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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