Building on HAH’s 2011-2015 strategic plan, Vision 2020 is founded on the following five pillars: Advocacy and Public Policy, Quality and Patient Safety, Financing and Reimbursement, Regulation and Compliance, and Communication, Education and Workforce. Each pillar includes a statement of purpose that identifies what the Association wants to achieve. Each pillar also includes strategic priorities, which identify how the Association plans to achieve statement of purpose. The pillars and their strategic purposes are identified below and each pillar’s strategic priorities are described.
Together, the plan’s pillars and their strategic priorities, along with the broadened definition of advocacy, guide the Association in its efforts to fulfill our mission “to be Hawaii’s most effective advocate for a comprehensive and financially strong healthcare system that successfully responds to the diverse and changing health needs of all we serve” and to achieve its vision of “a healthy Hawaii where every resident of every age has convenient access to appropriate, affordable, high quality care, and where healthcare providers are reimbursed adequately to deliver that care. As the unifying voice of Hawaii’s healthcare providers and an authoritative and respected leader in shaping healthcare policy in Hawaii, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) works with committed partners and stakeholders to lead the movement toward achieving an equitable, sustainable Hawaii healthcare system driven to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness for the patients and communities who entrust their care to us.”
Advocacy is a core function of HAH and the representation of its members is the Association’s highest priority. HAH is the principal advocate for the mutually-held interests of its members and the people it serves, speaking with one voice for the changes that will benefit HAH members and healthcare consumers statewide.
Quality improvement and measurable outcomes are a focal point for federal and state legislators, regulatory agencies, payers, employers who pay for healthcare for their employees, and for the population at large. There are increasingly greater rewards for achieving and exceeding goals, and increasing penalties for non-compliance and for low performers. Association members are committed to providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare.
Medicare and Medicaid funding is under threat from the executive branch in the nation’s capital, and from many members of Congress. Hawaii has experienced reductions in reimbursement for government funding from sequestration, market basket cuts as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, and the competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment. HAH maintains a legislative and policy agenda that opposes reductions in reimbursement, and identifies opportunities and initiatives which support improved Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. HAH also works with the regulatory agencies and HAH members across the continuum of care to ensure that they maximize the monies available from pay-for-performance and pay-for-value programs.
HAH continually monitors the status of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and works collaboratively with other state associations in representing members’ interests. The Association maintains a plan for keeping members informed and providing education regarding changes that may be made to the ACA, its regulations and any subsequent replacement laws and/or regulations.
The ACA requires non-profit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) that considers input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by a hospital, including those with special knowledge of, or expertise in, public health. HAH provides support to conduct members’ community health needs assessments and opportunities to meet community health needs.
Federal laws and regulations require certain healthcare providers and facilities to meet best practice standards for emergency preparedness and operations as a condition of their participation with Medicare and Medicaid. In partnership with the Hawaii Department of Health and the Hawaii Emergency Management agency, the HAH Emergency Services Coalition supports over 130 healthcare coalition members fostering mutual support, integration, coordination and the development of emergency management activities.
The complexity and lack of understanding of the healthcare industry can result in poor public opinion and misrepresentation in the media. HAH is not only a principle advocate for its members, but also for the residents of Hawaii, speaking with one voice for changes that will benefit both HAH members and healthcare consumers statewide. To elevate the healthcare industry’s profile and strengthen public confidence in and knowledge of healthcare, HAH maintains a robust and comprehensive communications and education agenda. This gives legislators, business leaders, the people of Hawaii, and the media an accurate portrayal of the true state of Hawaii’s healthcare delivery system, highlights the role of HAH, and also recognizes and acknowledges opportunities for improvement.
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