Power Partnerships & Growth Strategies in an Alternative Payment Model Environment
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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With the transition from fee for service to alternative payment models (APMs), is your agency prepared to develop successful growth strategies that focus on quality, data, the care continuum, and patient goals and engagement?  Who are your best power partners and what do those partnerships look like?  Are you a power partner?  Do you know what APM agencies want in a partner and how to achieve it?  This webinar will explain the various APMs and care designs to identify the key elements your agency must provide to be a power partner.  Learn opportunities and strategies to align your agency with government and commercial reimbursement trends.


  • Two key differences of past and present APMs
  • Why patient engagement and participation are critical to APM growth strategy
  • Is your agency effectively measuring patient goals, engagement, and satisfaction?
  • Why organizational capabilities will be tested if APMs remain effective
  • Power partnerships versus value-based contract requirements
  • Critical growth strategies for power partnerships, enabling participation in narrow payer networks
  • Why payers want power partnerships building narrow networks, whereas providers are familiar with value-based contract details
  • Alternative Payment Model Design Toolkit
  • HMA Weekly Round-up in Focus: Washington FQHC Alternative Payment Methodology
  • Chronic Care Management Guide
  • 8 Steps to Becoming an Innovation Powerhouse
  • White Paper – Population Health Management
  • Websites related to APMs, value-based care, growth strategies, and power partnerships

This informative session is a must for all key leaders, including CEOs, directors, administrators, CFOs, business development staff, marketing directors, patient care service directors, clinical directors, intake coordinators, field liaisons, transitional care coordinators, and reimbursement and billing specialists.

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Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN
Ahearn Advisement Partners

REHAB’s 4th Annual Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop
Nov 17 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm


Featured Presenters

  • Charles De Mesa, DO
    Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship
    Director of Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine
  • Dr. Charles J De Mesa, DO
    is a Pain Management specialist in Sacramento, California. He attended and graduated from medical school in 2010, having over 7 years of diverse experience, especially in Pain Management. He is affiliated with man y hospitals including
    University Of California Davis Medical Center.
  • Daniel Lueder, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh
    Dr. Daniel Lueders, MD, serves as Assistant Fellowship Director
    for the UPMC PM&R Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship and
    contributes to resident musculoskeletal and ultrasound education. He
    is a published author on the utilization of ultrasound in elbow ulnar
    collateral ligament laxity in baseball pitchers, resident education, and
    novel ultrasound-guided interventions for knee meniscal tears, carpal
    tunnel syndrome, and chronic exertional compartment syndrome.
  • Kentaro Onishi, DO
    Program Director of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s ACGME Accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship
    Dr. Kentaro Onishi, DO, is a physiatrist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and
    is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UPMC Mercy
    and UPMC Passavant. He received his medical degree from Western
    University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He recently
    took part in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as
    part of the International Olympic Committee’s medical team.
  • Kiran Vadada, MD
    Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician at Straub Medical Center
    Dr. Kiran Vadada, MD, Board certified in sports medicine, physical
    medicine and rehabilitation. Vadada earned his medical degree from
    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin Univ ersity of Medicine &
    Science. He also completed his internship in internal medicine from
    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Featured Hands-on Lab Instructors

  • Kenji Yamazaki, MD
    Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician Straub Medical Center
  • Nicholas Muraoka, DO
    Medical Director, Comprehensive Pain Management Program REHAB Hospital of the Pacific
  • Neal Washburn, DO, MS
    Sports Medicine, Spine Specialist and Regenerative Medicine 360 Sports, Spine and Wellness
  • Stephen Schaaf, MD
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation University of Pittsburgh
Ask the Experts Liver Wellness Conference @ John A. Burns School of Medicine
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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  • 8:00 a.m. Registration, Visit Exhibits
  • 8:55 a.m. Welcome & Review of Conference Learning Objectives
    Scott Suckow
    American Liver Foundation Pacific Coast Division
  • 9:00 a.m. Opioids and the HIV and Hepatitis Epidemics (CE provided)
    Heather Lusk
    Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center
    Thaddeus Pham
    State of Hawaii. Department of Health
    Viral Hepatitis & Hep Free Hawai’i
  • 9:50 a.m. HBV Overview with Current and New Treatment Options (CE provided)
    Sumodh Kalathil, MD
    The Queen’s Medical Center | The Queen’s Liver Center
  • 10:40 a.m. Morning Break
  • 10:55 a.m. Advances in the Management of Thrombocytopenia in Chronic Liver Disease
    (CME/CNE provided)
    Tarek Hassanein, MD
    Southern California Liver Centers
  • 11:55 a.m HCV Screening, Linkage to Care and Expanding the Care Continuum (CME/CNE/CPE provided)
    Tarek Hassanein, MD
    Southern California Liver Centers
  • 12:55 p.m. -Lunch-
  • 1:30 p.m. Liver Cancer (CE provided)
    Makoto Ogihara, MD
    Queen’s Transplant Center
  • 2:20p.m. Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities (CE provided)
    Christina Wang, DNP, APRN-RX, AGNP-C
    Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center
  • 3:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Scott Suckow
    American Liver Foundation Pacific Coast Division
11/18 Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation 4th Annual Meeting and Community Service Award @ Church of the Crossroads
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join us to recognize the outstanding work of Kōkua Mau and the presentation of the 2018 Mitsuo Aoki Community Service Award to Jeannette Kojane, Kōkua Mau’s own Executive Director.

11:30-12:00 Registration

12:00-12:15 Welcome and Prayer

12:16-12:30 2018 Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation Community Service Award

12:31-1:00 Buffet Luncheon

1:01-2:00 Panel Discussion: Our Care Our Choice

2:00-2:30 Q & A



Dr. Aoki’s work focused on holistic healing and end-of-life care. With that in mind, the Panel Discussion “Our Care, Our Choice” will explore how this new state law will allow individuals who are terminally ill, under specific circumstances, to request medications which will give them the choice to die on their own terms.

Our Care, Our Choice Panelists:

  • Sister Joan Chatfield, M.M., Ph.D., Moderator:
  • Jeannette Kojane, M.P.H., Executive Director, Kōkua Mau
  • Rae Seitz, M.D., Palliative Care Physician
  • Clarence Liu, M.A., M.Div., Hospice Chaplain
  • Alan Gamble, D.C.S.W., L.C.S.W.

The buffet luncheon will be sponsored by the Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation.

For details about the panelist please visit our website or download the flyer.

FREE Medicare Webinar: Medicare Health Insurance & Prescription Drug Plan Enrollment Options
Nov 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

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Please join speaker Terry Peacock in an intriguing discussion about medicare!


  • What is Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
  • What are the dates, deadlines, and process for enrollment?
  • How do people know if they need to change plans?
  • When can people find the next year’s Medicare Plan information and compare plans?
  • What is the difference between a Medicare Advantage Plan and a Medicare Supplemental Plan (Medigap)?
  • What are some of the rules and regulations surrounding medicare sales of medicare plans to protect seniors?

TERRY PEACOCK has an extensive background in the health industry and assisting hundreds of clients through the years with their health care planning and insurance needs. She has worked with Kaiser Permanente for 15 years, and served as Marketing Director at Kahala Nui Senior Living Community during the project’s development years.
Presently, she is an insurance advisor with Mutual of Omaha’s Hawaii Division and an authorized licensed representative for HUMANA and United Health Care Medicare Plans. Terry holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Hawaii and taught in the Public School Systems for several years before changing careers.

11/29 Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting @ Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
Nov 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

November 29 we will have an interesting hands-on presentation about TFT or Thought Filed Therapy by Dr. Caroline Sakai. We hope you can join us for this special presentation.

Caroline E. Sakai, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, who was formerly chief psychologist at Kaiser Hawaii Behavioral Health Services. She’s deployed on trauma relief missions to New Orleans and Rwanda. She has published articles on Thought Field Therapy, EMDR, and domestic violence, and her book “Overcoming Adversity: How Energy Tapping Transforms Your Life’s Worst Experiences – A Primer for Posttraumatic Growth”. See her website at

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is the original energy tapping methodology developed by clinical psychologist Roger Callahan. It is a self-treatment that utilizes the acupoints used in acupuncture and acupressure. TFT has been used effectively with posttraumatic stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, chronic pain, phobias and many other conditions and symptoms. It can be done by tapping or massaging the acupoints, and can be also be done by mentally focusing on the points once the treatment protocols are mastered. It is beneficial for practitioners who do the treatment on themselves while the client does the treatment on themselves, and both experience the benefits. Caretakers can do the treatments as bilateral massage of the acupoints on the patient. TFT protocols can be adapted for very young children, people with cognitive or other serious challenges, as well as infants and animals.

While there are various levels of treatment, the basics can be learned readily and Caroline will demonstrate and teach examples focused on our ‘Ohana working in palliative care settings.

Please access to the temple campus is from driveway off Lusitana Street, not the Pali Highway. There is plenty of free parking all around the buildings on campus but it is suggested to park in the top parking lot. Map on our website.

Take the first right on the Pali Highway after the merge with the H1 turn-off. Take a right on Lusitania and the driveway into the temple campus is to your right. There is a second entrance on the makai side, right after the bus stop, if you missed it. We are grateful for the temple to host our meetings.

Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist Level 1 Certification Course @ REHAB Hospital of the Pacific
Nov 30 – Dec 2 all-day

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REHAB Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) and the University of Northern Colorado Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (UNCCRI) are partnering to offer a Level 1 Certification Course for healthcare professionals who design and implement exercise interventions for cancer survivors.  The Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist – Level 1 (CCES L1) Course includes:

  • 2-day Practical Hands-On Training
  • Online Course Content
  • Face-to-Face Course Content

About CCES – L1 Certification:
Level 1 Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialists® (CCES®) are healthcare professionals who have a basic understanding of cancer biology, standard cancer treatments, treatment-related toxicities, and the benefits associated with exercise training in cancer survivors.  They utilize evidence-based research principles to train cancer survivors with the purpose of alleviating cancer and cancer treatment-related side effects, enhancing functional capacity, and improving quality of life.  They conduct physical assessments, compose exercise prescriptions, and supervise exercise interventions for cancer survivors using safe and effective training principles.

How to Improve Your Hospice CAHPS Survey Scores
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey measures and assesses the hospice care experiences of deceased patients and their informal caregivers.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed the CAHPS Hospice Survey with input from key organizations and individuals, including government agencies, consumer groups, and industry stakeholders.  Implementation of the survey supports national priorities for improving care, including involving patients and families in care and promoting effective communication and coordination.

Administration of a successful survey process encompasses reviewing the topics, measures, and approved vendors, as well as scoring and benchmarking.  This webinar will provide solutions for areas of concern and address the challenge of getting a significant return on surveys.


  • Administration of a successful survey process
  • How CAHPS Hospice Survey compliance is determined
  • Topics included in the CAHPS Hospice Survey
  • Scoring and benchmarking
  • Approved vendors
  • Solutions for areas of concern
  • Quick tips
  • Reference documents

This informative session will benefit hospice administrators, clinical managers, QAPI managers, volunteer managers/coordinators, patient care managers, compliance leaders, owners, and business development leaders.

PLEASE NOTE: Webinar content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual organization’s use only.

Gloria Turner
Turner Healthcare Consulting

Mobile Device Risks & Compliance Rules: Implementing Strategic BYOD & COPE Policies
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Hospice and home care team members increasingly use smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices for work and personal business.  Mobile devices, whether personally or employer-owned, increase HIPAA, EPHI, legal, security, privacy, and productivity risks.  Risk management best practices include adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Company-Owned Personally Engaged (COPE) policies, supported by employee education and technology tools.

This program will review mobile device risks facing hospice and home care providers and how best-practices-based rules, policies, and procedures can help reduce the likelihood of legal, HIPAA, and EPHI disasters.  Learn why and how to develop and implement a strategic mobile device policy program, combining written rules, employee training, and technology tools.  Don’t let smartphone slip-ups and mobile missteps jeopardize electronic medical records, blemish your reputation, or trigger lawsuits.  Attend this webinar to minimize mobile risks, while maximizing compliance and enhancing communication.


  • Managing mobile device risks and compliance with best-practices-based policy
  • Writing and implementing effective BYOD and COPE policies
    Safeguarding EPHI and business records on personal and employer-owned mobile devices
  • Communicating clearly, compliantly, and effectively, internally and externally via mobile devices
  • Choosing the right communication channel and tone to communicate business
  • Preserving, protecting, and producing records created and transmitted on mobile devices
  • Anticipating and preventing mobile risks
  • Best practices to ensure legal, regulatory, and organizational compliance
  • Instituting content rules to enhance mobile communication and compliance
  • Enforcing personal use rules to minimize risks and maximize productivity
  • Applying the 3Es of mobile compliance management
  • E-discovery: courts demand prompt production of electronic evidence, including text messages
  • Electronic evidence: how to ensure electronic records are legally valid
  • Real-life disaster stories: costly consequences of texting and record mismanagement
  • Monitoring: reconciling privacy expectations with legal realities
  • Tips, tools, and best practices for compliant mobile device use
  • Mobile Device Rules: Guidelines for Creating Effective Mobile Device Policy
  • Sample mobile device policy

This informative session is for human resources personnel, legal staff, compliance managers, IT staff, privacy officers, directors, administrators, employees responsible for mobile device policy, HIPAA compliance, EPHI, or business records, and anyone communicating via mobile device.

PLEASE NOTE: Webinar content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual organization’s use only.

Nancy Flynn, Founder & Executive Director
The ePolicy Institute™ & Business Writing Institute™

How to Create a Culture of Excellence from the Top Down
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Changing organizational culture happens slowly.  It begins with creating new experiences and routines that are vital to improved performance and new attitudes.  This ultimately leads to a better culture that affects all aspects of an organization’s business.  Leadership plays a crucial role in the change process because they create the vision for cultural change, establish the rules and structure, model the attitudes and behaviors, and build the support systems.  This webinar will provide various models, tools, and innovative insights to enact this change.  Creating a culture of excellence will improve employee morale and retention, patient experience, star ratings, financial bottom-line, and the community’s experience.


  • Who is and what are the catalysts for cultural change?
  • Organizational vision and effective goal setting for cultural change from the top down
  • Developing a master plan to strive for excellence
  • Discern between models and tools to provide structure, such as the 5 Pillars of Excellence, Six Sigma, or Lean Six Sigma
  • Leadership communication tools to effectively create a culture of excellence
  • Communication Boards – Using the Five Pillars of Excellence
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence
  • DMAIC: The 5 Phases of Lean Six Sigma
  • Nurse leader handbook – communication with the Team
  • Six Sigma Approach to Healthcare Quality Management
  • Top 10 Mistakes in Setting Goals
  • Leadership accountability evaluations
  • Board communication sample
  • Senior leader rounding – scouting report
  • Links to “culture of excellence” articles

This informative session is for board members, executive and agency leadership, including CEOs, administrators, DOPCS, clinical supervisors and managers, regulatory/compliance/QA, clinical leadership, educators, and medical directors.

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Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN
Ahearn Advisement Partners