Membership Value

In 2016-2017:

Key measures supported by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii were approved during the Hawaii legislative session that ended this week, including the financial sustainability programs for the hospitals and the skilled nursing facilities.

In a difficult budget year during which tax revenues were coming in lower than expected, an inflationary adjustment for Medicaid patients needing nursing home care was maintained and approved as part of the state’s budget. In addition, discussion will continue via a task force on a measure to provide additional money to skilled nursing facilities caring for medically-complex patients.

A significant number of bills that HAH worked on for members were also favorably resolved.

  • HB 89 HD1 SD1 CD1: Hospital Sustainability Program
    This legislation reauthorized the hospital sustainability program for two more years. This program helps facilities offset uncompensated care costs incurred by treating Medicaid recipients and uninsured individuals. However even after the benefits of the program, Hawaii’s hospitals – all of them nonprofits – were still left with millions in losses due to uncompensated care
  • HB 90 HD1 SD2: Nursing Facility Sustainability Program
    This legislation extends the skilled nursing facility sustainability program for two more years. The funds generated through this program are used to cover payment shortfalls. However, even after the benefits of the program, long-term care facilities were still faced with an industry-wide financial shortfall in the millions of dollars.
  • HB91 HD1 SD1: Clean Claims
    This legislation clarifies that acute care hospitals are covered under the State’s clean claims statute. This statute requires insurers to abide by prompt payment requirements under state law.
  • HCR 161 SD2 HD1: Working Group Related to Complex Patients
    This establishes a task force examining establishment of an additional fee to nursing homes that accept medical complex Medicaid patients, such as those who are obese or who have behavioral health issues. The additional money will help pay for staff training, additional needed medications, or equipment purchases such as lifts that can safely handle bariatric patients.
  • State Budget: Inflationary Adjustment for Nursing Facilities
    The state’s budget maintains the inflationary update approved last year for nursing homes caring for Medicaid patients, but does not increase the amount. The previous increase was the first since 2009, despite rising costs and greater administrative burdens. This legislation provides about $1.55 million in funding that will generate almost $1.8 million in additional federal matching dollars for Hawaii. This funding will help long-term facilities keep their beds and services open as the demand for their services rise.

 

2017-2018 Member Value Report

 

 Stand together with your peers from across the healthcare continuum. Together, we have a strong voice.

Creating sustainable solutions for the future of healthcare.

It’s about improving the quality of care for everyone.

 

HAH Member Committees

Be a part of collaborations across the continuum of care throughout Hawaii.
Meet your peers across the healthcare industry.

Regular Member Divisions (meet monthly):

  • Acute Care Leadership
  • Long Term Care Leadership (skilled nursing facility executives)
  • Assisted Living Facility/Adult Residential Care Home Committee (ALF and ARCH executives)
  • Home Care and Hospice Leadership (home health, hospice, home infustion and pharmacy)

Acute Care Quality Committee
Awards & Scholarship Committee
Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Chief Financial Officer Committee (hospital CFOs)
Community Health Needs Assessment Advisory Group
Finance Committee
Government Relations Committee
Hawaii Affinity Team
Neighbor Island Committee
Post-Acute and Acute Quality Committees
Public Information Officer Working Group
Sepsis Best Practices Group

HAH Representing Its Members

HAH represents the interests of its provider members in numerous stakeholder,
policy and planning groups.

Hawaii

Academic Progression in Nursing Employer and Conjoint Councils
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Hawaii
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Hawaii Chapter
Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Public Health Fund
Department of Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative
Department of Health Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory and Steering Committees
Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative
Hawaii Performance Improvement Collaborative, State Office of Primary and Rural Health
Hawaii Stroke Coalition
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
Honolulu Community Coalition
JABSOM Advisory Council of Hospital CEOs
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation Board
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
State of Hawaii Division Network Adequacy and Balance Billing Task Force
State of Hawaii Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Advisory Committee

National

AA Homecare

  • State Leaders Council

Advancing Excellence in Nursing Homes Campaign
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)

  • Affiliate Policy Task Force
  • Affiliate State Health Care Association Executives
  • Quality Committee

American Hospital Association (AHA)

  • Allied Association Quality Committee
  • Allied Association Telehealth Group
  • Allied Public Relations Executives
  • Regional Policy Board 9
  • State Hospital Association Executive Forum

Council of State Home Care Associations
National Association for Healthcare Quality
National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)

  • Forum of State Associations