Among the top legislative priorities for HAH this year (2019) were the hospital and nursing facility sustainability programs, now entering their seventh year. These programs have brought in millions of federal dollars to help cover the difference between the cost of care and what Medicaid reimburses. The bills authorizing each program were reauthorized for two years.
In addition to the sustainability programs, HAH looked at amending the Hawaii Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) law that was passed last year.
That bill passed, providing clarity on when the PDMP must be checked for inpatient care; exempting terminally ill hospice and palliative care patients; and allowing prescribers to not check the PDMP if the patient is receiving pain medication for the treatment of post-surgical pain, and as long as the prescription is for three days or less with no refill.
HAH also supported legislation to fund loan repayment for rural providers, provide enhanced funding for home-and-community based services that help seniors age in place, and establish a telehealth coordinator at the Department of Health.
HAH was able to help educate legislators on other matters, such as hospital lift policies and balance billing in Hawaii. HAH will also be included in a number of work groups to discuss complex issues, such as the treatment of patients experiencing a mental health crisis.
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HAH represents the interests of its provider members in numerous stakeholder,
policy and planning groups.
Academic Progression in Nursing Employer and Conjoint Councils
American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Hawaii
Antipsychotic and Dementia Coalition
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Hawaii Chapter
Farrington High School Health Academy Advisory Board
Hawaii Department of Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative
Hawaii Department of Health Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory and Steering Committees
Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative
Hawaii Maternal Mortality Review Committee
Hawaii Opioid Initiative
Hawaii Performance Improvement Collaborative, State Office of Primary and Rural Health
Hawaii Stroke Coalition
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
Honolulu Community Coalition
Kauai Community Partners
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
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Advisory Council of Hospital CEOs
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)
American Hospital Association (AHA)
Council of State Home Care Associations
National Association for Healthcare Quality
National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign
Premier, Inc. Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN)