National Quality Awards Given to Three Hawaii Skilled Nursing Facilities

Three Hawaii skilled nursing facilities attained national recognition Thursday for their efforts to provide high quality care to their residents.

Garden Isle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Maunalani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (in the photo above), and Palolo Chinese Home are the latest Hawaii nursing homes to attain a Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. (AHCA/NCAL).

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii is the state affiliate for AHCA/NCAL, which represents more than 13,600 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the nation.

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program honors providers throughout the country that have demonstrated their commitment to delivering quality care for seniors and persons with disabilities.

The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. At the Bronze level, providers develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements, and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.

Trained examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. Recipients of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award may now apply for the Silver – Achievement in Quality Award.

The three Hawaii facilities join two others, Aloha Nursing and Rehab Centre in Kaneohe and Hi’olani at Kahala Nui in Honolulu, in attaining the Bronze Award and being eligible for the Silver Award. The Silver Awards are announced in June.“This recognizes the terrific work that our Hawaii skilled nursing facilities are doing in caring for their residents,” said HAH President and CEO Hilton Raethel. “I am confident that there will be more joining their ranks, and that Hawaii will see nursing homes attaining Silver Awards, and even Gold Awards, in the future.”

The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2018.

Hawaii Executives Learning About Global Healthcare Budgeting

This week, a contingent of healthcare executives from Hawaii went to Maryland to learn more about global budgeting, a system under which healthcare spending is capped at a set amount for the year.

All-payer global hospital budgeting departs from fee-for-service reimbursement by assuring that a hospital receives a set amount of revenue over the course of the year, from sources that include the government and health insurance companies. This prospective assurance creates an incentive to reorganize care delivery and invest in services to address preventable health conditions.

The program on global budgeting was hosted in Baltimore by Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with the Milbank Memorial Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies, and the National Rural Health Association.

In the photo above (left to right): Dr. Gerard Livaudais, Vice President, Hawaii Pacific Health; Judy Mohr Peterson, MedQUEST Administrator for the state Department of Human Services; Hilton Raethel, HAH President and CEO; Amita Goyal, Assistant Vice President, strategic provider relations, HMSA; Dan Brinkman, President and CEO, Hilo Medical Center; Mike Sayama, Executive Director, Community First Hawaii Health Care.

Annual Meeting: July 24

The HAH 2018 Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 24 this year and registration will open at 7:15 a.m. on the day of the event, a half hour earlier than in years past.

This change is being made to accommodate the business meeting portion of the event that includes a vote on the HAH bylaws, which have not been updated since 2001.

As in years past, this is an invitation-only event open to the HAH membership, HAH Board members, and special guests. HAH member organizations may send a representative, generally the president/CEO or a C-suite executive.

This year, members of HAH committees are also invited to attend. These committees include the Chief Financial Officer Committee, the Post-Acute and Acute Care Quality Committees, the Finance Committee, and the Government Relations Committee.

Invitations will be sent later this month and HAH will start taking RSVPs after the invitations are sent. Please direct questions to Stacy Wong at [email protected], or 521-8961.

Award Nominations, Scholarship Applications, and Gala Sponsorships

The 2018 Awards and Scholarship Gala in October recognizes the best healthcare professionals working in the industry, and while the event may seem a long way off some important deadlines are coming up:

Please submit your nominations for the Hawaii Healthcare Heroes awards by June 15. These are the only awards that allow members of the public to nominate that special healthcare worker who made a difference to their life or the life of someone they love.

If you were a patient or resident, or an immediate family member of one, this gives you a chance to have that healthcare employee recognized. Click here for the online nomination form.

Nominations recognizing peers in the healthcare industry are due by June 21.  Click here to see the award categories, and read more about the criteria for each.

Scholarship applications are due by June 21 also. Please click here for the application form.

For those seeking more information about Gala sponsorship opportunities, please click herefor the FAQ, here for the grid showing sponsorship levels and benefits, and here for the sponsorship reservation form. please direct questions to Stacy Wong at [email protected] or (808) 521-8961.

Those who would like to donate a Silent Auction item – a bottle of wine, electronics, jewelry, gift card, etc. – in support of the healthcare scholarships, may click here for the donor form. For questions, please contact Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra at [email protected], or (808) 521-8961.