Month: April 2015
We have achieved an important victory for our Medicare and TRICARE patients.
By uniting our voices on Capitol Hill, we got Congress to pass the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act—which at last repeals the so-called “sustainable” growth rate (SGR) payment formula that perennially threatened patients’ access to care.
The new legislation removes much of the instability and uncertainty that long has plagued the Medicare payment system so our practices can be here to serve our patients. A huge step in the right direction, the bill also includes several other important improvements for physician practices. (You can read more about these provisions at AMA Wire®.)
Thank you for all your efforts to help make SGR repeal a reality. The united voice of the entire medical community is powerful indeed. We celebrate this achievement for our patients.
The AMA will continue our work to ensure the sustainability of physician practices and clear roadblocks to improving the health of the nation.
Be sure to join us in the journey ahead.
Robert M. Wah, MD
President, American Medical Association
P.S. be sure to stay engaged with the Physicians’ Grassroots Network as we continue to work on important health care issues.
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HAWAI`I COUNTY COUNCIL’S COMMITTEE on Human Services and Social Services approved distribution of $1.5 million to county nonprofit agencies Tuesday. The committee received 137 eligible applications requesting more than $5.5 million. Last year, 103 organizations requested slightly more, while the budgeted amount was the same. Ka`u Council member Maile David, who chairs the committee, said, “Although amounts requested by organizations far exceeded recommended award amounts, all applicants expressed their understanding and conveyed their determination to continue providing services to supplement the needs of our island communities and increasing population.
Ka`u nonprofits receiving funds include Boys & Girls Club, $10,000 for Out-of-School Fitness for Life in Pahala; Ho`omalu Ka`u, $3,000 for a native dry-land plants workshop; Ka`u Rural Health Community Association, $25,000 for Ka`u Rural Health Academy; and `O Ka`u Kakou, $20,000 to be divided equally among its Family Fun Fest, Ka`u Coffee Trail Race and `Ohana Day, Ka`u Sanitation Program and Keiki Fishing Tournament at Punalu`u.
Except for Boys & Girls Club, these organizations did not receive grants from this funding source in the past two years.
Other nonprofits with a presence in Ka`u include Bay Clinic, which received $35,000 for its mobile health unit; Big Brothers Big Sisters, $7,000 for one-to-one mentoring; The Food Basket, $20,000 ensuring capacity for East and West Hawai`i; Hawai`i County Economic Opportunity Council, $20,000 for drop-out prevention program and $35,000 for its transportation program; Hawai`i Meth Project, $5,000 for meth prevention youth outreach; and Hui Malama Ola Na `Oiwi, $3,000 for 15th annual Ladies Night Out, $10,000 for its cancer program and $35,000 for Kokua Hali Health transportation.
|Maile David, Kaʻu Councilmember|
2015 KA’U TST SCHEDULE
Effective April 2015
April 13 (placement) & 15 (read)
May 11 (placement) & 13 (read)
June 8 (placement) & 10 (read)
July 13 (placement) & 15 (read)
August 10 (placement) & 12 (read)
Sept. 14 (placement) & 16 (read)
Oct. 12 (placement) & 14 (read)
Nov. 16 (placement) & 18 (read)
Dec. 14 (placement) & 16 (read)
Kau TST give and read will be the 2nd Monday & Wednesday of the month from 9am-10am, except for November because of the Nov. 11 holiday.
**TB TESTING DONE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. CALL 939-2400 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT**
PLEASE INQUIRE FURTHER IF NEEDING A 2-STEP.
March 27, 2015, KRHCAI held its 18th Annual Ka’u Rural Health Conference. To their pleasure, the attendees or participants outweighed the registration rooster. Guests and exhibitors were welcomed through Pahala Community Center’s front entrance. They were greeted at the entrance with a view of the stage. The beautiful flowers were donated by Wood Dell Farms and the centerpieces were arranged by Sweetie Grace (a former supervisor of the previous McCall Flower Farms).
“I can’t help but notice the stage. Its gorgeous and matches the layout of this conference” K. Waltjen (HMONO, exhibitor)
Through collaboration including partnerships and long hours that volunteers willingly contributed, the 18th Annual Ka’u Rural Health Conference was a sweet success. It comprised of numerous exhibitors: College of Pharmacy, Hiilei Aloha, LLC, Maui Economic Opportunity, Hawaii Health System Corporation, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Unitedhealthcare, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Kahuku Ahapua’a, HMSA, ADRC, University of Hawaii Hawaii Community College-Rural Hawaii Business Program, HiClass, University of Hawaii CCES, Department of Public Health, and the Ka’u Community Asthma Project Program.
“We’re happy with the turn out. Actually, I was ecstatic to see many members attend the conference including those who did not register. This conference wasn’t entirely about the association; it’s a meeting to inform our members and others of the resources available through different opportunities. Overall, success comes in different forms and we achieved our own success today.”
H. Grace (KRHCAI, Secretary)
To capture the moments, we have included several shots throughout the event. More photo’s to come…