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New Campaign Launched to Educate Americans about Health Insurance Marketplace

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New Campaign Launched to Educate Americans about Health Insurance Marketplace

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The Obama administration has launched a new educational campaign about the Health Insurance Marketplace. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their health insurance needs when open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. On the recently updated HealthCare.gov website, you can compare plans and get information about the Marketplace in your state. Customer service representatives are also available toll-free at 1-800-318-2596. People with hearing and/or speech disabilities may call using TTY/TDD technology at 1-855-889-4325.
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Nine Days of Free Health Care Coming to Ka’ū in June

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Nine Days of Free Health Care Coming to Ka’ū in June

An innovative training program by the U.S. Department of Defense will bring 75 military reservists to Ka‘ū June 4-12 to provide free medical care in clinics open to the public.Tropic Care 2013 will run two clinics, at Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary School and the Ocean View Community Center. Clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing early at 12 p.m. on the final day, June 12.

Health care services that will be provided free of charge include physical exams, dentistry, optometry (exams and glasses), medication review and provision of some medication, and nutrition education. Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis and are advised that there may be long wait times.

“This is an opportunity to bring needed medical, dental and vision services to the district of Ka‘ū,” said Aaron Ueno, Hawai‘i District Health Officer with the state Department of Health. “These services are open to the entire island and we are hoping to do this again in the future with community support.”

Tropic Care 2013 is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense and the state Hawai‘i District Health Office, supported by the County of Hawai‘i and the Ka‘ū Rural Health Community Association. It is an exercise of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training program, which challenges reservists to plan and implement rapid mobilizations to distant and unfamiliar areas.

“We thank the Department of Defense and all the reservists for coming to Hawai‘i Island and reaching out to our residents,” said Karen Teshima, Executive Assistant to Mayor Billy Kenoi. “This innovative program will benefit everyone involved, and will further our goal of keeping our community safe and healthy.”

Other community partners collaborating to bring this service to Ka‘ū are: the Hawai‘i Department of Education, Ocean View Family Health Center, Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi, Bay Clinic, Hawai‘i Island Cardiovascular, Hawai‘i Island Community Lung Assessment Science Studies, Ocean View Community Association, Kona Community Hospital, Hawai‘i Police Department, Hawai‘i National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy, Ka‘ū Hospital, Pacific Quest, and the Veteran’s Administration.

For more information on Tropic Care 2013 or to request special assistance or an auxiliary aid seven days prior to the event, call (808) 974-6035 or email Martha Yamada of the Public Health Nursing Section at martha.yamada@doh.hawaii.gov.

To view the Hawaii County link to this information, please click here.

Domestic Violence 101: A 25-Hour Domestic Violence Training in Kona

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Training Information

Domestic Violence 101: A 25-Hour Domestic Violence Training
Kona – May 30,31 and June 6,7
Each Day: 8 am – 4 pm

Location Information:
Queen Lili’uokalnai Children’s Center

Parking Information: TBA. HSCADV does not reimburse for the cost of parking.

HSCADV recommends that all staff that have any level of contact with victims of domestic violence complete this training for the protection of the victim’s confidentiality. Hawaii Revised Statute 06262-0001-505.5 provides client/counselor privilege to individuals who:
1) work for a domestic violence agency,
2) are supervised by a domestic violence supervisor, and
3) have completed a 25 hour domestic violence training.

This training is a four-day interactive experience featuring information that will create a foundation to understand the issue of domestic violence. Each of the days includes topic-specific modules. Participants may register for individual days, up to all four days of training; however, the first day of training requires attendance as it covers the dynamics of domestic violence and is the foundation for the following days of training. Please not that registration for each day denotes commitment to attend the entire day.

Day 1: April 25 (6.25 hours of training)
• Introduction
• Dynamics
• Privilege & Oppression
• Feminism
Day 2: April 26 (6.25 hours of training)
• Batterers and System Response to Batterers
• Child Development & Exposure to DV
• DV and Child Sex Abuse
• Child Abuse/Neglect in the context of DV
Day 3: May 2 (6.25 hours of training)
• Survivors of DV
• DV and the Law
Day 4: May 3(6.25 hours of training)
• Impact of Systems on Survivors
• Interventions
• Resources

Training Fees: Flat fee per person (regardless of # of days of training): $25 for member program staff, $100 for non-member programs/general public (scholarships are available for half price for non-members if cost is an issue). One hour break for lunch is provided each day. Lunch, snacks & drinks are on your own and can be purchased at any number of places in the area.

Participants are required to maintain their documentation of completion as HSCADV does not keep attendance records. All participants who complete this training will receive a comprehensive resource manual that includes information on the above topics and other related information and a certificate for each day of attendance.

Registration can be done on the link provided below:

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NRHA points to doc shortage aid; 4 free webinars; HIT benefits

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NRHA in The Washington Post: Osteopathic doctors may help alleviate rural doc shortage
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The national shortfall of family doctors, pediatricians and other generalists is expected to reach 52,000 by 2025. And only 9 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, where 20 percent of the U.S. population lives. “That’s where osteopaths have been largely helpful — in primary care and especially for those in need,” said NRHA’s Brock Slabach. And their footprint appears to be growing. More

Explore Louisville with colleagues from across the country
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NRHA’s 36th Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of rural health professionals, comes May 7-10 on the heels of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. There are plenty of opportunities to turn your trip into a vacation and explore renowned caves and caverns, the history behind the iconic Louisville Slugger and the life of hometown hero Muhammad Ali. Register now to save $100. More

NRHA sets its sights on the world
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NRHA has established the association’s International Rural Health Task Force to help lay groundwork for enhancing members’ expertise and experience. As issues in access to care parallel similar issues in other rural parts of the world, NRHA is looking to provide further leadership on rural health issues by fostering international connections in rural health and opportunities for members with international expertise and interests. More

NRHA’s Daily Yonder column: Sequestration, Medicaid and mortality
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Medicare cuts from sequestration will cost rural communities 12,000 health care jobs. But even bigger problems await rural residents in states that don’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Since rural areas have a disproportionate share of elderly and poor people, Medicaid expansion would have a more significant impact in saving lives and improving economic conditions for rural, writes NRHA’s Brock Slabach. More

HRSA webinar: HIT and quality for safety net providers
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This webinar titled “Using Clinical Decision Support in Safety Net Provider Settings” explores how safety net providers can implement and use a clinical decision support (CDS) system at 2 p.m. EST March 22. A CDS complements an electronic health record, helping to ensure all patients in a practice receive appropriate and timely preventive services and the right test, the right medication and the right treatment. Meaningful use requires that each clinician implement one CDS rule relevant to their specialty or clinical priority along with the capability to track compliance with the rule.More

Free webinar: Health literacy needs and barriers of rural patients
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Julie Halverson, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center assistant researcher, will present a webinar titled “Health Literacy and Rural Residence: Identifying and Addressing Needs” at noon CST March 28. The webinar will identify health literacy needs and barriers among a sample of rural cancer patients, examine how cultural values influence help-seeking and identify resources that address health literacy needs and barriers. More

ONC releases materials on CAHs, EHR and health IT benefits
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In an effort to support better care coordination and access to patient information in rural America, HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator recently released content specific to critical access hospitals and other small hospitals, the benefits and implementation of electronic health records, as well as meaningful use incentives. More

National Health Service Corps invites providers to virtual job fair
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Primary care medical, dental and mental and behavioral health providers in your state are being invited to register and participate in the NHSC Virtual Job Fair from 7-10 p.m. EST March 19. It makes finding job opportunities easy and convenient for clinicians and students with busy schedules who are interested in serving at Indian Health Service centers and Tribal clinics. Primary care providers from all over the country are welcome to participate. More

NRHA Partners offer free webinars on ICD-10 implementation and patient safety
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Contexo Media will present “Understanding and Preparing for ICD-10-CM/PCS” at noon CST March 20 to guide you through the basics of ICD-10-CM and PCS by clarifying the different code sets and defining project management requirements. “Safety — A Call to Action” will be presented by Verge Solutions to discuss the National Association for Health Care Quality’s patient safety strategies and goals at noon CST March 21. More

ONC offers free vouchers for health IT professional examinations
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HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator is offering free vouchers for health IT professionals to take one or more of the health IT professional exams. Exams will cover six key areas and must be taken by April 1. As of February, more 17,000 individuals in rural communities have taken part in the training offered through the program. More

Top 100 CAHs named
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iVantage Health Analytics’ 2013 “Benchmark Performance for Critical Access Hospitals” study is an extension of the industry’s first rural hospital ratings program developed by this NRHA Corporate Partner. See which hospitals made the company’s list. More

NRHA advocacy blog: Senate appropriations committee releases continuing resolution
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The Senate Appropriations Committee recently released its draft continuing resolution which would fund the government for the remaining six months of fiscal year 2013, operating under the caps and sequestration established in the budget control act. NRHA continues to advocate on behalf of all rural health programs. More

Fiscal cliff health care policy fix: Good for rural patients, taxpayers
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Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultaneously save taxpayers money. More

HHS takes ‘time out’ on meaningful use stage 3 rule-making
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HHS is effectively taking a “time out” in its rule-making process to ponder the best way to move forward with stage three of electronic health record meaningful use objectives intended to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. More

Study: Patients balk at considering cost in medical decision-making
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In recent years, consumers increasingly have been encouraged to factor cost into their medical decisions — by, for example, avoiding unnecessary tests, buying generic drugs and reducing visits to the emergency room. The hope is that a patient better educated and more engaged in his or her health decisions will choose options that will both promote better health and decrease costs. More

Casting call for new TV show focusing on rural health care providers
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A New York City-based television production company is developing a new television series about rural physicians, nurses or midwives for a major cable network. The show will focus primarily on health care professionals who work with women and babies. Dynamic medical workers who spend a large portion of their time visiting their patients outside a typical office setting are sought in a casting call for this new show. More

How to track, attack a superbug
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Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently held a press conference to announce the need to “sound an alarm” on the advance of CRE, a highly drug-resistant bacteria. CRE and other superbugs are found mostly in hospitals and long-term care facilities. More

Solar power brings health care to rural areas
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At the 2013 Samsung Africa Forum, Samsung Electronics Africa launched its Solar Powered Health Centre model in Cape Town, South Africa, marking the start of a large-scale medical initiative on the continent. The mobile centers are built for use in remote rural areas, and intended to eliminate the economic and geographic barriers that prevent people across Africa from obtaining quality medical treatment. More

Apply now for scholarships through NURSE Corps
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The 2013 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program — formerly known as the Nursing Scholarship Program — application cycle is now open. Through their scholarship and loan repayment programs, NURSE Corps is empowering and enabling nurses to follow their passion for helping and healing others. The deadline to apply is 7:30 p.m. EST May 2. More

National Nutrition Month sheds light on childhood obesity
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The New Mexico Department of Health has released “The Weight of Our Children: New Mexico Childhood Obesity 2012 Update” to coincide with National Nutrition Month. The fact sheet reflects data collected in an effort to understand and address the problem of childhood obesity. Data was analyzed by grade, gender and ethnicity, and results were weighted to represent the kindergarten and third grade public school populations in New Mexico. More

Health care cuts from vaccinations to research
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Sequestration spares Medicaid and almost all of Medicare, but automatic cuts to other federal health care programs will make it more difficult for low-income Americans to get maternal and infant care, vaccinate their children and receive treatment for mental illness. More

ONC: Hospitals make strides to show meaningful use
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Hospitals are making good progress acquiring and implementing basic electronic health record systems that are capable of showing meaningful use, but only a small minority has comprehensive EHRs, according to a pair of new reports from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT. More

A bump in the road to accountable care?
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The pioneer accountable care organizations have long been the shining stars of the Affordable Care Act’s strategy to rein in the country’s out-of-control spending on health care. The 32 organizations are part of a Medicare pilot project called for in the health law that could revolutionize the health system by paying doctors and hospitals for quality of service rather than the volume of services. Pioneers would be offered a bonus for giving patients high-quality care at a reduced cost. If they failed to hit certain quality targets or did not manage to reduce the cost of care, they would be dinged accordingly. More

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What do sequestration, Medicaid and mortality have in common? (NRHA)
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Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences (NRHA)
The country doctor is in (Parade)

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The Million Hearts™ Initiative

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The Initiative

Overview

Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.

Million Hearts™ aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:

  • Improving access to effective care.
  • Improving the quality of care for the ABCS.
  • Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
  • Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.

The Million Hearts™ initiative will focus, coordinate, and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives. Million Hearts™ will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation.

Million Hearts™ brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the Administration for Community Living, National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association, and YMCA, among many others.

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Health IT Week: Health IT for You and Me

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Celebrate Health IT Week!

Health IT for You and Me

Health Information Technology (Health IT) is upgrading our health care system for the 21st century. Today’s technology is converting the information in our paper records into an electronic format that allows you and your doctors to have access to your health information when and where it’s needed.

Watch this video (3 minutes) from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to learn more about how Health IT is improving health care for you.

Local Perspectives

Health IT is one of several essential tools to improve health care and, ultimately, health. When Health IT is effectively combined with the other essential tools — access to primary care, patient-centered values, a culture of continuous improvement, and inclusive leadership — it helps drive improvements in patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, provider satisfaction, and cost reduction.

Sharon H. Vitousek, MD
Board President, Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
Director, North Hawai‘i Outcomes Project


A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ia
No task is too big when done together by all.

The whole idea behind Beacon — whether through Health IT, care coordination, or clinical transformation — is to handle the huge task of health care for Hawai‘i Island, which can only be done by all of us working together!

Michelle Malia Hiraishi
Executive Director
Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi


Health IT helps us merge our clinical efforts with appropriate documentation so that we are able to accurately capture data for internal and external quality improvement efforts. By having access to all of our information electronically, we are able to be more efficient and effective in managing patient care through improved communication and the ability to track patient outcomes.Melissa Corrao
Medical Home Program Coordinator
Bay Clinc, Inc.

Health IT is important to our organization and to me because it will allow sharing of my and other patients’ health information electronically with other health care providers. This will improve our health and the quality of care we receive when we go between providers and facilities. For example, when I am referred to a specialist or go to the Emergency Room, all can access the same data as my Primary Care Physician. There will be less chance for medical errors and easier reporting of accurate statistics.

Kimberlin Barnes
Informatics Specialist II
Bay Clinic, Inc.
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