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Friday, September 02, 2016
Hospital delay heightens vulnerability to Hurricanes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:47 PM :: 3251 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

At the very moment when they should be preparing for a possible hurricane, Maui is looking at cutting back health services....

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Thursday, September 01, 2016
EpiPen: A Case Study of Government Harm
By NCPA @ 4:24 PM :: 2469 Views :: Health Care

...the government made a couple of interventions in the market that allowed the manufacturer to raise prices....

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Thursday, September 01, 2016
Thanks to Union Stalling Tactics, Maui Hospital to Cut Beds, Services
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 4271 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The impact of the bed closures will mean a decreased capacity with critical services such as Stroke, Heart, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and other critical care needs requiring transport to Oahu....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kaiser: Union Stalling Pushes Maui Hospital Transfer Date to July 1, 2017
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 4153 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

With a new date of July 1, 2017, we will all avoid the perpetual raising and dashing of expectations as interim closing dates are repeatedly set and cancelled....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Crave Oxycontin? Hawaii is the Place to Be
By Selected News Articles @ 9:52 PM :: 4360 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

Paper Scripts! Hawaii is the lowest ranked state for electronic prescription of controlled substances ....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ERS Saved: Judge Grants Restraining Order Against SB2077
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 4316 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

SB2077 could result in the ERS plan being disqualified by the Internal Revenue Service....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
‘All Natural Wild Harvest’ Scallops Behind Hepatitis Outbreak
By News Release @ 4:55 AM :: 3172 Views :: Health Care

...frozen bay scallops produced on November 23-24, 2015 in the Philippines....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Obesity? Hawaii 3rd-Slimmest State
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 2644 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Obesity among Hawaii high schoolers declines, bucking national trend....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Hepatitis? Zika? Anti-GMO Crowd Gets Squirrely
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:24 PM :: 3869 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

So what prompted them to address the issue nearly 2 months late? ....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hepatitis Traced to Genki Sushi, Frozen Scallops
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 2201 Views :: Health Care

Genki Sushi Restaurants on Oahu and Kauai will remain closed until the Department of Health can ensure their safe operation. All frozen scallop products from distributors Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods are being restricted and will be destroyed....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hawaii Obamacare waiver could serve as national blueprint
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 AM :: 2950 Views :: Health Care

...we are eliminating the Obamacare exchange; we are doing just fine with prepaid....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Maui: Zika May Have Spread to Local Mosquitoes
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 3440 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

"...we have been searching house to house the areas where the cases live and visited on Maui. We are looking for additional human cases and looking for mosquitoes and breeding sites....”

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Friday, August 12, 2016
Full Text: State, UPW Reach Maui Hospital Agreement
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 3902 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

The Maui Region hospitals will be transferred from Hawai‘i Health System Corporation management to Kaiser not earlier than November 6, 2016....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Hawaii: Fewest Malpractice Suits Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2598 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii has only 4.9 malpractice lawsuits per 100K residents per year....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Full Text: ERS Files Suit to Stop SB2077 ‘Catastrophe’
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4377 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... contributions would be included in the employees’ income and taxed as normal wages when contributed. Further, the employees would be subject to federal income taxes on the portion of their benefits funded by the employer at the time that the benefits vest ....

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Sunday, August 07, 2016
Aftermath of the Maui Hospital Benefits Veto Override
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4140 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...what happens if a benefit plan does get disqualified? According to the IRS’ website, there are potentially severe consequences to the employer, the employees, and the plan itself....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
US News Ranks Best Hospitals in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 2971 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Ratings for 28 Hospitals in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Will Olympic Visitors Bring Zika Back With Them?
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 1946 Views :: Health Care

...the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are set to begin at the end of this week in Rio de Janeiro....

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Hawaii Medicare: 50% of Payments to be on Incentive Plan
By News Release @ 5:28 AM :: 2241 Views :: Health Care

...pay providers for achieving results in lieu of a traditional fee-for-service model....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
SB2077: Randy Perreira Face-Saving Bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 2929 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...kabuki theater aimed at baffling and confusing union members to make it look like their union bosses are actually doing something for them when they’re not....

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Heart Association: Second Hand Marijuana Smoke Worse than Tobacco
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 3833 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

Rats’ blood vessels took at least three times longer to recover function after only a minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Lawsuit: Compel Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 PM :: 2594 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

You would think that posting care home inspections online would have been easy....

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Zika Funding
By Joni Kamiya @ 6:25 PM :: 3166 Views :: Health Care, Politicians

When politics start to affect public health and well being, there’s a major problem....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 2797 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

In essence, the legislature just handed the Hawaii taxpayers a bill, and even they don't know how high it's going to be....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 3083 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The bill jeopardizes the Employees Retirement System’s tax exempt status...."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 3780 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Zika Spreads—1300 Cases in Continental US and Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 2238 Views :: Health Care

The caregiver of an elderly Zika patient in Utah has been diagnosed with the virus, raising questions among health officials about how the virus was transmitted....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Direct Primary Care
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 2889 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii's First Direct Primary Care Practice Opens in Kailua-Kona ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:13 AM :: 2314 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Legislators will convene on Monday, July 18th for a special session to determine whether $25 million in severance pay will be paid to union employees transitioning to new employment in a private hospital system....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:04 PM :: 3395 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships...."

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Healthcare: Legislators Muddle Definition of ‘Direct Primary Care’
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 2074 Views :: Health Care

“There’s plenty of resistance from insurance companies at the state level against direct primary care."

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA: Ige Preparing Reduced Hospital Severance Package
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 3617 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...In a Special Session, Legislators may amend the bill and take a vote - bill passes with a simple majority....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
$42 Million Bid May Stall Hospital Transition and Jeopardize Union Jobs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 3086 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...The new hospital public-private partnership is estimated to save the state $260 million in costs over the next decade....these savings could disappear if the costs for the transition is too great....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Study: Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 2751 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the costs can add up to as much as $57,772 per year in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Single Payer Activists to Target Hawaii for Socialist Medicine?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 AM :: 2133 Views :: Health Care

...single-payer advocates are focusing on individual states....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:58 PM :: 3804 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii - Neil Mellen...

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Intent to Veto 9 Bills
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 2745 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On July 12, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 4392 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Child Well-Being: Hawaii Ranks 23rd
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 3823 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Court Lifts Stay—Allows Maui Hospital Privatization to Proceed
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 3422 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...negotiations continue and the order still prevents the parties from actually closing the transaction....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pay for Performance: AMA Softening Stand Against Assisted Suicide?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:09 PM :: 2677 Views :: Health Care, Life

...Meet the Insurance Executive Behind Assisted Suicide in Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Survey: More High-Risk Behavior from Hawaii Public High School Youth
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 3480 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is administered in odd-numbered years to Hawai‘i public school students in grades 6–12....

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Sunday, June 05, 2016
What Will We Do Next for Maui Hospital Workers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3289 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"All patients of all ages will be negatively impacted by service cuts, so please support privatization.”

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
It’s not just for the birds--GM mosquitoes could stave off Zika in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 2865 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Zika will not just disappear in Hawaii, it will take constant vigilance, and lots of pesticide spray, to keep it in check....

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Interior Dept. Worsening Bad Situation for COFA Migrants
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 3171 Views :: National News, Health Care

...OIA is now training migrants to maximize their dependency on taxpayer-funded services in Guam and Hawaii....

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Monday, May 30, 2016
Report: Hawaii 5th-Healthiest Seniors
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 4786 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Next-generation seniors set to be less healthy than current seniors, with 55 percent growth in diabetes, 25 percent increase in obesity....

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Regents to Vote on New UH Cancer Center Director
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 2596 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

“He can be instrumental in our efforts to keep the UH Cancer Center NCI-designated"

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Billions of Dollars Later, Veterans Health Administration Still Failing
By NCPA @ 2:05 PM :: 2929 Views :: Health Care, Military

The results are pretty bad, according to a report by Dr. Sanjay Gupta....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
$500M: Obama Raids Zika Budget to Finance UN Climate Change Fund
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:22 PM :: 2673 Views :: Health Care

...the Obama administration already has the authority to pay for a Zika response from existing agency budgets, but chose not to....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Full Text: Attorney General Asks 9th Circuit to Lift Stay on Maui Memorial Privatization
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 3116 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...Will HGEA/UPW $40M Shakedown stand up in court?....

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