5 Things Hawaii: Capitol insiders, Payment transformation, Social determinants

Welcome to 2020!  In two weeks, we’ll be seeing a number of you at the 2020 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  We’re excited to re-connect with about 300 old friends and with new in Hawaii’s health care system.

This will be our fourth year hosting our annual conference, an event which supports the content and coverage we generate of Hawaii’s health care system. It also allows us to bring on unique national columnists, like Jim Capretta, who can offer a smart perspective.  So, thank you for letting us play this special role in your inbox…

And we’ll see you on January 14th!



With help from Emily Boerger

1. Strategies for a 21st century workforce

It’s increasingly clear that Hawaii’s provider shortages won’t be adequately addressed through traditional strategies. This is why we will explore the issue of workforce from two different perspectives, in two different panels, at the 2020 Hawaii State of Reform Conference.

The first panel, “Building a team-based workforce,” will feature Kathryn Matayoshi, Senior Vice President at HMSA, Lisa Radak, Dean of Health Academic Programs at Kapi’olani Community College, and Carl Hinson, Director of Workforce Development at Hawaii Pacific Health.

The second panel, “Addressing workforce and access to care,” will bring together Aimee Grace, MD, MPH, Director of Health Science Policy for the University of Hawai’i System, and Lisa Rantz, President of the Hawaii State Rural Health Association. Rounding out the panel will be Timothy Roe, MD, Board Chair of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.

2. Capitol insiders talk shop

One of the most popular sessions we host every year features political insiders who share their thoughts on health policy. This group of government relations professionals will share their perspectives and insights on the 2020 legislative session. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking.

This year, we’ve lined up Blake Oshiro, Executive Vice President at Capitol Consultants of Hawaii, Bob Toyofuku, President of Hawaii Advocates, and Cory Chun, Hawaii Pacific Government Relations Director at American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.


3. Strategies to support housing security

The challenges of homelessness and housing insecurity are not new, but the strategies to support Hawaii’s homeless ohana are rapidly evolving to meet rapidly evolving demands. Explore the policies, data, and trends on this topic with this panel of experts on January 14th.

Offering their expertise on our “Policies and strategies to support housing security” panel will be Gavin Thornton, Executive Director of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Scott Miscovich, MD, President & Founder of Premier Medical Group Hawaii, and Nani Medeiros, Executive Director at HomeAid Hawaii.

4. Earned experience from payment transformation

With payment transformation being driven across commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid lines of business, there is now a healthy set of experience and knowledge about how best to drive system change in Hawaii. This session will review the lessons learned from payment transformation, and offer recommendations for how to continue to scale the work across Hawaii health care.

Joining us for the conversation is Heather Miyasato, Director of Health Finance & Payment Transformation at HMSA, and Kathleen Libao-Laygo, RN, Senior Director of Quality & Regulatory Affairs at Healthcare Association of Hawaii. Scott Kronlund, MD, Chief Medical Director at East Hawaii IPA, will also offer his perspective.


5. Making social determinants mainstream

Social determinants are important to one’s health status, but it’s not entirely clear how to utilize that knowledge in a way that is sustainable to health care organizations and individuals. Our panelists will come to the issue from a variety of angles, offering their thoughts on where opportunities may lie to leverage this emerging understanding.

We’ll hear from Katherine Keir, Hawaii State Director, myConnections at UnitedHealthcare Community & State, Jen Awakuni, Senior Program Manager of Consumer Engagement at HMSA, and Lisa Kimura, Vice President of Community Impact at Aloha United Way.