Like other states across the nation, Hawaii is experiencing a healthcare workforce shortage, yet it has unique challenges due to its geography. Healthcare leaders met at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference to discuss ways to enhance the workforce through training, telehealth, and licensure compacts.  Moani Wright-Van Alst, senior manager of telehealth … Read more

As challenges like substance use disorder and suicidal ideation persist, Hawaii continues attempts to reform its behavioral health system. Leaders in the field met at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference to discuss some solutions, like tackling long wait times to see providers and addressing provider burnout. Jennifer Siatafu, director of behavioral … Read more

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Med-QUEST Division (Hawaii’s Medicaid program) submitted an application to renew its 1115 Demonstration waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Jan. 17, and division leaders discussed the request at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference in January.  Hawaii has had a 1115 waiver since 1994, and renews it … Read more

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said increasing the healthcare workforce and improving healthcare infrastructures through investments are top healthcare reform priorities at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference in January. “We’ve always been known as the health state for many reasons,” Green said. “So many giants led Hawaii forward over the many years … Read more

The wildfires that ravaged Maui last fall marked the largest disaster in Hawaii’s history. Over the past few years the state has been working to bounce back from issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the wildfires have exacerbated the housing crisis, and residents’ mental health challenges. Leaders in Maui’s long-term recovery effort met at … Read more

As more states across the nation ramp up efforts to increase and provide access to behavioral health services for youth despite severe workforce shortages and limited funding, Hawaiian children’s behavioral health experts are looking towards recent Texas initiatives for guidance.  Panelists at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month discussed ways … Read more

Hawaii’s legislative session kicked off in January, and political insiders met at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference to highlight last year’s successes and goals for the new session, including strengthening the state’s healthcare workforce. Beth England, MD, chair of the Hawaii Medical Association Public Policy Committee, said the goal of the … Read more

Health industry leaders said health data collection and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) could improve health outcomes at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  Peter Lewis, vice president and chief information security officer at Hawaii Pacific Health, said AI technologies enable computers to receive information that can solve issues in a … Read more

Leaders met at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference to discuss challenges with access to rural healthcare in the state. Much of the conversation related to increasing the healthcare workforce through encouraging students to enter the field while providing supportive programs. Rosie Davis, executive director of the Maui County Area Health Education … Read more

Experts discussed ways to increase affordable housing in Hawaii at the 2024 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference. They discussed challenges related to the permitting process, as well as legislation related to the cause. Josh Wisch is president and executive director of Hololuma Collective, which works to keep Hawaii’s working families in the state. … Read more