Our last Hawaii newsletter of 2022 includes an overview of some of incoming Governor Josh Green’s health-related priorities, insight from a UH Manoa leader about new funding for supporting Native Hawaiians entering the healthcare workforce, and recommendations for how to improve Hawaii’s approach to stroke care. Our team is also hard at work putting the … Read more

Governor David Ige this week approved and signed into effect emergency rules authorizing out-of-state nurses to temporarily practice in Hawaiʻi upon meeting certain requirements without applying for and obtaining a license. Enacted through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the rules amend Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Chapter 16-89, to allow for nurses to practice temporarily … Read more

Workforce shortages exacerbated by the COVID pandemic are pushing Hawaii hospitals to call for emergency rules that would remove licensure barriers for providers coming in from the mainland. If put in place, the rules would last 120 days and allow nurses licensed in other states to come and work in Hawaii for up to 90 … Read more

Hawaii health care organizations are urging Gov. David Ige to reconsider his intent to veto a bill that would allow insurers to offer telephonic behavioral health services, or audio-only telehealth, as a covered benefit. Ige released his intent to veto list on June 27th, containing a total of 30 bills.     HB 1980, which … Read more

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) this month announced Colleen Leopoldino would join as the Manager of Workforce Development. In this role, Leopoldino will work with HAH’s Healthcare Workforce Initiative (HWI) as the liaison to high school programs and other workforce programs.  HWI produced its first report in 2019, which spurred actions to improve the … Read more

As Hawaii faces a possible COVID case surge after Labor Day weekend, representatives from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) met last week with the Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 to prepare hospitals and other health care facilities.      DOH Director Elizabeth Char, MD, and HAH President and … Read more