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Ouch! Mounting Medicare Cuts Hurt

  • January 15, 2018

During the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015, Hawaii hospitals experienced a substantial reduction of nearly $18 million in direct Medicare reimbursements, with projected payment cuts of $838 million to follow in the next ten years. Hawaii hospitals face critical challenges to mitigate the effects of Medicare cuts while still improving both the quality of care and the patient experience. HHIC Insights Medicare report illustrates the impact of the numerous Medicare payment cuts to Hawaii’s hospitals and how it would be potentially exacerbated by additional cuts proposed by Congress.

A copy of the report is available at no cost.

 

Rising Health Insurance Premiums

  • January 15, 2018

The focus of this article is on Hawaii’s rising health insurance premiums. In Hawaii, employers largely foot the bill for premiums among those who have private coverage. While affordable quality healthcare is a goal for all people of Hawaii, at what point is the increasing financial burden placed on employers unsustainable?

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The Waitlist Problem in Hawaii

  • January 15, 2018

In Hawaii, between 6.9% and 7.8% of hospital admissions are “waitlisted” meaning they need treatment but do not have conditions severe enough to require inpatient admission. However, these patients stay in a hospital because there there are no viable alternatives either at home or another sub-acute facility. HHIC Insight’s waitlst report provides a clear description of the waitlist population in Hawaii and estimate the financial impact on Hawaii’s hospitals.

A copy of the report is available at no cost.

Focus: 30-day Readmissions

  • January 15, 2018

In 2013, potentially preventable readmissions contributed $239 million in total hospital charges in Hawaii. Efforts by both federal and private payers have targeted hospital readmissions as a key area to improve quality of care and achieve potential cost savings. HHIC Insight: Focus on 30-day Readmissions,examines the top 10 reasons for readmissions by key payers in Hawaii.

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Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act 40 Years Later

  • January 15, 2018

The Prepaid Health Care Act (PHCA) was groundbreaking legislation when it was passed in 1974 and, until the Affordable Care Act of 2010, was the only of its kind nationwide ever since. HHIC Insight examines the pioneering PHCA which has provided increased access to healthcare in Hawaii for 40 years.

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