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Monday, February 25, 2013
Exchanges and The Future of Free Market Health Care
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 3597 Views :: Health Care

There is a way to use health insurance exchanges to both reform our health care entitlements and reduce premiums for those with private insurance. This transition could take four steps....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
NYT: Digital Shift Swells Profits for Electronic Medical Record Industry
By NCPA @ 1:33 PM :: 3505 Views :: Health Care

...the largest digital records companies like Allscripts, Cerner and Epic Systems have generated enormous profits and Wall Street-style executive pay because of the legislation they supported financially....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Obama Gives Abercrombie $937K to Devise System to Force Doctors into 'Medical Homes'
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 5928 Views :: Health Care

...examining standardized definitions and payment approaches for patient-centered medical homes and care management services....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Could Soda Tax Shutter Hawaii's Only Can Maker?
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 7444 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

The Ball Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal cans in the islands. The company employs 45 people and the beverage tax places their jobs directly at risk.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Federal Government Releases List of Health Benefits Insurers Must Offer
By NCPA @ 12:57 PM :: 3527 Views :: Health Care

The Obama administration issued its long-awaited final rule on essential health benefits that insurers must offer consumers in the individual and small-group market beginning in 2014....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hospitals Chase Medicare Performance-Based Bonuses
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 4460 Views :: Health Care

$964 million in fiscal year 2013 will be withheld from more than 3,000 hospitals....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Health Insurance Exchanges Create State Problems
By NCPA @ 2:41 PM :: 4430 Views :: Health Care

The exchanges create the appearance of private-sector delivery but instead create politically favored monopolies....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Consumer Freedom: Taxes Shouldn't be a Tool for Social Engineering
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 5028 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“Taxes shouldn’t be a tool for social engineering or an instrument to penalize Hawaiians for doing nothing wrong....”

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Recall: Organic Spinach Sold in Hawaii Tainted with Hemorrhagic E Coli
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 8290 Views :: Health Care, Religion, GMOs

...market withdrawal of select Organic Baby Spinach products with the potential to be contaminated with Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC)....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Abercrombie Uses $275K in State Money to Push Soda Tax Hike
By Video @ 10:35 PM :: 5759 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

During a special premiere at the State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today launched a new teen-focused multi-media campaign to combat obesity....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
What’s Wrong with Pay for Performance?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 6554 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

Medicare will begin adjusting payments to physicians based on “the value of the care provided” in 2015....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Obamacare: Hospices Declare Bankruptcy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:44 PM :: 3757 Views :: Health Care

...hospice care was hit by a $17 billion payment cut from 2013 to 2022.  Now, contrary to all of the misleading claims, this effect is already beginning....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sin Taxes: A Questionable Source of Revenue
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 4132 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...lobbyists are relied upon heavily to vie for the interests of the higher-income consumers and producers, leaving the burden of the new tax to lower income consumers who cannot afford representation....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Defensive Medicine May Be Costlier Than It Seems
By NCPA @ 12:17 PM :: 3159 Views :: Health Care

...states that have enacted malpractice reforms experienced a mere 2 percent to 5 percent reduction in health care spending compared to states that have not....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Legislators Study Mandatory Long Term Care Insurance Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 PM :: 5121 Views :: Health Care

Any successful program "must be mandatory (no one can opt out), public (government-supported and managed) and limited (will not provide full coverage)," the ILWU said....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
SB639: Big Pharma Opposes Control of Meth Precursor
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 6987 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

State Senator Josh Green has introduced legislation, SB 639, to require a prescription for medications that contain the decongestant pseudoephedrine (PSE).

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
NRA: Deeply Flawed Hawaii Mental Health Bill to be Heard Friday
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 5763 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

Under this proposed legislation, Hawaiians would be subject to warrantless entry into their homes, warrantless seizure of their firearms and other weapons based solely on a mere “report” by a so-called “mental health professional.” 

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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Banner CMO to Meet HHSC MDs, Staff
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 5473 Views :: Health Care

Through information technology and system design, Banner is able to make a profit in a Medicare environment by DATA driven health care....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Some Families to Be Priced out of Health Overhaul
By NCPA @ 12:59 PM :: 4438 Views :: National News, Health Care

IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped, says the Associated Press....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
HHSC Exec: Hospitals "Being Pushed to Brink of Collapse"
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 6123 Views :: Health Care

"Hilo Medical Center, the other thirteen HHSC facilities, and hospitals nationwide are being pushed to the brink of collapse, given the new health reform law changes."

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
HFF: Mainland Money Behind Push for Gay Marriage
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:24 PM :: 9302 Views :: Family, Gambling, Health Care, Religion

...continued attempts to legalize same-sex marriage, gambling and physician-assisted suicide....

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
CDC: Hawaii 3rd Lowest Tobacco Use
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 6230 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

State ranks third lowest in the country for adult smoking and second lowest for youth tobacco use....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Health Insuance: Hawaii Has One of Lowest Rejection Rates in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 5531 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hundreds of thousands of consumers have their health insurance applications declined each year according to a 2010 congressional study....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Survey: 195 Patients in Hospitals Waiting for Long Term Care Beds
By Andrew Walden @ 4:57 PM :: 5677 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
  • Queens: 54 patients waiting
  • Maui Memorial: 41 patients waiting
  • Kuakini Hospital: 20 patients waiting
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
HI-5 Fraud Shows DoH Cannot be Trusted With Soda Tax
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 5278 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

As public audits recently revealed, it's difficult to trust the Department of Health to spend our tax dollars wisely....  

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gun Discussions Should Not Be Required for Physicians
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 4877 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...who is going to be held responsible if one of their patients decides to take out some poor store clerk? Is the shooter's doctor now a potential target for a lawsuit? Can the shooter claim at his trial that he was not properly counseled by his physician?

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 6866 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

In 2011, he had attempted to pass a soda tax under the Orwellian title “Sugary Beverage Healthy Hawaii Fee,” but the state legislature saw through the obfuscating rhetoric and defeated it.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Abercrombie to Push Penny an Ounce Soda Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 5897 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A 12 ounce soda would cost 12 cents more....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
A Health Scare for Small Businesses
By NCPA @ 2:20 PM :: 5542 Views :: National News, Health Care, Small Business

Many small-business owners haven't yet realized that the way they structure their firm in 2013 could determine their status under the law in a year's time....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Responding to Newtown
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 5445 Views :: National News, Health Care, Second Amendment

“Given the weak track record of federal mental health programs, states should exercise primary responsibility for determining appropriate mental health services, which will entail eliminating restrictions currently imposed by the federal government.”

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Study: Bag Ban Tied to 25% Increase in ER Admissions, Deaths
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 4446 Views :: Environment, Health Care

ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Obama Signs 23 Gun-Related Executive Orders
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 5294 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

"Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health." 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
HHSC Exec Discusses Banner Partnership with Hilo MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 10545 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

Approximately four years ago, the Hawaii State Legislature commissioned Stroudwater Associates to evaluate our Hawaii Health System Safety Net Hospitals....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Disease Management Programs Don't Work
By NCPA @ 6:30 PM :: 5653 Views :: National News, Health Care

According to the data, there were no decreases in emergency admissions or inpatient charges....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Feds Pay Maui County Office of Aging to Keep Medicare Patients Away from Hospital
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 7887 Views :: Maui County, National News, Health Care

...Maui County Office on Aging, will expand ongoing transitions efforts to reduce Medicare hospital readmissions....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:23 AM :: 5683 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
WaPo: Reform Medicare, Sustain It Long Term
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:46 PM :: 3817 Views :: National News, Health Care

The editorial board of The Washington Post is absolutely right: “Medicare as we know it is not sustainable,” and the “ultimate solution” is structural reform.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
How the Supreme Court Doomed the Affordable Care Act to Failure
By NCPA @ 7:46 PM :: 4819 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Supreme Court's surprise ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left many observers wondering about the implications of the ruling on the law itself....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Defying the Obama Administration on Religious Liberty
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:59 PM :: 4463 Views :: National News, Health Care

Hobby Lobby gained national attention when its leadership announced they would not bow to the Obama Administration’s violation of their religious liberty....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How Consumer-Directed Plans Affect the Cost and Use of Health Care
By NCPA @ 3:37 PM :: 3027 Views :: Health Care

If enrollment in consumer-directed plans increased to 50 percent, there would be an annual savings of $57 billion....

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Saturday, January 5, 2013
Obesity in America: Blame Trade Protectionism on Sugar
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 PM :: 7060 Views :: National News, Economy, Health Care

With a new study pointing the finger at high fructose corn syrup as a culprit in America’s explosive epidemic of obesity, it is important to remember just why we are consuming so much of this commodity as opposed to table sugar....

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Committee Hearings on Obamacare in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 5276 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare transformation in Hawaii....

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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Insurance Company Controlled Hawaii Health Connector Approved by Feds
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 3934 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i secures conditional approval from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to operate a state-based health insurance exchange....

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Thursday, January 3, 2013
Lawsuit: Mentally Disabled Girl Raped at Three DoE Schools
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 9230 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

The mother claims that her daughters teacher and state administrators not only failed to investigate the abuse that occurred on and off school grounds, but conspired to cover it up, and then suspended her.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Hospital Systems Branch Out as Insurers
By NCPA @ 2:38 PM :: 4290 Views :: National News, Health Care

A growing number of hospital systems are moving to start their own insurance plans, aiming to broaden their roles and prepare for the changes coming under the federal health care overhaul, says the Wall Street Journal....

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
OHA launches Anti-Obesity Marketing Campaign
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 5170 Views :: Health Care, OHA

OHA is partnering with The Queen’s Medical Center, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center, the Hawaii Department of Health, the Department of Native Hawaiian Health and Hawaii Medical Service Association....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
Last Day to Participate in Community Health Survey
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2856 Views :: Health Care

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) invites the public to participate in the Hawaii Community Feedback Survey.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Public Health Emergency Preparedness: Hawaii Scores Near Bottom
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 5543 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

10th annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, Hawaii scored 4 out of 10 ....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Medicaid Incentives for Patients, Not Hospitals
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 3140 Views :: Health Care

Experiment with cash or cash-like incentives to encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors in the form conditional cash transfers....

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Connecticut Shooting: Failure of Mental Health System
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 PM :: 12304 Views :: National News, Health Care, Homelessness, Second Amendment

“We have emptied the nation's hospitals, gutted state and local mental health programs, and turned involuntary treatment into a debate point instead of using it as a viable option to prevent tragedy...."

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