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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Eliminating Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness -- HRS Evaluated Law by Law
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 432 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...In 2019, Hawaii's legislature expressly re-incorporated failure to obtain needed treatment for mental illness to prevent serious physical debilitation or disease into its definition of 'dangerous to self.' ....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Ige, Ballard, Legislators Agree: Mentally Ill Must be Forcibly Committed to Treatment Centers
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 AM :: 920 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...will the Diamond Head attack be enough to turn the tide on mental health reform?....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
​Doctors Agonistes: Paradise Lost
By Dr Ed Gutteling, MD @ 5:17 PM :: 539 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Taxes

...Docs are channeling their inner Rambo: “I love my country! I just want it to love us back.”....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Making Prescriptions More Available
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:53 AM :: 276 Views :: Health Care
...Federal laws are standing in the way of the distribution of prescription medicine to individuals in need, says Dr. Jeffrey Singer, surgeon and medical public policy expert....
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Friday, January 17, 2020
Hawaii Cost of Smoking $2.2M per Smoker
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 376 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Smoking doesn’t just ruin your health. It can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet....

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Thursday, January 16, 2020
Homeless deaths increase on O‘ahu Because They are not Being Forced into Shelters
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 451 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Homelessness

...The average age of death amongst this vulnerable population here on O‘ahu was 54.4 years old....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
DoH Orders Shutdown of Unlicensed Drug Treatment Centers
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 564 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Drugs

...Pacific Quest Corp operating two illegal special treatment facilities or therapeutic living programs....

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Thursday, January 02, 2020
Hawaii Least Depressed State
By News Release @ 11:12 AM :: 477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...but depression rate jumps 17.76% from 2014-2018....

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Wednesday, January 01, 2020
​UH report shows more than 150 doctors left Hawaii in 2019
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 856 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...The exodus of doctors from practice in Hawai’i this year was much worse than was indicated in preliminary figures released just a few months ago....

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Monday, December 30, 2019
Will Red Flag Laws Stop Gun Owners Seeking Medical Care?
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 734 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...a poll asking gun owners if they would talk to their doctors about any mental health issues they may be having, knowing that their doctor could file a red flag order against them....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Auditor: Insurers Already Cover Rape Victim Support
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:00 AM :: 449 Views :: Health Care

...Study of Proposed Mandatory Health Insurance for Clinical Victim Support Services for Victims of Sexual Violence and Abuse....

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Thursday, December 26, 2019
56% of Hawaii Smokers Tried to Quit Last Year
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 669 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Lung Assn: Ready to Quit Smoking? ‘Quit, Don’t Switch’ to E-Cigarettes....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
DoH raids Two Unlicensed Care Homes
By News Release @ 10:11 AM :: 846 Views :: Health Care

“...This is (only) the third NOVO that we have issued against illegal care homes this year in response to complaints we have received....”

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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Anti-Vaxxers Target Samoa with Disinformation Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 AM :: 981 Views :: Ethics, World News, Health Care

"...Unfortunately, these anti-vaxx people all live overseas, but they’re using social media to influence our population and our community. What can the government do? We’re not wasting time with those people....”

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Thursday, December 05, 2019
Hawaii Ranks Among Least Protection Against Elder Abuse
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 817 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Life

...2019’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections....

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Thursday, December 05, 2019
America's Health Rankings: Hawaii 3rd-Healthiest State
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 761 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...America's Health Ranking's 2019 Hawaii Report....

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Cost of Care Survey 2019: Most Long Term Care Costs In Hawaii Decrease
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1000 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...Annual Median Cost of Long Term Care Support Services for Hawaii....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
DoH: Marijuana Behind Most Vaping Illness
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1033 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...FDA and state health laboratories have detected vitamin E acetate (a synthetic form of vitamin E) in a sample of vaping fluids also containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active compound in marijuana....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Feds: Guam #1 for Medicare Ambulance Fraud
By News Release @ 12:40 AM :: 1086 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Guam Ambulance Company Executives Plead Guilty to Medicare and TRICARE Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme....

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
​Fewer years of healthy life for Native Hawaiians, UH study finds
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 1137 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, OHA

...Native Hawaiians in Hawaiʻi have a shorter life expectancy compared with other racial/ethnic populations in the state....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Lawsuit: How HMSA Ran Down Clock on Expensive Cancer Patient
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 2607 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...Unanimous Hawaii Supreme Court Victory Against HMSA for Cancer Patient and Widow....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Birth Control: 9th Circuit Refuses to Recognize Religious Objectors
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 AM :: 1610 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life, Religion

...the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld an injunction barring enforcement of rules that let employers opt out of covering birth control on religious and moral grounds....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
HSTA wins award for tobacco control efforts
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 945 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

...teachers union says state should ban flavored vape products....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
National Council on Disability Rips Hawaii Assisted Suicide Law
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 2281 Views :: Health Care, Life

...Hawaii and California 'confidentiality' provisions 'extremely dangerous'....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
Hawaii Vape Retailers Oppose Proposed E-Cigarette, Store-Bought, Nicotine Flavor Ban
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 2232 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Currently, the minimum age to purchase nicotine vapor products in Hawaii is 21....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Critical flaws plague new study linking ‘heavy’ pesticide exposure to cardiovascular disease
By Selected News Articles @ 2:57 PM :: 1345 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...there is no paper that is so dreadful that it cannot be published somewhere....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Hawaii: State of Childhood Obesity
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 1274 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... age 10-17--obesity rate 11.5%....

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Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hawaii 3rd-Lowest Uninsured
By Selected News Articles @ 6:15 PM :: 1003 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Cities and States with the Highest and Lowest Uninsured Rates....

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Monday, October 07, 2019
DoH public health advisory urging everyone to stop vaping
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 1095 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...If you are an adult using vaping devices to kick a cigarette habit, do not return to smoking cigarettes....

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Vaccinations? Hawaii Ranks 34th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:36 PM :: 929 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...vaccines prevented 732,000 deaths in the U.S. between 1994 and 2013....

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Monday, September 09, 2019
Hawaii Among States with Lowest Death Rate
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 963 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The average age-adjusted death rate for the five states with the highest death rates was 49% higher than that for the five states with the lowest death rates ….

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Friday, September 06, 2019
The cure for Hawaii’s doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:13 PM :: 1852 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...doctors can make 50 percent more if they work on the mainland instead of in Hawaii....

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Friday, August 30, 2019
Survey: Over 2,200 Healthcare Jobs Open in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 1664 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education

...more than 2,200 healthcare jobs open across the state, with an average vacancy rate of 10% and most jobs taking six to 12 months to fill....

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
DoH: New school immunization requirements
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1366 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Higher Education

...additional immunizations will be required for students entering preschool, kindergarten through grade 12, and colleges/universities in Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
For Hawaii, Cost of Dying is Like Cost of Living
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 1990 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Death in Hawaii is by far the priciest among all the states....

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019
840 Maui Hospital Workers Liberated from HGEA—UPW Next?
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 2400 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...By joining more than 32,000 sisters and brothers at UNAC/UHCP, the Maui Health System members gain significant strength in dealing with Kaiser Permanente....

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Monday, August 05, 2019
Hawaii Doctors Least Likely to Accept Medicare
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 1478 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii ranks 36th for health care access....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Mental healthcare in Hawaii: Young minds at risk
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1689 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...The state of mental healthcare for Hawai‘i’s medicaid-eligible youth....

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Sunday, July 07, 2019
HSTA applauds governor's intent to veto bill on e-cigarettes in schools
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2167 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...SB 1405 calls for confiscation, increased fines for youth....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019
DoH: Six Months of Suicide in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 1507 Views :: Health Care, Life

...Hawaii Department of Health releases six-month progress report on Our Care, Our Choice Act....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Hawaii #2 for Suicide: Drug, Alcohol Deaths up
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 2032 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Suicide deaths rose to the second-highest rate in the country at 15.2 per 100,000 in 2017, the latest data available, from 8.2 per 100,000 in 2005, while alcohol deaths climbed to 5.8 from 3.5 and drug poisonings increased to 13.8 from 9.4....

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Feds Identify Hawaii's Six Worst Nursing Homes
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 2455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... identified as having a “persistent record of poor care” ....

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Hawaii joins states suing OxyContin maker
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1532 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...In Hawaii, opioid deaths, hospitalizations, and treatment services have risen significantly over the last several years....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
First Dialysis Center Coming to Micronesia?
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1560 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...Request for Proposals: Pohnpei State Hemodialysis Project....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
VA Pacific Islands launching new community care options
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 2040 Views :: Health Care, Military

...this would apply to Veterans living in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands....

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
Patient Dumping Alleged at Adult Care Home
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 1632 Views :: Health Care

...Medicaid care homes are allowed no more than two patients, however, if in the discretion of the health department such a Medicaid care home is allowed a third patient, such a patient MUST be a Medicaid patient....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Mandatory Abortion and Sex Change: Hawaii AG Sues Trump
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 2299 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...a Final Rule issued by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, which seeks to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of businesses’ or employees’ “religious beliefs or moral convictions....”

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Hawaii: How Safe is Your Hospital?
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 2505 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Trump Administration Copies Hawaii Pay-for-Outcomes Medical System
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 1474 Views :: Health Care

...incentivize providers to reduce hospital utilization and total cost of care by potentially significantly rewarding them through performance-based payment adjustments based on their performance....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
America's Senior Health Rankings: Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1517 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Low prevalence of obesity....

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