‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii | News

KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Centene and Samsung Electronics America are working together to expand access to telehealth for individuals and families living in rural and underserved communities. ‘Ohana Health Plan, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying this initiative in Hawaii by supplying local healthcare providers with Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to distribute to patients who would not otherwise have access to healthcare services virtually.

As of mid-July, a CDC survey found that 44.4% of respondents reported delaying or not receiving care for various reasons, including concerns and challenges around COVID-19. Meanwhile, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, rural residents already exhibited higher mortality rates and higher incidences of preventable inpatient and emergency room admissions than their counterparts in urban areas.

In response, ‘Ohana Health Plan delivered 150 Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones, with 90 days of free wireless service, to the following federally qualified health

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‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii

‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020

Donations make virtual care more accessible in rural and underserved communities

KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Centene and Samsung Electronics America are working together to expand access to telehealth for individuals and families living in rural and underserved communities. ‘Ohana Health Plan, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying this initiative in Hawaii by supplying local healthcare providers with Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to distribute to patients who would not otherwise have access to healthcare services virtually.

‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of mid-July, a CDC survey found that 44.4% of respondents reported delaying or not receiving care

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Hawaii Department of Health rescinds citation given to operator of Hilo veterans home

The Hawaii Department of Health on Thursday cited the private operator of a state veterans nursing home for deficiencies leading to a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year in which 27 residents died.

The agency also ordered the administrator of the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo to implement a list of corrective actions, but then on Friday rescinded both the order and the citation that listed deficiencies in complying with statutory health care regulations mainly related to infection control.

Janice Okubo, DOH spokeswoman, said the rescission was made at the request of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “to ensure that (the documents) are fully supported in the event of an appeal.”

Avalon Health Care, the nursing home’s Utah-based operator, responded to the DOH on Thursday to say it is not admitting fault but that it has taken several immediate actions.

Those actions include re-educating the facility’s

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Kokua Line: Hawaii Department of Health lists more options for pre-travel COVID-19 tests ahead of Oct. 15 reopening

Question: Could you please provide details about the pre-travel testing now that the state has added more providers? All I could see on TV was the sign with the names. I need to know where to make an appointment.

Answer: As your question indicates, the state of Hawaii on Wednesday announced more “trusted testing partners” for its pre-travel COVID-19 testing program. Starting Thursday, passengers from the rest of the United States may avoid Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine if they enter the state with an approved, negative COVID-19 test. (Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has said he will opt out of this program, which means that passengers flying from the mainland to the Big Island would still have to quarantine, even if properly tested ahead of time.)

Here’s the latest information from Hawaii’s Department of Health, about trusted testing partners. Providers are in alphabetical order, along with links that

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More than 40,000 Hawaii residents have lost health insurance amid pandemic

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – More than 40,000 Hawaii residents have lost their private health insurance coverage amid the pandemic and been forced to go on a government plan.



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According to the state Department of Human Services, enrollment in the state Med-Quest or Medicaid program has jumped 13% to a record 376,000 residents ― from 333,000 in September 2019.

Nearly all of them come from households that have suffered job losses and have had their employer health insurance coverage cut off.

“The number of people who are going on Quest, that’s a clear indication of those who have fallen into a category of economic challenge or economic despair even,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

“I believe 3,000 additional children have been added to Medicaid and that’s often because of their entire family has gone on.”

The DHS said enrollment is up in all counties:

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Hawaii Department of Health Awards HMS a Contract to Conduct On-site Surveys of Medicare-eligible Health Care Facilities

FAIRMONT, W.Va., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Hawaii Department of Health has awarded Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) a multi-year contract to conduct federal initial certification and recertification surveys, follow-up revisit surveys, and complaint investigations at Medicare-eligible health care facilities as requested by the Office of Health Care Assurance in accordance with established federal regulations and standards. These facilities may include;

  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities,
  • Ambulatory surgical centers,
  • End-stage renal disease facilities
  • Hospices, and
  • Home health agencies.

Initial certification and recertification surveys include health care surveys, life safety code surveys, and emergency preparedness surveys as well.

“We are honored to be selected by the Hawaii Department of Health to assist them in ensuring the safety and quality of care provided to vulnerable populations throughout the state,” says Leah Heimbach, president and owner of HMS.

About Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC
HMS protects vulnerable populations and veterans. We blend

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Hawaii Department of Health to boost staffing statewide with CARES Act funds

The state Department of Health is spending $14 million in federal CARES Act money to boost staffing at Hawaii hospitals statewide over the next four months.

The money will go towards the temporary hiring of more than 200 mainland nurses and specialists, some of whom will be arriving this weekend, the DOH said.

Gov. Ige approved the money this week through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to increase health care capacity as the state reopens the kama’aina economy today and public schools and tourism in October.

The state contracted Cincinnati, Ohio-based staffing firm ProLink Healthcare to fill 85% of the specialized positions by medical-surgical nurses, critical care nurses and telemetry nurses for Kuakini Medical Center, Queen’s Medical Center, Adventist Health Castle, Hilo Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, Straub Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Pali Momi

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Does refusing a job due to health concerns disqualify you from unemployment benefits? – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

“She doesn’t feel comfortable either for me taking a job that I can risk the lives of her clients also,” she said. “Am I supposed to take a job that is high risk just because I cannot collect unemployment or I shouldn’t be collecting unemployment. I should take a chance on, on somebody else’s health. No, I can’t do that.”

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