Hawaii - Pacific Chapter of ACHE

Summer 2016

Message from your ACHE Regent, Summer 2016

Jen Chahanovich, FACHE

The 2016 Congress in Chicago had many good sessions this year – the session that caught my attention was the CEO Circle session with Richard Pollack the President & CEO of the American Hospital Association. He spoke on leadership challenges that we will face over the next 10 years.
 

Aloha,

The 2016 Congress in Chicago had many good sessions this year – the session that caught my attention was the CEO Circle session with Richard Pollack the President & CEO of the American Hospital Association. He spoke on leadership challenges that we will face over the next 10 years. I will summarize the key points from his lecture:

  1. We need to get to zero for patient harm and improve quality performance.
  2. Government pressures will not go away for payment models – pay for value.
  3. Access to capital for financially challenged hospitals will be problematic.
  4. Chronic care and the financial burden – this could also be an opportunity if we can address a way to decrease the cost of chronic care and improve the quality of care.
  5. Hospitals will need to be the employer of choice – offering a safe environment.
  6. Public perception of hospital pricing – we need to be even more transparent to the public.
  7. Access to care for all areas but especially behavior health.
  8. Tax exempt status for nonprofit hospitals and Community Health Needs Assessment/Plan.
  9. Pharmaceutical industry needs to change – help to be a part of the solution on cost.
  10. Patient experience and retail health care for convenience will be even more important.

Mr. Pollack said that if the health care community can’t figure out how to improve access while delivering an exceptional patient experience – Google or Amazon will…  We cannot stand still - we want to be Amazon not Barnes & Noble.

So with that being said – a time for change is here. The simple definition of change is to become different – we all recognize change is not always simple. The way we deliver care today will not be how we deliver care in the future... and the ACHE can help by providing trends in health care, education, and networking. I encourage the chapter members to utilize the resources at the ACHE.


Lastly, at the annual Chapter breakfast in July, I will be presenting two Regent's Awards - one to a young careerist, and one to a senior-level executive. I hope to see you on July 27.


If you have questions – feel free to contact me anytime.


Jen H. Chahanovich, FACHE
 Wilcox Memorial Hospital
 President & CEO
 Office:  808-245-1122
 Cell:      808-524-6644
Jen.chahanovich@wilcoxhealth.org 

 

Message from the Chapter President, Summer 2016

Art Gladstone, FACHE

Our chapter was recently acknowledged by ACHE with the 2016 Chapter Distinction Award.  CONGRATULATIONS!  The purpose of ACHE’s Chapter Awards Program is to ensure the delivery of high-quality services to ACHE members at the local level.  

Welcome to our summer newsletter. As the summer months are upon us we see the sun rising earlier and setting later, yet I’m sure many of us still feel that there does not seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that we have on our healthcare plates. Our norm certainly has become constant change. 

Well the good news is we are all in this together and belonging to our great organization, ACHE, which brings strength to us collectively as a group.  Let me tell you, we rock as a group! Our chapter was recently acknowledged by ACHE with the 2016 Chapter Distinction Award. CONGRATULATIONS! The purpose of ACHE’s Chapter Awards Program is to ensure the delivery of high-quality services to ACHE members at the local level. ACHE designed this program to provide chapter performance incentives and acknowledge outstanding accomplishments based on objectively measured results. 
The program’s goals are as follows:

  • Create a system to objectively compare chapter performance and manage current and future success based on a common set of indicators. This management system identifies chapters that achieve superior results so best practices can be shared with other chapters.

  • Provide well-deserved recognition to top-performing chapters. All recognition is based on measurable outcomes of chapter performance. Chapters are recognized for annual performance and sustained performance over time. By providing this recognition, ACHE reinforces the added value of chapter membership to members. You can find more information about the awards program at the ACHE website.

In a nutshell….our Hawai‘i-Pacific Chapter is among the top performing chapters. Again, congratulations to you all.


I’d like to thank the board and committee members for all of the work and energy they have brought forward in creating, planning, and executing on many activities to keep our chapter active. Please be sure to read through the newsletter to see the highlights of the Spring Mixer Social that was held on May 10 at HASR Bistro and was very well attended by both current members and guests seeking information about our organization. There are also important education committee updates that you’ll want to read up on as well as lots of other important information.


So with that ….enjoy and I wish you all a safe and productive summer.

Original Articles by ACHE Members

Career Development: Whose responsibility is it?

Patricia A. Boeckmann, RN, MHA, FACHE
Luck may be present in the timing of an opportunity, but if you haven’t invested in your own development to allow you to be recognized as the “winner” of the promotion lottery, all the luck in the world will not be sufficient for you to be successful over the long term – longevity in leadership requires thoughtful career development.

Seneca, a first century Roman philosopher allegedly first opined about luck being where opportunity and preparation intersect. In more recent times, that opinion was validated by Oprah as she morphed the saying to be “luck is where opportunity meets preparation.” In healthcare, how often have we said, or heard said, “Wow! Isn’t he/she lucky! They were just named the new C.X.Nameyourletter!”?  In reality, career development has little to do with luck and more to do with preparation. Luck may be present in the timing of an opportunity, but if you haven’t invested in your own development to allow you to be recognized as the “winner” of the promotion lottery, all the luck in the world will not be sufficient for you to be successful over the long term – longevity in leadership requires thoughtful career development.

Wikipedia defines career development as “the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future.” Let’s take this definition apart:

  • Lifelong process implies that it involves a series of steps that go on as long as you do. That’s reassuring as I’ve been at this a while and don’t necessarily want it to end, yet. I do wish that I would have taken more time early on in my career, to really think about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be in my career by a particular time – so if a mentor suggests that you take some time to think about where you want your career to go – listen and do!  There’s a reason that a standard question in job interviews has been "where do you see yourself in x years?" It’s no longer acceptable to answer passively "I’ve been too busy to give that a lot of thought."  Potential employers (as well as your boss) expect you to have an answer.

  • “Managing” implies that career development is an active, personal responsibility, not a task assigned to your direct supervisor, HR, or anyone other than YOU! Employers are looking for goal-oriented, insightful leaders who are taking personal accountability for their growth – and not expecting that the organization will handle that for them.

  • “Learn” is a verb; therefore, it implies action – and it’s personal. Your boss or mentor may suggest what needs to be learned to accomplish a task, but no one else can learn something for you. So you need to become the master of the knowledge base necessary to get you to the next step in your career journey.  Find a mentor. Don’t wait for a corporate sponsored mentorship program to find you. Reach out to a leader in ACHE and ask for a time to meet and learn from them, what they believe it takes to be successful in health care.

  • “Work” is an important factor in career development as it’s a great place to learn, and it’s also a great place to showcase your abilities. In healthcare, many people advance through leadership by proving on a daily basis that they are “good” at what they do; or that they “show promise.” That you must master your assigned responsibilities and do a great job for your organization is a given. At the same time, your boss and others are likely looking for the next person who can take on more responsibility. Be eager and ready to do so. And be prepared by networking with others, reading professional literature, staying current with community events, and of course, being active in ACHE.

  • “Leisure.” Worth in healthcare leadership is no longer measured by how many hours you put in at work but on the outcomes you achieve. This is a great concept because it leaves time for leisure (aka fun).  Employers appreciate well-rounded and interesting leaders – not one dimensional people who can only talk about work. Develop a passion for things that bring joy to you personally and your career will advance as well.

  • “Transitions” implies moving from one thing to another, which is necessary to career development. It used to be that you were considered successful if you stayed at one job for 20 years or more. A review of healthcare literature would tell you that executive tenure is on average, 4.8 years; suggesting that we either will have VERY short careers or we will have many transitions throughout our careers. A synonym for transition is change – and in health care, we need to become very comfortable with change. A single leader cannot endlessly take on more responsibility or outcomes will suffer as perhaps will the leader’s health. Therefore, leaders must accept opportunities or roles, learn, master, hand-off, and then take on more or different opportunities.

  • Finally, career development is about moving toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future. Your preferred future may not include being a CEO and it may even involve you refusing some opportunities that are presented. Your career is largely in your own hands. You can reach out to others for guidance or support, but you can’t depend upon them to determine your future. Be prepared to identify where you want to go, when you want to be there, and what it will take to get there – and keep an open mind and sense of humor--because in the process, you may end up somewhere entirely different, but very fulfilling nonetheless. 

Recent Chapter Events

Social Mixer Event

Micah Ewing, MBA
In the heart of downtown on Pauahi Street, HASR Bistro was the setting for our most recent social mixer event. 58 members participated in a fun, relaxing evening of networking, heavy pupus, drinks, and some chapter information sharing.

In the heart of downtown on Pauahi Street, HASR Bistro was the setting for our most recent social mixer event. On May 10, 58 members participated in a fun, relaxing evening of networking, heavy pupus, drinks, and some chapter information sharing. In case you were curious, and as a bit of trivia, HASR is an acronym that stands for 'Highly Allocated Spoiled Rotten,' a name for the wine club started by owner Terry Kakazu and her friends. Certainly with today's frenetic pace of healthcare, we can all agree with "highly allocated." We did try to "spoil' our members with 5 door prizes and some nice heavy pupus.   

Nick Hughey and Gidget Ruscetta kicked off the evening with a short orientation of the reasons to be involved in our local chapter. We had an introduction from our Regent, Jen Chahanovich, also discussing chapter and Regent awards. Finally, we had some introductions by our Education, Diversity, Membership, Sponsorship, and Communications committee chairs, providing the reasons and opportunities to get involved at a board committee level.




(Left to Right):  Micah Ewing, Communications Chair, Nick Hughey, President-Elect, Charlotte Hildebrand, Diversity Chair, and Gidget Ruscetta, Immediate Past President


We certainly want to thank you for your participation in making this event a success and thank our President-Elect and Membership Chair, Nick Hughey for organizing the event. We hope to see you at our Annual Chapter Breakfast on July 27 at the Hawaii Prince. And as always, the invitation to get involved in our committees and events is always open--please take advantage of the opportunities our chapter has to offer. 

Micah,
Chair, Newsletter and Communications Committees

(To Infinity and) Going Beyond! The 2016 Annual HFMA Conference

Maria B. J. Chun, Ph.D., Immediate Past President, HFMA

It was that time of the year again, when all the stress of tax season is forgotten for two days at the Hawaii Chapter’s Annual Conference, which is held each April. Past-President Lehua Pate (2013-14) warmly greeted attendees on both days (April 21-22) of the conference. She and our fabulous conference committee  and volunteers (Brian Panik, David Chow, Dennis Do, Aileen Esmeralda, Terri Fujii, Nelson Harada, Keriann Kau, Wendy Manuel, Jessie McMorrow, Val Sonoda, Elise Ueoka, Karen Young, Keane Young) helped to ensure that everyone had a great experience.

Reflecting HFMA 2015-16 National Chair Melinda Hancock’s charge for those in healthcare finance to “Go Beyond,” this year’s conference was focused on how HFMA's three main target groups -- hospitals, physicians, and payers -- must continue to work more closely together to meet the challenges of providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare. Our keynote speaker, President and CEO of HFMA Joe Fifer, kicked off the conference by reinforcing Ms. Hancock’s call for healthcare finance leaders to “go beyond” old assumptions about traditional roles and responsibilities and to, most importantly, collaborate. Even though he flew in from Ft. Lauderdale where this year’s Leadership Training Conference was held, he showed no signs of exhaustion as he gave an inspirational presentation on how HFMA has and continues to be a key player not only in healthcare reform, but the healthcare industry in general. Mr. Fifer was also very accessible to the conference attendees who were eager to meet and speak with him.


Talks by Regional Executive Chuck Acquisto on managed care contracting and breakout sessions by Northern California Chapter President Matt Morgan on population health management and Medicare coding updates from Jean Matsushita of Noridian followed.  The first of three panels was led by Dr. Kenric Murayama (Chair of the UH Manoa Department of Surgery) who moderated a session on physician engagement. In collaboration with the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Captain Angel Vargas helped to secure the expertise of Dr. Gerard Livaudais who heads Hawaii Health Partners, Ms. Martha Smith, who is CEO of Kapiolani Medical Center, and Ms. Kathy Raethel, who is President and CEO of Castle Medical Center.  Captain Vargas also aided in obtaining educational credits for ACHE members, which encouraged them to attend. (A huge mahalo to Angel for all his efforts!) The afternoon educational sessions concluded with Ms. Marie Kumabe, who provided career and professional development tips for those new and seasoned in healthcare finance.


As with all our conferences, we held a reception on the first day. Thanks to the creativity of Aileen and Jessie, Social/Networking Co-Chairs, attendees were whisked back to the 70s, 80s, and 90s as they were treated to a DJ and a dance floor as well as a very talented vocalist and hula/Tahitian dancer. In honor of music legend Prince’s passing that morning, Little Red Corvette was the first song played. Before the audience “got down” on the dance floor, Mr. Fifer, who was accompanied by his wife Katie, presented chapter volunteer awards. Joseph Adriano, Treasurer, received the Follmer Bronze Award, and Maria Molina, former President-Elect, Aileen, and Jessie all received the Reeves Silver Award. The chapter was especially excited to honor Aileen and Jessie who put so much effort not only into that evening’s networking event, but everything they have ever organized for us. We were also thrilled to re-present Elise Ueoka with her 2014-15 Member of the Year Award, since she had not formally been given her award until now.  Elise’s tireless efforts at sponsorship are nothing short of amazing and have helped to subsidize many of our chapter’s events. Elise, along with Lehua, helped refresh our memories on how to do the Electric Slide! The evening closed with another Prince song – Let’s Go Crazy.


On the final day of the conference, the audience was treated to two lip synch challenge videos by Oregon Chapter President Jeff Johnson who shared his chapter’s Shut Up and Dance with Me homage and American Authors’ Best Day of My Life “performed” by HFMA National Board members. The Hawaii Chapter has been called out (Good luck, Val!) to submit a video.


The educational part of the conference continued with two panels and a number of breakout sessions. Dr. Danny Takanishi, Jr. moderated a panel on physician integration, which included hospitals (Dr. Anna Loengard from QMC and Dr. Livaudais) and payers (Dr. George McPheeters from UHA and Dr. Mark Mugiishi from HMSA). Ms. Beth Giesting (Office of the Governor) led a panel on population health in Hawaii, which featured Dr. Ginny Pressler (State Department of Health), Dr. Rachael Wong (State Department of Human Services), and Dr. Judy Mohr-Peterson (Med-QUEST Division).


On both days of the conference, attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch, which also included many giveaways from our chapter and conference sponsors. After informative breakout sessions from Ms. Linda Corley (clinical documentation for compliant reimbursement), Dr. Mical DeBrow (using clinical data for reimbursement), Mr. Greg West (revenue cycle priorities), and Dr. Tim Brady (healthcare fraud), Ms. Pam Chambers closed the conference with her inspirational and energetic talk on the importance of teamwork.


As the Conference Chair, I would like to thank all our attendees for joining us and hope everyone found it a worthwhile event. I would also like to thank our generous chapter and conference sponsors who have been so supportive of us. And, another expression of gratitude to our conference committee and volunteers, which at the last minute included my husband Todd Kuniyoshi and my friend Wally Izumigawa. Until next year, as Prince said – “Take me away!”

 

Calendars

Calendar of Events for Summer 2016

Tamara Pappas

The Summer 2016 Calendar of Events for ACHE, Hawaii Chapter.

July 2016 July              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  07/04/16 Independence Day Holiday
          1 2 07/08/16 AONE Call for Abstracts
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 http://www.aonehawaii.org/#!save-the-date/cgqm
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 07/14/16 ACHE Chapter Board Meeting   4:00PM - 5:00PM
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31                   07/27/16 Annual Breakfast 7:00AM - 8:30AM
Hawaii Prince Hotel
August 2016 August      
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  08/11/16 ACHE Chapter Board Meeting 4:00PM - 5:00PM
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      
                    
September 2016 September              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  09/08/16 ACHE Chapter Board Meeting 4:00PM - 5:00PM
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  
             
October 2016 October              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  10/13/16 ACHE Chapter Board Meeting 4:00PM - 5:00PM
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          
November 2016 November              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  11/09 - 11/10    Annual AONE Conference  7:30AM - 4:30PM
    1 2 3 4 5 Royal Hawaiian Hotel                    
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 http://www.aonehawaii.org/#!save-the-date/cgqm
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      
             

Education Calendar for Summer 2016

Tamara Pappas

Summer 2016 Education Calendar. Take advantage of numerous educational opportunities!

EVENTS THIS QUARTER:

Chapter education events, webinars, and cluster events! Use this calendar to plan out your educational and credentialing opportunities. Cluster events are highlighted in blue and chapter education events in red.  

Click on events for more details.

 

July 2016 July              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  07/04/16 Fourth of July Holiday
          1 2 07/20/16 Lean Thinking for a Successful Management System Webinar
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31                  
August 2016 August      
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  08/01 - 08/04 New York Cluster ACHE Education
  1 2 3 4 5 6 08/04/16 Competing On Price for Outpatient Services in the New Consumer-Driven Marketplace Online Webinar
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      
                    
September 2016 September              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  09/07 - 10/19 Exceptional Leadership Online Seminar
        1 2 3 09/12 - 09/15 New Orleans Cluster ACHE Education
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 09/14 - 10/26 Physician Alignment and Engagment:
Dos and Taboos
Online Seminar
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 09/19 - 09/22 Washington D.C. Cluster ACHE Education
25 26 27 28 29 30   09/21 - 11/02 A Review of Health Law Online Seminar
              09/28 - 11/09 A Digital Revolution: How IT Can
Improve Access, Quality, Safety and
Efficiency
Online Seminar
October 2016 October              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  09/07 - 10/19 Exceptional Leadership Online Seminar
            1 09/14 - 10/26 Physician Alignment and Engagment:
Dos and Taboos
Online Seminar
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 09/21 - 11/02 A Review of Health Law Online Seminar
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 09/28 - 11/09 A Digital Revolution: How IT Can
Improve Access, Quality, Safety and
Efficiency
Online Seminar
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          
10/05 - 11/16 Population Health: The Road
to Transformation
Online Seminar
10/12 - 11/23 Superior Productivity in Healthcare Organizations Online Seminar
10/19 - 11/30 Strategic Planning that Works: Integrating Strategy with Performance Online Seminar
10/24 - 10/27 San Diego Cluster  ACHE Education
November 2016 November              
Su  M  Tu  W  Th  F  Sa  09/21 - 11/02 A Review of Health Law Online Seminar
    1 2 3 4 5 09/28 - 11/09 A Digital Revolution: How IT Can
Improve Access, Quality, Safety and
Efficiency
Online Seminar
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26 10/05 - 11/16 Population Health: The Road
to Transformation
Online Seminar
27 28 29 30      
              10/12 - 11/23 Superior Productivity in Healthcare Organizations Online Seminar
10/19 - 11/30 Strategic Planning that Works: Integrating Strategy with Performance Online Seminar
11/07 - 11/10 Atlanta Cluster ACHE Education

News & Committee Updates

News from the Education Committee

Maj Angel Vargas, FACHE

Summer is here and there is a lot going on with ACHE-Hawai'i.

Aloha ACHE Hawai’i. My name is Angel Vargas and I am the Education Committee Chair for the Hawai'i Pacific Chapter of ACHE. Thank you for reading this quarter’s education update.

First and foremost, many thanks to those who attended our April 2016 education event in partnership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) Hawai’i Chapter. It was a great learning experience with excellent speakers and information. We appreciate your support in enhancing the conference with an ACHE presence. 

But we are not done there. On November 9-10, 2016, we have continuing education event being held in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). The theme for this event is: Leadership in Action, Partnering for Success. This year’s conference contains an impressive set of dynamic speakers from the nursing and administrator leadership fields. Be on the lookout for email and website updates that will be shared over the next few months.

Next, are you looking to becoming a Board Certified Fellow of ACHE? Good news…our chapter has committed to supporting you in reaching that goal. To that end, we have secured several ACHE Board of Governors Exam (BOG) Study Sets available for checkout at three different locations: two on Oahu and one on Kauai. To sign-out for usage, you simply have to be a current member of ACHE, an active member in our Hawai’i-Pacific Chapter, and be eligible (or near eligible) to test for the BOG Exam. If qualified, please send me an email and I will connect you to the appropriate POCs.

If you wish to purchase your own study set ($240), please visit: https://www.ache.org/publications/product.aspx?pc=2198S.

In addition to the study sets, if you are interested in organizing or being a part of a BOG exam study group here on island, please contact me as well.

Lastly, the Education Committee continues to seek out energetic, detail-oriented individuals to help create, coordinate and/or volunteer at events. If interested in joining our team, contact me any time. 

Thank you again. Look forward to seeing you at the July 27 Breakfast event and AONE Conference! 

Major Angel L. Vargas, MBA, MHA, FACHE
Email:
angelvargasjr1@gmail.com
Cell: (219) 808-7355


Membership: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows

Nick Hughey, RN, MBA

The Hawaii-Pacific Chapter continues a strong year with continued membership growth in the first half of the year. Our efforts in recruiting and providing educational programs toward credentialing are definitely making a difference. In the first six months the chapter recruited 16 new members, gained 5 new Fellows and 5 recertified Fellows. I am always available to present if you or your organization ever wants information on ACHE and benefits of membership. If individuals are interested, I can certainly make time to follow up and discuss and provide information as well. Thank you to everyone that attended and help coordinate the information session and social mixer. We had 58 people attend the combined event.

I look forward to see a lot of you at our upcoming breakfast event on July 27. I encourage all members to attend. This is a tremendous networking opportunity and great way to hear about all of the great work our chapter and members are doing throughout Hawaii and Guam.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW MEMBERS  and  NEW FELLOWS!

New Members

APRIL
    Regina Cummings, Honolulu
    Jerome Flores, Kahuku
    CAPT David Krulak, MD, Aiea

MAY
    Andrew T. Giles, Honolulu
    1LT Dontavius M. Logan, Mililani
    LCDR Tina Owen, Honolulu

JUNE
    Sally Belles, Kapolei
    Bruce D. Mitchell, Honolulu
    LTC Laura D. Nugent, Honolulu
    Lisa Ann S. Shiroma, Hilo
 
New Fellows

APRIL
    Kecia M. Kelly, DNP, RN, FACHE, Ewa Beach

JUNE
    LCDR Darren Kasai, FACHE, Kahului
    Nancy Wilson, RN, FACHE, Aiea
    MAJ John R. Wolf, FACHE, Kapolei
 

 

News from the Guam Program Council

Chuck Tanner, FACHE, President, GLPC ACHE
Hafa Adai from Guam! It seems Guam has transformed into Party Central lately as we finished hosting the Festival of the Pacific Islands and now we roll into Liberation Day activities. From May 22 to June 4 Guam seemed to stop in time to celebrate with 27 Pacific countries a major regional cultural event, and the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another.

Hafa Adai from Guam! It seems Guam has transformed into Party Central lately as we finished hosting the Festival of the Pacific Islands and now we roll into Liberation Day activities. From May 22nd to June 4 Guam seemed to stop in time to celebrate with 27 Pacific countries a major regional cultural event, and the largest gathering in which Pacific peoples unite to enhance their respect and appreciation of one another. To get a touch of what that event entailed, just Google FESTPAC Guam 2016 and look at the images that will pop up! At the end of those two weeks, we now pass the torch to Hawaii who will host Fest Pac 2020! Never a boring day here on our island!


Olympics of Art/Culture: The 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts, Guam: Over 2,500 Artists over 27 nations


We held our last meeting at the VIP restaurant and found a much improved buffet. Our guest speaker, Mr. Terry Cuabo, Executive Director for Guam Cancer Care, shared his thoughts on how to start and maintain a successful not-for-profit organization. Though attendance was a bit low this time around, our speaker was able to conduct a more personal discussion with the attendees.


At the end of June we will say farewell to one of our members and friends; Capt Jean Comlish, Commander US Naval Hospital Guam will hold a change of command on Jun 30 at 10am. We will miss her and wish her well on her future assignment. I believe she is headed to the Pentagon and so I advise her to take a bit of sand from a beach and bottle up some Guam sunshine to take with her!


As June rolled in and, with FESTPAC, Liberation Day, school letting out, and many taking vacation we are making adjustments to our plans. The reason for this adjustment is that we have an opportunity to meet with a great friend of the Island, Dr. Angela Techur-Pedro. It seems Dr. Pedro will be on island in July and we will try to book her for a discussion. Finding space on the calendar believe it or not is a very challenging task. I appreciate everyone’s feedback and try to shoot for times that can accommodate the majority of our members.


On the legislative side there are several healthcare related bills in the works. As mentioned in our last newsletter, Bill 277-33 called on the Guam Economic Development Authority to launch a Request for Information so prospective contractors could provide information on how to transition the operation of the hospital to a public-private partnership. This RFI will be ready to go out this week and we look forward to hearing the responses.  For more information on this and other bills check out the legislative website at
http://www.guamlegislature.com/index.htm .


In closing and keeping with our collaborative and educational mission we are happy to share items of interest in healthcare with our members. To affect this, we have an email group of Guam members and if members have an event they would like to share, you may send me the information and I will pass it on. This service is also available for our Hawaii friends too! Just send me an email and I will add you to the list. (For privacy, I send information BCC).


Until next time,
Si Yuus Maase


Chuck Tanner, FACHE
Chucktanner88@gmail.com
President, GLPC ACHE

Summer 2016 Financial Report

Selma Yamamoto

We are entering the Summer 2016 in strong financial standing. The Hawaii Pacific Chapter has a current balance of $49,979.53 and the Guam account has a balance of $374 as of 6/15/16. 

We are entering the Summer 2016 in strong financial standing. The Hawaii Pacific Chapter has a current balance of $49,979.53 and the Guam account has a balance of $374 as of 6/15/16.

ACHE National News - Summer 2016

Micah Ewing

ACHE National News for 2nd Quarter, 2016.

 

Official Notice for the 2016–2017 Council of Regents Elections

The 2016–2017 election process has begun to select new Regents who will serve on the American College of Healthcare Executives Council of Regents—the legislative body that represents ACHE’s members. Service is a unique opportunity to exercise your leadership ability, share innovative ideas and act on behalf of other ACHE members.

All Fellows who wish to run must submit either a letter of intent to ACHE via certified mail postmarked no later than Aug. 26, 2016, or an electronic letter of intent to elections@ache.og. When submitting the letter, please use this form and return it to the attention of Caitlin E. Stine, Regent Elections Coordinator, Division of Regional Services, American College of Healthcare Executives, 1 N. Franklin St., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3529. If you submit your letter electronically, and you haven’t received confirmation that it was acknowledged by Sept. 2, 2016, please contact Caitlin Stine at (312) 424-9324 or cstine@ache.org.

Members are assigned to a Regent jurisdiction based on their address. Fellows who are uncertain about their jurisdiction or would like additional information about Regent responsibilities should contact Caitlin Stine. Elections will be held in the following jurisdictions:

·        Arizona

·        California—Southern

·        Canada

·        Florida—Northern & Western

·        Illinois—Central & Southern

·        Illinois-Metropolitan Chicago

·        Maryland

·        Michigan & Northwest Ohio

·        Minnesota

·        Missouri

·        Montana

·        Navy

·        Nebraska & Western Iowa

·        Nevada

·        New Jersey—Northern

·        New York—Northern & Western

·        North Carolina

·        North Dakota

·        Ohio

·        Pennsylvania

·        Pennsylvania—Southeast & Southern New Jersey

·        South Carolina

·        Tennessee

·        Texas—Southeast

·        Vermont

·        Virginia—Central

·        Washington

·        Wyoming

New Regents each will serve a three-year term on the Council of Regents beginning at the close of the 2017 Council of Regents meeting during ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

 

Exam Online Community Offers a Complimentary Interactive Learning Platform
Members preparing for the Board of Governors Examination can access the Exam Online Community—a complimentary and supplementary resource to boost confidence and increase success. The online community is an interactive platform to learn and glean study tips from other Members taking the Exam. There also is the opportunity to discuss Exam topics with experts for a higher level of understanding and the option to participate in study groups. Interested Members can join the Exam Online Community at
bogcommunity.ache.org.

Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To increase the availability of ACHE educational programming for Members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Those in career transition also are encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

  • Congress on Healthcare Leadership
  • Cluster Seminars
  • Self-Study Programs
  • Online Education Programs
  • Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
  • ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due at least eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application for complete information. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision at least six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or tsomrak@ache.org. For more information, visit ache.org/Tuitionwaiver.

2016 Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership Education Programs

The 2016 innovation program, “Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Healthcare Innovation,” will be led by Jason A. Wolf, PhD, president, The Beryl Institute, Nashville, Tenn. Offered in conjunction with ACHE’s New York Cluster on Aug. 5, this half-day session will explore the critical ideas underlying patient experience success from a focus on leadership, culture and people, to the unique ways in which processes are being redesigned, technologies are being implemented and staff are being engaged. Full details are available here.

The 2016 ethics program, “Building a Sustainable, Culturally Competent and Equitable Healthcare Organization,” will be led by Aswita Tan-McGrory, deputy director, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. You also will hear from a panel of healthcare leaders who have faced ethical challenges and learned from the decisions they made within their organizations. This half-day program will be offered in conjunction with the Atlanta Cluster on Nov. 11. Full details will be available soon at ache.org/Innovation.

Both programs qualify for ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.

These programs are funded in part by ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. Your contribution matters. For more information on the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, and to donate today, visit ache.org/Innovation.

 

ACHE Member Communities Launched to Enhance Representation of Asian and LGBT Healthcare Leaders

In support of ACHE’s longstanding commitment to advance diversity and inclusion, two new member communities were recently launched to increase and enhance representation of Asian and LGBT healthcare leaders—the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum and the LGBT Healthcare Leaders Forum.


The mission of the AHLF is to increase the representation—through leadership and professional development—of Asian-Americans in healthcare executive management, policy and administration. The Forum addresses this mission through targeted benefits designed to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth to AHLF members in various healthcare settings and at all career stages. Benefits include an online newsletter and a special education session at the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership. More detail and online application are available at ache.org/AHLForum.

 

The mission of the LGBT Forum is to enhance representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender healthcare executives and to promote high-quality care for LGBT individuals and their families. Value-added benefits address the specific education, networking and career development needs of LGBT healthcare leaders and include a dedicated LinkedIn Group and online newsletter. More detail and online application are available at ache.org/LGBTForum.

 

The core requirement for both communities is current ACHE membership (Member, Fellow, Faculty and International Associate statuses only). The annual dues fee for each Forum is $100, in addition to regular ACHE dues.

 

Healthcare Consultants and Physician Executives Forum Education Programs

The Physician Executives Forum and Healthcare Consultants Forum provide added value to physician executive and healthcare consultant members via tailored resources to meet these groups’ unique professional development needs. A one-day education program is a cornerstone benefit of both Forums that offers an affordable learning and networking opportunity. Dates and location for these programs are as follows:

 

Healthcare Consultants Forum Education Program

Sept. 11, 2016

Westin O’Hare
Chicago, Ill.

More details available at ache.org/HCProgram

 

Physician Executives Forum Education Program

Oct. 8, 2016

Westin O’Hare
Chicago, Ill.

More details available at ache.org/PEProgram

 

Watch the ACHE 2016 Overview Video

A video shown during ACHE’s annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership provided an overview of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ mission, values, programs, products and services. If you missed Congress, or haven’t see the highlight video, you can watch it here.

In the News

Richard Giardina RN, MPH, CIC, FACHE

The Summer 2016 National News from ACHE.org. 

Draft Rule Would Require Hospitals to Spend $1 Billion Yearly on Infection, Antibiotic Programs

A recently proposed rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would require hospitals to undertake approximately $1 billion in new spending each year on infection control and antibiotic limitations through updates and revisions to the conditions of participation for 4,900 hospitals and 1,300 critical access hospitals in Medicare and Medicaid. Implementing the new requirements will cost hospitals between $800 million to $1.3 billion each year. The costliest provisions—ranging from $700 million to $1.2 billion for hospitals and $45 million for CAHs—would require hospitalwide surveillance, prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections and other infectious diseases as well as antibiotic stewardship programs for the appropriate use of antibiotics. However, CMS estimates the costs of establishing these programs will be offset by approximately $1 billion in annual savings, mostly brought about by the infection-control and antibiotic-use requirements. The estimated savings specifically included $520 million for the 2,940 hospitals that lack an antibiotic-use control program, according to CMS, while specific costs included an estimated $20 million for hospitals to appoint an infection control professional. The rule cites research to support its cost estimates and to justify the new requirements. Hospital groups have been generally supportive of the new requirements outlined in the proposed rule, for which CMS is accepting comments until Aug. 15.


Daly, R.
 "Infection-Control, Antibiotic-Restriction Proposals Could Cost Hospitals $1 Billion a Year"
Healthcare Business News, HFMA, June 14, 2016
 
 
Study: Physicians, Hospital Administrators Agree on Top Healthcare Delivery Priorities

Physicians and hospital administrators agree that effective patient communication and collaboration is a top priority, according to a 2016 Cejka Search Healthcare Perspectives study that includes responses from 1,621 practicing physicians and healthcare administrators. Of the healthcare administrators who participated in the survey, 98.25 indicated effective patient communication was the top healthcare delivery priority, and 98.79 percent of practicing physicians indicated it was their top healthcare delivery priority. Collaborating well with advanced practitioners and other providers ranked as the third top healthcare delivery priority for administrators (93.62 percent) and second for physicians (92.61 percent). The other top healthcare delivery priorities for administrators included: customer service orientation as second (94.11 percent), achieving quality outcome goals set by facility as fourth (91.49 percent) and viewed as partner in patient's wellness as fifth (87.32 percent). Physicians ranked viewed as partner in patient's wellness as their third top healthcare delivery priority (90.80 percent), willing to accept opinion from colleagues and other clinicians as fourth (89.30 percent) and customer service orientation as fifth (81.99 percent).


Rosin, T.
“Do Physicians, administrators have the same priorities? Study says yes"
Becker's Hospital Review, June 14, 2016
 
 
Expenses for People Who Die in Hospitals Far Greater Than for Those Who Die at Home: Study

Spending on people who die in a hospital is approximately seven times that spent on people who die at home, according to an analysis by Arcadia Healthcare Solutions. The study analyzed all the Medicaid claims data for a private Medicaid insurance company in one Western state, detailing how many billable medical procedures each patient received and where. It found that 40 percent of patients died in a hospital at an average cost of $32,379, as a result of being billed for more medical interventions in the last days of their lives, whereas people who died at home incurred expenses of about $4,760 in their last month of life. Nursing homes ranked as the second most expensive place to die, followed by inpatient hospice and emergency departments. Furthermore, one of the researchers said the cost of hospital deaths paid for by Medicare or private insurance is likely even higher. However, other studies have shown that when asked, patients indicate they would prefer to die at home than in a hospital, but those wishes often are not realized if a person has not left clear instructions for a doctor or family member.


Kodjak, A.
“Dying In a Hospital Means More Procedures, Tests and Costs”
H&HN, June 2, 2016
 
 
Hospitals Are Ramping Up Preparations for Mass Casualty Incidents

Treating victims of bombings and mass shootings is becoming increasingly commonplace in U.S. hospitals, say healthcare providers, and to better prepare for such events, some hospitals have increased their use of emergency drills. For example, the Emergency Nurses Association simulated a mass casualty terrorist attack during its annual meeting in October at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando—10 miles away from the site of the recent mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Orlando Regional Medical Center—the hospital that treated 44 victims of that shooting—conducts weekly trauma simulations and city-wide simulations, according to a hospital spokesperson. Additionally, some hospitals are hiring people to specifically handle emergency management. Treating victims of large-scale shootings requires an approach different from other accidents involving mass casualties, such as a plane crash, because as information becomes available, hospitals could become targets, too. Or, hospitals could be treating perpetrators without realizing it, and they may have to work closely with law enforcement officers, who can protect facilities. Generally, collaboration has grown between hospitals and law enforcement. However, healthcare providers are looking for better ways to treat victims of mass attacks, since little data exists on how to deal with these incidents.


Leonard, K.
 "Hospitals Increasingly Anticipate Mass Shootings”
U.S. News & World Report, June 13, 2016
 
 
Emerging Economies Lead the Way in Readiness to Adopt New Healthcare Technology

Not all countries are equally ready to adopt new healthcare technology, according to a new global survey of patients and doctors conducted by Royal Philips, a Dutch manufacturer of healthcare equipment. The study, which surveyed 25,355 patients and 2,659 healthcare professionals across 13 countries, scored each country on its readiness to adopt connected care technology, embrace data sharing and integrate different parts of the health system. The study found that emerging economies are ready to adopt new technology, led by the United Arab Emirates and China, with Australia in fourth place, the United States in sixth place and the United Kingdom in ninth place. However, the Philips Future Health Index found that Japan came in last, possibly due to strict regulation and a lack of centralized oversight of its healthcare system. Of the patients surveyed, 74 percent reported they had to repeat the same information to multipole healthcare professionals, while 60 percent had to repeat the same tests—outcomes that underscore the benefits of data sharing and joining together health systems.


Trenholm, R.
“Is Your Country Ready to Go High Tech in Health Care? Japan Isn't”
CNET, June 8, 2016

 

Career and Leadership

Career Corner

Richard Giardina, RN, MPH, CIC, FACHE
We are happy to provide a link to the new Career Edge link to the ACHE career development resources. We hope that you will find this helpful in the development of your career at any level. 

Career Development Resources

ACHE's Healthcare Executive Resource Center has compiled the following resources to assist you with your healthcare management career development:


Remember that ACHE provides 3 primary resources to assist with Career Development:

  1. Introducing CareerEDGE™  (available as a complimentary benefit to ACHE members). 'CareerEdge' is a resource available to assist in this planning process. Check it out!
  2. The ACHE Job Center is a database of employment opportunities and positions in healthcare.
  3. The Career Resource Center.

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