In health care, "pay for performance" refers to the practice of payers and other health-field entities to encourage or require the performance or execution of certain prescribed tests or activities in the belief that they can attain better health care.
I am not a big fan of Walmart, which is actually rather surprising.
I went to college an hour north of Walmart headquarters, was in classes with some of the Walton clan, attended Economics 101 in a building named after a wealthy Walmart corporate alumnus, and even took Sam Walton's granddaughter to a fraternity dance.
The question of the moment is how to proceed on the path to Hawaiian sovereignty. The answer lies in what made Hawaiians a great people. The answer lies in what makes Hawaii a place of beauty, power and grace.
Were the U.S. to create today, under its own domestic laws rather than through international law, a "government to government" relationship with Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), it would be violating, once again, the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom, which has never been legally obliterated.
I would like us to reflect upon the above theme for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) in 2012, which was provided to us as a challenge by the renowned kumu hula and Hawaiian scholar Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele.
July 20 annually marks one of those celebrated milestones in human history that none of us born of the 20th century can ever forget: that captivating moment when humankind first set foot on another celestial body, to begin what arguably is the greatest adventure our species will ever undertake.
RIMPAC 2014 is in full swing as 22 nations and over 25,000 participants engage in maritime security activities throughout our state. It is good that so many nations are involved in a cooperative effort to promote international safety and security in our region.
Rim of the Pacific 2014 is underway. Military and corporate representatives from around the world will be renewing old friendships and striking up new contacts in the tropical splendor of Hawaii. However, some of the superlatives issued by the Navy extolling RIMPAC 2014 deserve scrutiny.
With one of the highest rates of homeless people in the nation, it is easy for Hawaii's policymakers and residents to forget these people are not a faceless group of strangers, but individuals and families who have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances.
Centuries ago, Thomas Hobbes described his Leviathan's approach to leadership: "Might makes right." Nicolo Machiavelli's Prince similarly espoused: "The end justifies the means." These political philosophers continue to be relevant today. Witness the continuing conflagration in Iraq, this time between Shiites and Sunnis.
With the 2014 election year heating up, we can expect to see and hear more campaigning, advertising and debate in the coming months. Political issues and candidates can, and do, create passionate and intense debate in our community as part of the democratic process.
In the wake of the collapse of the city's sale of its housing inventory earlier this year, the Honolulu City Council was able to closely look at and review the details and condition of these properties.
Back in summer 2013, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) proactively informed the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that, because of unexpected staffing turnover and funding issues, the department could not meet the federal inspection requirements for nursing homes here.
The leasehold sale of Honolulu's affordable rental projects has come down to a struggle between those who want to not only save those residents in the 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) and below from displacement into homelessness but also to preserve the units they occupy in perpetuity for that income category, and those who believe that preserving all those units will turn Chinatown into an economic ghetto.
After World War II, you could buy a house in Palolo for $5,000, and in the 1970s, in Manoa for $30,000. Today the average price of a house is over half a million and condos are selling in Kakaako for millions.
On June 6, after closing arguments concluded in the penalty phase of the federal murder trial of Naeem Williams in Honolulu, Steven Mellin, the lead prosecutor in this case, told me he had "just wasted six months of my life" in trial and trial preparations.
Imagine a criminal justice system that helps people heal after being harmed.
Imagine a system that addresses victims' needs, including restitution when they want it, and a system that also helps offenders develop empathy for others and be law-abiding.
As families throughout our communities celebrate graduations ranging from preschool to high school and turn their thoughts toward summer activities, preparing thousands of school-age keiki with, or at risk for, disabilities for school must remain a priority for parents.
Improving the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is by no means a walk in the park.
Since it was rolled out statewide this past school year, a joint committee of teachers and administrators from the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and the state Department of Education (DOE) have worked to gather stakeholder feedback and discuss collaborative ways to improve the system.
This past month, the state departments of Health and Agriculture released a study on pesticides in streams across the state, garnering attention from both sides of the debate surrounding pesticide disclosure by agrochemical companies in the state.
The constitutional amendment ballot measure this November to allow public funds to support private early childhood education programs will not only affect where families can access services for their children.
The last two years have been uneasy for residents in the city's affordable housing units.
OH-NO (Ohana Housing Network Oahu), a nonprofit organization representing tenants within the buildings, expresses concern over key issues being discussed at upcoming City Council hearings concerning the sale of the complexes and its immediate impacts.
This session, Hawaii lawmakers unanimously passed two bills that will, if signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, allow survivors of sexual assault more time to come forward and pursue legal action to hold abusers accountable.
For Native Hawaiians, unity is our most precious possession.
Recent public discussion on the issue of nation building has missed the bigger picture of how creating "one voice" for Native Hawaiians will affect Hawaii politics.
It seems fitting that I sit here in Kansas City, Mo., writing about that June 6 day 70 years ago, when 160,000 Allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches to help break the Nazi stronghold over Europe that had existed under Adolph Hitler's personal direction.
A recently introduced measure at the Honolulu City Council would ban non-compostable food containers. The goal of this bill is to protect the environment; however, banning food containers that are federal Food and Drug Administration-approved as safe since 1958, retain temperatures and liquids effectively, and cost less than compostable products does not protect the public or environment.
In recent months we have seen stories that have touted the success of the changes being made to our school system reflected in the positive reaction of the U.S. Department of Education, as well as improved learning outcomes for our students as measured by state DOE testing.
With a new incoming president, a few new regents and a new board chairperson, there is a tremendous opportunity for the University of Hawaii Board of Regents to take the next step to elevate UH to become the best institution of higher learning in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as another economic generator for the state.
Hawaii's selection as the host for the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress — the world's largest conservation event — marks a beginning, an end, and a continuum.
The Star-Advertiser recently alerted the public to discontent among public school principals, via coverage of a critical survey that found 88 percent of 160 principals saying central administration is not providing sufficient support to the schools, and 65 percent fearing retaliation for disagreeing with or questioning systemwide initiatives ("Principals feel they're hamstrung, survey finds," May 15).
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has laid out what it sees as the tasks ahead for the next University of Hawaii president: Increase community support, tackle the maintenance backlog and strengthen education and research to further economic development.
The 50th State Fair continues at Aloha Stadium for the next seven weekends, and its promoters would like us to believe that the three grizzly bears and four sea lions imported from the mainland are entertainment for us all.
The recent coverage on changes in our public schools has motivated me to reflect on my last five years as a teacher. I am proud to be a public school teacher in Hawaii and feel very lucky to have been hired as a resource special education teacher at Wheeler Middle School five years ago.
HMSA reveals its wish to shut down the Hawaii Health Connector's Small Business Health Options Plan, known as SHOP. With the drama and confusion stirred up by our "big fish," my experience as a "small fish" should be shared.
While many employers understand the positive impact of providing health coverage to employees, they also understand that paying for ever-increasing health care costs is one of the most difficult challenges facing all business owners. It's hard to make ends meet when annual rate increases far outpace the overall inflation rate year after year.
For many years on Memorial Day, I have gone to different ceremonies to remember and honor those who have come before us as mentors, leaders, patriots and ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.
Despite slower growth during the second half of the year, Hawaii reached record numbers in visitor spending and arrivals in 2013. While the outlook for summer remains strong, we expect to see a slower fall season, especially from our core U.S. market.
Waikiki is Hawaii’s most popular global visitor destination, long enjoying remarkable success sharing our rich host culture, world-class shopping and stunning natural beauty with the world. Tourism has long been the mainstay of Hawaii’s economy. However, as federal government spending has declined in Hawaii, the role of tourism in our state’s economic health has become increasingly important.
When I first came to Hawaii as a student more than half a century ago, I was struck by the pervasive vitality of two fundamental elements of life in our islands: the spirit of aloha and the code of honor associated with the concepts of giri, gaman and ganbaru.
Tune out the political noise about so-called improvements to Hawaii public schools and the truth can be heard that the reform touted here is actually roundly despised by those directly affected at the bottom.
Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) so there is real and fair competition reflecting 21st century commerce. America was built on promoting economic growth and business in a fashion that ensures fair competition for all.
Prior to retiring from the Honolulu Police Department at the end of 2012, I had the privilege of making a presentation at the "Waikiki 20/20 Conference -- Looking Back at Looking Forward," which took place at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oct. 16, 2012.
Over the past few days, we've engaged in a vigorous discussion about the future of the Hawaii Health Connector, our state's online exchange that offers individuals and businesses health plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
By Rosalyn Baker, Della Au Belatti and Angus McKelvey
As members of the Legislature who worked throughout the session with all stakeholders on reshaping the Hawaii Health Connector, we are troubled by president and chief executive officer of the Hawaii Medical Service Association Michael Gold's recent call to dismantle the health insurance exchange.
Our freshwater streams and ocean have long been at the center of Hawaii's culture and ecosystem. Today, the impacts of climate change and changing land uses are threatening the balance of our environment, reducing our rainfall, eroding our beaches and harming our ocean resources.
Compared to the rest of the United States, Hawaii's agricultural profile has an unusually high percentage of small farms. Nearly two out of three farms are less than 50 acres, and 90 percent have annual sales under $50,000.
With the knowledge of how global influences jeopardize our food supply and security, energy independence and tourism-dominant economy, why would we not embrace and support the efforts of those who are diligently working to strengthen Hawaii's resiliency?
As a minister, I am deeply troubled by the recent negative attention on sexuality education here in Hawaii. The idea that we need to withhold valuable and essential health information from our keiki is counterproductive to these youth acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves throughout their life journey.
The impending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) hit Hawaii a few weeks ago.
On April 11, Comcast asked the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to approve Comcast's acquisition of Oceanic's lucrative Hawaii cable franchises.
Hawaii's public-school students will be starting another new year in August. But if existing plans stay in place, 5,100 of the youngest will be excluded from classrooms, creating unnecessary chaos and frustration for parents.
As the legislative session prepares to enter its final decision-making phase, particularly looking at where investments can be made to secure future economic development and diversification, our legislators would do well to consider the state Department of Business, Economic and Tourism (DBEDT)'s initiative to ramp up foreign student recruitment at Hawaii's educational institutions.
In the mid-1960s, Hawaii's economy was largely dependent on the tourist industry, sugar and pineapple, and the military. Like then, today our economy could always use some improvement. But we should ask, "At what cost?"
Today, April 16, is National Bookmobile Day, a perfect time to be more aware of our community's critical need for literacy services, especially among the underserved youth along the Waianae Coast, who are visited year-round by Hawaii Literacy's Bookmobile.
In January, the GED (General Education Development) a 71-year-old test many equate to a high school diploma was overhauled to align with rising high school standards and college and career readiness expectations.
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Enforcement Lax On Improper Signs
I spotted a huge side-of-building political ad against fluoridated water on Kapahulu Avenue. It does not qualify as a site-of-business ad under our law since it’s not advertising surfboards — the interior business. It’s advertising unfluoridated water. Read More »