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Expand interstate licensure compacts

Photo by Charley Myers The following was originally published as an “Island Voices” commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Nov. 28, 2023. ____________ Hawaii lawmakers took a major step this year toward fixing Hawaii’s doctor shortage by having the state join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Now they should

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‘CON’ laws hindering access to better Hawaii healthcare

Hawaii’s red tape affects virtually every facet of life in the islands, including the delivery of life-saving medical care. Speaking with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro on Sunday, Malia Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, provided an in-depth look at medical certificate-of-need laws and presented

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Zooming in on better healthcare

Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? I think so, and let me tell you why. Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is when patients consult with their doctors over the internet via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other video conference program without the

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Hawaii healthcare feeling ‘the wrath of CON’ laws

Probably one of the best critiques of medical certificate-of-need laws you will ever hear was presented last week on Keli‘i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Matthew Mitchell, a senior research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at West Virginia University, explained to Akina

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A simple way to improve Hawaii healthcare

Imagine that licensed medical professionals from various mainland states are lined up to work in Hawaii. Let’s say they all arrived by plane and are now in a locked room at the Honolulu airport, waiting for state officials to let them come in and start treating people. Under current law,

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Hamada hosts Helton for wide-ranging discussion

Converting offices to homes, coping with Maui’s at-capacity sewer systems and revising the rules for Residential A properties on Oahu.  Those were three of the housing-related topics that Jonathan Helton, policy researcher with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed last week on Rick Hamada’s radio show on KHVH NewsRadio 830. Helton

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Hawaii healthcare takes more hits

State lawmakers recently made some inroads into addressing Hawaii’s doctor shortage, but the state’s healthcare crisis, especially in our most rural communities, is far from over. In fact, among the heartbreaking losses earlier this month in fire-ravaged Lahaina were three healthcare clinics that served approximately 30,000 patients. That leaves few

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Experts outline how new compact will improve healthcare: Oahu

The decision this year by Hawaii legislators and the governor to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was not only “a practical win for people who are in pain and suffering and who need medical care, but …  also a philosophical win for those who want to celebrate the fact

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Experts outline how compact will improve Hawaii healthcare: Maui

The decision this year by Hawaii legislators and the governor to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was not only “a practical win for people who are in pain and suffering and who need medical care, but …  also a philosophical win for those who want to celebrate the fact

Read More →

Happy day for Hawaii healthcare

State lawmakers handed Hawaii residents a great victory this week in the effort to improve healthcare access in Hawaii. Gov. Josh Green signed a series of healthcare-related bills on Wednesday — and one of those was SB674, which allows Hawaii to enter the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Joining the compact will make it

Read More →

Expand interstate licensure compacts

Photo by Charley Myers The following was originally published as an “Island Voices” commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Nov. 28, 2023. ____________ Hawaii lawmakers took a major step this year toward fixing Hawaii’s doctor shortage by having the state join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Now they should

Read More →

‘CON’ laws hindering access to better Hawaii healthcare

Hawaii’s red tape affects virtually every facet of life in the islands, including the delivery of life-saving medical care. Speaking with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro on Sunday, Malia Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, provided an in-depth look at medical certificate-of-need laws and presented

Read More →

Zooming in on better healthcare

Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? I think so, and let me tell you why. Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is when patients consult with their doctors over the internet via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other video conference program without the

Read More →

Hawaii healthcare feeling ‘the wrath of CON’ laws

Probably one of the best critiques of medical certificate-of-need laws you will ever hear was presented last week on Keli‘i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Matthew Mitchell, a senior research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at West Virginia University, explained to Akina

Read More →

A simple way to improve Hawaii healthcare

Imagine that licensed medical professionals from various mainland states are lined up to work in Hawaii. Let’s say they all arrived by plane and are now in a locked room at the Honolulu airport, waiting for state officials to let them come in and start treating people. Under current law,

Read More →

Hamada hosts Helton for wide-ranging discussion

Converting offices to homes, coping with Maui’s at-capacity sewer systems and revising the rules for Residential A properties on Oahu.  Those were three of the housing-related topics that Jonathan Helton, policy researcher with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed last week on Rick Hamada’s radio show on KHVH NewsRadio 830. Helton

Read More →

Hawaii healthcare takes more hits

State lawmakers recently made some inroads into addressing Hawaii’s doctor shortage, but the state’s healthcare crisis, especially in our most rural communities, is far from over. In fact, among the heartbreaking losses earlier this month in fire-ravaged Lahaina were three healthcare clinics that served approximately 30,000 patients. That leaves few

Read More →

Experts outline how new compact will improve healthcare: Oahu

The decision this year by Hawaii legislators and the governor to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was not only “a practical win for people who are in pain and suffering and who need medical care, but …  also a philosophical win for those who want to celebrate the fact

Read More →

Experts outline how compact will improve Hawaii healthcare: Maui

The decision this year by Hawaii legislators and the governor to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was not only “a practical win for people who are in pain and suffering and who need medical care, but …  also a philosophical win for those who want to celebrate the fact

Read More →

Happy day for Hawaii healthcare

State lawmakers handed Hawaii residents a great victory this week in the effort to improve healthcare access in Hawaii. Gov. Josh Green signed a series of healthcare-related bills on Wednesday — and one of those was SB674, which allows Hawaii to enter the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Joining the compact will make it

Read More →