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Hawaiʻi Healthcare Transformation Plan Unveiled

February 28, 2014, 9:12 AM HST
* Updated February 28, 9:16 AM
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Photo courtesy Office of the Governor.

Photo courtesy Office of the Governor.

By Maui Now Staff

The state announced the release of its healthcare transformation plan, the culmination of a six-month planning process aimed at “better care, better health, and lower costs.”

The plan was funded by a federal grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and was coordinated by Beth Giesting who was tasked with overseeing the state project.

“We firmly believe that the priorities outlined in our plan will improve the quality of care and outcomes for all residents, while addressing the long-term fiscal sustainability of our healthcare system,” said Giesting in a state issued press release.  “In addition, it will bring greater equity by reducing geographic and cultural barriers to care,” she said.

The state’s plan identifies six “essential catalysts for transformation,” including the redesign of primary care practice, care coordination, payment reform, health information technology, workforce development, and policy strategies.

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Governor Neil Abercrombie called the health care system a “high priority” for his administration and credited Giesting with making “substantial progress” in the program.

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The full text of the plan is available at the following direct LINK.

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