Kokua Mau Meeting July 30
July 27

Please join us Thur. July 30 for our Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting.  This month we will be doing a number of updates on projects and national happenings, sharing new resources and showing a few new short movies. We'll also go over the Palliative Care Conference and discuss ways for you to watch sessions over the next three months.  

Monthly meetings are open to all. Please join us.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

Join us for other local updates and please let Jeannette know if you have items for the agenda. 

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  There will be real coffee and refreshments as well
Wed. 8/19 Palliative Care for Persons Living with Dementia

"Palliative Care for Persons Living with Dementia" with Laurel Coleman, MD

Wednesday, August 19, 3-5pm
Queen's Conference Center Auditorium
510 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96815

Laurel Coleman, M.D. is a geriatrician-palliative care physician who is new to Kaua'i. She has experience in geriatric consultation as well as inpatient and outpatient palliative care. She speaks nationally on dementia diagnosis and care throughout the stages of the disease and currently serves on the National Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Disease for Health & Human Services in Washington, D.C. She was cochair of an Institute of Medicine expert group on Advanced Dementia in2014, and is one of the founding members of Dementia Friendly America, the effort to help communities embrace and adapt to the needs of persons with dementia. Laurel also serves on the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs for the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her MD and residency training in Internal Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. After her Geriatrics Fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she practiced in Maine for 20 years before moving to Hawaii (a lifelong dream) with her husband.

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
  1. Identify the aspects of dementia that make this illness a poor fit for "usual" medical care.
  2. Recall features of a palliative care approach that can be used in different stages of the disease process.
  3. Relate how advanced care planning discussions can have an important impact on the types of care, sites of care, and quality of life for a person living with dementia.
  4. Relate basic information about the National Alzheimer's Project Act, the Alzheimer's Advisory Council and the importance of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.
Please register by phone 295-2624 or email to Jody Mishan


Proposed Rule would Reimburse Physicians for Advance Care Planning Conversations

(July 8, 2015: Alexandria, Va) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that makes the two advance care planning codes established in FY2015 "active" and begins the process of allowing physicians to code and be paid for advance care planning discussions they have with their patients.  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization enthusiastically supports this new proposed rule, and plans to comment on the great value of having these important and complicated conversations with Medicare beneficiaries. 

In the CY2015 final rule, published late in 2014, the CPT Editorial Panel established two codes for physicians to document advance care planning conversations, one code for the first 30 minutes, and a second add-on code for additional 30 minute conversations.  However, in the CY2015 final rule, reimbursement was not attached. 

With the release of this proposed rule, CMS is indicating that the establishment of payment rates for advance care planning conversations between physicians and patients can begin as early as January 1, 2016 and that physicians  will receive payment for these important physician-patient conversations around advance directives and discussions around patient goals of care.

More on the NHPCO website  

Aloha United Way and Kokua Mau

Great news! 

We are very excited to report that for the first time, Kōkua Mau is participating in this year's Aloha United Way Campaign

If your employer participates in the Aloha United Way Campaign, you can direct your AUW contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau - by using our designation number 80410 on the Donor Designation Form (or the new online version). 

Please tell your colleagues, friends and loved ones who might be part of an AUW campaign as well. The coconut wireless is still the best way to spread the word about this new opportunity for Kōkua Mau.

We are honored to be included in the AUW 'Ohana joining many valuable organizations that are making a real difference in Hawai'i. 
Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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