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July 2016

July 25, 2016

Advocates For Elderly Sue State Over Inspections Of Care Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Advocates For Elderly Sue State Over Inspections Of Care Homes

Kokua Council says the state health department has failed to meet a legal requirement to post inspections online and is unlawfully redacting information.

July 01, 2016

Care Home Rules Subject of Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Care Home Rules Subject of Lawsuit

The suit seeks to reunite an elderly couple, but officials have warned against widespread exceptions in the law.

April 2016

April 05, 2016

Bill Requiring Surprise Care Home Inspections Moves Ahead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Requiring Surprise Care Home Inspections Moves Ahead

House Finance Committee members expressed concerns about unannounced visits, but still sent the measure to the full House.

March 2016

March 23, 2016

Surprise Care Home Inspections One Step Closer To Reality Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Surprise Care Home Inspections One Step Closer To Reality

Hawaii's care home industry opposes the practice, even though it has become commonplace in other states.

September 2015

September 24, 2015

Are Hawaii Nursing Home Clients Coerced Into Arbitration Agreements? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Hawaii Nursing Home Clients Coerced Into Arbitration Agreements?

The federal government wants to tighten rules regulating pre-dispute agreements that remove the right to sue, but Hawaii's long-term care ombudsman says they should just be banned.

September 13, 2015

Against the Law: State Stops Posting Care Home Inspection Reports Online Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Against the Law: State Stops Posting Care Home Inspection Reports Online

Blaming a lack of resources, the Hawaii Department of Health is now ignoring the requirement that took effect in January.

September 03, 2015

Inside an Elderly Care Home: Kaneohe Couple Demonstrates Comfort Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Inside an Elderly Care Home: Kaneohe Couple Demonstrates Comfort Care

Surprise visits don't bother the operators of Hokulaki Senior Living.

August 2015

August 12, 2015

Advance Warning: Should Care Homes Know When Inspectors Are Coming? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Advance Warning: Should Care Homes Know When Inspectors Are Coming?

The fast-growing adult care home industry serves some of our most vulnerable citizens. In Hawaii, inspectors looking to ensure clients aren't being neglected usually announce their visits in advance.

July 2015

July 21, 2015

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

Health Beat: Hawaii Fails the Elderly When It Cuts Long-Term Care Services

The looming cutbacks at state-run nursing homes have residents worried. And mainstream hospitals may have cause for concern as well.

May 2015

May 28, 2015

Not All Warm and Fuzzy: Care Home Bill Would Have Forced Out a Patient Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Not All Warm and Fuzzy: Care Home Bill Would Have Forced Out a Patient

The failed legislation touted as a compassionate way to reunite an aging married couple is seen in a new light with concerns about displacing Medicaid clients in favor of private-paying residents.

May 01, 2015

Care Home Bill Fails to Advance Despite Pleas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Care Home Bill Fails to Advance Despite Pleas

The measure might have brought married couples together, but risked displacing Medicaid recipients in favor of private-pay clients.

April 2015

April 28, 2015

Health Officials Concerned About Side Effects of Care Home Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Officials Concerned About Side Effects of Care Home Bill

UPDATED: Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that could keep married couples together on the one hand, but risks displacing Medicaid clients in favor of private-pay clients.

March 2015

March 11, 2015

Health Department Starts Posting More Care Home Inspections Online Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Department Starts Posting More Care Home Inspections Online

Office of Health Care Assurance moves into compliance with Hawaii law.

March 06, 2015

Lawmakers Reluctant to Pass Care Home Bills that Cost State Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Reluctant to Pass Care Home Bills that Cost State Money

Approvals are being given to help the industry make more money despite concerns over Medicaid recipients having fewer options in Hawaii.

March 04, 2015

Health Department Scraps Request to Delay Posting Inspection Reports Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Department Scraps Request to Delay Posting Inspection Reports

Adult care home inspection reports will be online by mid-March, officials tell Hawaii lawmakers.
Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Beat: Hawaii’s Nursing Homes — When the Best Is Far From Enough

Three in every four available nursing home beds in the state are in facilities that aren’t good enough.

February 2015

February 25, 2015

Nursing Home Care in Hawaii the Best in the Nation? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nursing Home Care in Hawaii the Best in the Nation?

A newspaper story points at one indicator where Hawaii leads, leaving out other serious issues affecting quality.

February 18, 2015

How Much Care Home Information Should Be on State Website? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Much Care Home Information Should Be on State Website?

Hawaii House committees pass bills to include care home vacancies on state website and let certain facilities accept married couples paying privately.

February 17, 2015

Care Home Industry Uses Love Story (Again) to Loosen Hawaii Laws Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Care Home Industry Uses Love Story (Again) to Loosen Hawaii Laws

The perfect poster child was paraded around the Capitol to pressure legislators to change state regulations.

February 09, 2015

Inspection Reports for Some Hawaii Care Homes to Be Posted Online StockMonkeys.com/Flickr

Inspection Reports for Some Hawaii Care Homes to Be Posted Online

Department of Health is ready to obey the posting law for one of the seven types of state-licensed care homes.

February 05, 2015

Ige Backpedals On Posting Care-Home Inspection Reports Online Pallspera .com/Flickr

Ige Backpedals On Posting Care-Home Inspection Reports Online

UPDATED. Hawaii Department of Health asks Legislature to retroactively change the deadline for posting the reports, which was supposed to begin Jan. 1.

January 2015

January 16, 2015

Health Department Flouts Law Calling for Online Access to Care Home Reports Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Department Flouts Law Calling for Online Access to Care Home Reports

Hawaii's program remains far from implementation despite an 18-month lead time to meet the Jan. 1 deadline to make inspection reports available online.

July 2014

July 03, 2014

Online Access to Hawaii Care Home Inspections May Be Delayed Vinoth Chandar/Flickr.com

Online Access to Hawaii Care Home Inspections May Be Delayed

State lawmakers question Health Department's ability to meet Jan. 1 deadline.

June 2013

June 05, 2013

Are Hawaii Lawmakers Weakening Support for the Elderly and Disabled?

Are Hawaii Lawmakers Weakening Support for the Elderly and Disabled?

The Legislature quietly extends a money-saving law that allows foster homes to use less-trained caregivers.

May 2013

May 22, 2013

‘Little Voice’ Overcomes Lobbying To Limit Access To Care Home Records Fotalia

‘Little Voice’ Overcomes Lobbying To Limit Access To Care Home Records

Hawaii lawmakers stand up to industry after years of failed attempts to require inspection reports to be posted online.