AlohaCare Quality Improvement Incentive Program Awards $1.62 Million to 14 Community Health Centers

AlohaCare Quality Improvement Incentive Program Aims To Improve Clinical Care and Services Statewide For At-Risk Populations

Local, non-profit health plan AlohaCare distributed $1.62 million in quality incentive awards to 14 community health centers and clinics statewide during its 2009-2010 fiscal year.
The funding is part of AlohaCare’s Quality Improvement Incentive Program (QIIP), an annual initiative created to support projects that measurably improve clinical care, services and access to care, especially to Hawaii’s at-risk populations. QIIP is based on a “Pay-for-Performance” model of quality improvement, where recipients must reach predetermined markers of performance to receive full funding. In total, recipients received more than 92 percent of the funding they were eligible to receive.
“Seventeen years ago, AlohaCare was created by a group of community health centers to ensure Hawaii’s most vulnerable populations have access to the comprehensive health care services they need,” said John McComas, chief executive officer of AlohaCare. “With Hawaii’s down economy and cutbacks in state and federal funding, Hawaii’s community health centers are facing extremely challenging times. They have more patients to take care of who don’t have insurance, yet government reimbursements have been cut dramatically. AlohaCare’s Quality Improvement Incentive Program not only provides these health centers and clinics with support, but gives them the tools to achieve higher rates of success in caring for their patients.”
The following community health centers and clinics are QIIP recipients for fiscal year 2009-2010:
–          Kalihi-Palama Health Center: $197,411 for Well-Child Visits Program.
–          Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services: $99,745 for Chlamydia Screening and Well-Child Visits programs.
–          Koolauloa Community Health and Wellness Center: $68,625 for Breast Cancer Screening program.
–          Queen Emma Clinics: $78,594 for Diabetes Care Program.
–          Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center: $375,411 for Cervical Cancer Screening, Post-Partum Care, and Diabetes Care programs.
–          Waimanalo Health Center: $78,750 for Diabetes Retinal Exam Program.
–          Waikiki Health Center: $78,750 for Cervical Cancer Screening Program.
Hawaii Island
–          Bay Clinic, Inc.: $216,994 for Diabetes Care Program.
–          Hamakua Health Center: $61,875 for Diabetes Care Program.
–          West Hawaii Community Health Center: $75,375 for Diabetes Care Program.
–          Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii/Kauai Community Health Center: $32,000 for Diabetes Care Program.
–          Hana Community Health Center: $75,375 for Blood Pressure Control Program.
–          Malama I Ke Ola Health Center: $107,879 for Cervical Cancer Screening Program.
–          Molokai Ohana Health Care: $72,000 for Well-Child Visits Program.
“Funds we received from AlohaCare not only helped us to sustain services that work, but it also provided us the opportunity to pilot new and innovative strategies to achieve quality health outcomes,” commented Mary Oneha, chief operating officer, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCCHC). WCCHC received $375,411 to conduct quality initiatives related to diabetes care, cervical cancer screening and postpartum care. The funds were used to pilot patient incentives for improving specific diabetes outcomes, to incentivize providers and staff for achieving identified improvement on priority health indicators, and to support and sustain chronic disease management and high-risk women’s heath supportive services.
“Untreated diabetes is a growing concern in our community, having particularly devastating effects on the well-being of the Native Hawaiian population,” added Sean Childers, clinical operations director, Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii/Kauai Community Health Centers (KCHC). “Thanks in part to AlohaCare’s investment into our community, KCHC has been able to integrate the department’s ability to provide comprehensive care, including the very successful Weight Management Program in our Waimea Clinic.”
AlohaCare is a non-profit health plan founded in 1994 by Hawaii’s community health centers to serve some of Hawaii’s most vulnerable populations. With $200 million in annual revenue and nearly 200 employees located at offices on Oahu and the Big Island, AlohaCare is the 38th largest business in the state, providing health care coverage to more than 75,000 members statewide. For more information on AlohaCare, go to

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