AUGUST 3, 2019


Healthcare Partnership Achieves Dramatic Reduction in ER Room Visits, Helps Homeless Access Care

The Oahu Healthcare Sector Partnership pilot project to reduce emergency room utilization by homeless individuals has resulted in an average 67 percent reduction in ER visits through collaborative care and sharing information between facilities.

“As a community, we all have a role to play in addressing pressing issues, including homelessness,” Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO said. “The Chamber and the University of Hawai‘i leveraged our unique ability to convene public and private stakeholders to improve healthcare outcomes while also benefitting Hawaii’s healthcare providers. We look forward to continuing our work to expand community-based, innovative care solutions such as this one.”

“As a leader in the community with a strong stake in the success of our state, the University of Hawai?i convened the Healthcare Sector Partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii to find ways we can work together with the health care community to create a healthier Hawai?i,” UH President David Lassner said. “This project shows how successful public and private industry partnerships can achieve more for all of us.”

“Kalihi-Palama Health Center is on the forefront of serving the most vulnerable populations across Oahu,” Dr. Emmanuel Kintu, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of Kalihi-Palama Health Center said. “This pilot project connected our providers with stakeholders from across the healthcare system through the shared goal reducing ER visits without compromising the quality of care patients receive. Working together, we were able to achieve dramatic improvement in patient care for a relatively low cost. Solutions like the Healthcare Sector Partnership pilot program will allow more patients to access appropriate, quality healthcare services. We thank the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and the University of Hawaii for bringing everyone together to develop this common solution.”


Social Security Replacement Card Now Available Online

The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services for residents of Hawaii available through its my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that residents of Hawaii can use the portal for many replacement Social Security number (SSN) card requests. This will allow people to replace their SSN card from the comfort of their home or office, without the need to travel to a Social Security office.

“We are here to serve the public and this option helps us improve service by offering a safe, secure, and more convenient choice for doing business with us online,” Commissioner Saul said. “I am pleased to offer Hawaii residents the added convenience of replacing a Social Security card through the my Social Security portal.”

The agency is conducting a gradual roll out of this service; Hawaii is one of the states, plus the District of Columbia, where this option is available.

U.S. citizens age 18 or older and who are residents of Hawaii can request a replacement SSN card online by creating a my Social Security account. In addition, they must have a U.S. domestic mailing address, not require a change to their record (such as a name change), and have a valid driver’s license, or state identification card in some participating states.

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