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Informational brochure about prevention, risk factors and complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Department of Health (DOH) Developmental Disabilities Division's informational brochure on that available consumer directed services (CDS) and how to access CDS.
Informational brochure about Hawaii Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) program services, eligibility criteria, and contact information.
Information outlining the guidelines and eligibility criteria for Department of Health (DOH) Early Intervention Services (EIS).
This brochure can help you identify ways to eat well and get active to remain a healthy lifestyle.
Comprehensive list of clinical genetics providers in Hawaii.
Information about the child welfare services provided by the DOH Services, Child Welfare Services Branch, to children/families who have been reported to have been or at risk for child abuse/neglect.
Department of Health (DOH) Developmental Disabilities Division's informational Brochure on eligibility criteria, application process, and available services for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for people with developmental disabilities.
Health information to help you stay healthy.
Health information page
This brochure outlines 20 tips for healthful and enjoyable eating.
Downloadable patient information sheets regarding high blood pressure (hypertension). Also available in Spanish.
HMSA Care Connection Member Brochure
Information on disease management via HMSA Provider Resource Center.
Search HMSA Providers using a doctor's name, your location, a specialty or an ailment.
Informational brochure created by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH) answer frequently asked questions regarding power of attorney, principals, and agents.
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) Worksheet that parents can use to prepare for their initial evaluation meeting for Department of Health (DOE) special education.
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) worksheet that parents can use to prepare for their Department of Education (DOE) special education re-evalution meeting.
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) Worksheet that parents can use to prepare for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, specifically when reviewing evaluations/assessments to address the Present Level of Educational Performance (PLEP) page.
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii (LDAH) worksheet that parents can use to prepare for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.
Informational brochure created by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH) answers frequently asked questions regarding guardianship, either for a minor child or for an adult individual who is unable to manage his/her own affairs.
Health information
Department of Health (DOH) Developmental Disabilities Division publishes this booklet that lists agencies that provide Medicaid waiver services in Hawaii.
"Read about symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention for over 975 diseases, illnesses, health conditions and wellness issues. MedlinePlus health topics are regularly reviewed, and links are updated daily."
Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
Informational brochure on identifying children ages 0-22 in need of special education services (includes multiple languages).
Special Education guide for parents that was developed by the Special Education Advisory Council, the Special Parent Information Network, and the Special Education Branch of the Department of Education (DOE).
This brochure guides patients in creating their own, personalized Diabetes plan.
Booklet compiled by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross to help families with children or youth with special needs prepare for emergencies and disasters.
Informational packet that explains the process of applying for and receiving social security disability benefits for children with disabilities.
Informational brochure provides information regarding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) financial assistance program.
The recording for the webinar, Our Care, Our Choice Act - 2020 Update, is now available. You may click here to view at your own convenience.

You may also contact Doc2Doc physicians at 800-247-7421 regarding your patients’ End-of-Life questions. The program is provided by Compassion & Choices. Click here or the flyer below for further information.

If you have other questions about this webinar or the Doc2Doc program, please contact Caryn Ireland via email, or call 808-497-3407.
Educational brochure for patients on weight loss options.
Information about the different types of genetics professionals and reasons for referrals to a genetic provider.
Informational brochure about the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Hawaii (ie. how to apply, local agency contacts, income eligibility criteria, etc). Services are also available for fathers and guardians.
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Get updates from the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Disease Outbreak Control Division regarding the 2016 Hepatitis A outbreak. Here you'll find information about Hepatitis A, places of interest and HDOH confirmed cases of Hepatitis A.
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High Risk Medications List
The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test
Information - COVID-19 Section (21)
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You might be hearing a lot about what Congress is doing to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some quick facts for you, as of April 2, 2020.

PMAG Leadership strongly encourages you to start the application process for one or more of these loans or grants, should you need them. Most of the lenders are still finalizing their process. Information is changing daily. We will try our best to keep your informed.
Here are some quick facts for your PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loan, should you decide to pursue.

PPP Loans are available April 3, 2020 through June 30, 2020. To have the full 8-weeks of allowable costs forgiven, you should apply before May 5, 2020, so that all of your forgivable costs are incurred before June 30, 2020. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s summary page.
Information on:
- Leolinda L. Iokepa on CARES Act, PPP, EIDL and more/
- Here are some quick facts for your PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loan, should you decide to pursue.
- CARES Act: Small Business Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- Paycheck Protection Program Loan
Some physicians asked for a PDF of the EIDL Application as the online version is very long and hard to see all the information at once. We made a PDF for you: EIDL Application.


COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- Grant is up to $10,000.
- Can be used for payroll, rent, and utility.
- No repayment needed for up to $10,000. Cannot double dip with other SBA loan forgiveness amount, e.g. PPP Loan.
- More information, click here.
- To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here. Or you may gather information first with this PDF EIDL Application.
- Tip: Apply for the loan and then ask for the Advance. The turnaround time should be about 3 days.
Quick Facts for April 9, 2020:
Here is the most recent update regarding the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

It might take longer than 3 days to receive the Advance due to overwhelming demands.
SBA scaled down the Advance to $1,000 per employee; up to $10,000.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s summary page: click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While the law provides that SBA shall provide the funds within 3 days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), overwhelming interest in the program has slowed the process. This makes it difficult to estimate when applicants will receive the advance.

The law provides that applicants can request up to $10,000; however, because of high demand, the SBA has decided to scale the advance and will provide $1,000 per employee for up to ten employees. For example, an applicant with two employees would get $2,000, an applicant with ten employees would get $10,000, and an applicant with more than ten employees would still get $10,000.

Some physicians decide to apply for PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) Loan only and skip the EIDL.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan:
- Available now through June 30, 2020.
- U.S. Senator Brian Schatz’s summary page, click here.
- Click here for an SBA PPP loan information and here to download an application.
- Borrower Information Sheet, read more here.
- Loan forgiveness for 8 weeks from loan date.
- Can be used for payroll, rent, utility.
- See below for lender information.
PMAG physicians are suffering severe shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), especially masks. As we continue to search for supplies for our members, PMAG wants to propose a different approach - physicians helping physicians. We know some physicians have adequate supplies to possibly share with those who are in need. Also those physicians who have established relationships with supply vendors may be the only ones able to order needed PPE.
PMAG is coordinating a COVID-19 Patient Care Q&A effort to answer our clinicians' specific questions regarding the novel coronavirus.

Our board member, Dr. Erlaine Bello, a well-known Infectious Disease expert (Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; Associate Professor Department of Medicine at JABSOM) is willing to take time from her busy schedule to answer questions for our PMAG physicians.
Template for Teleheath EHR invitation.
An advance payment is a conditional partial payment, which requires repayment, and may be issued
when the conditions described in CMS regulations at 42 CFR 421.214 are met. An advance payment may
be made if all of the following conditions are met:

• The carrier is unable to process the claim timely.
• CMS determines that the prompt payment interest provision specified in section 1842(c) of the Act is
insufficient to make a claimant whole.
• CMS approves, in writing to the carrier, the making of an advance payment by the carrier.

Advance payments are not made to any supplier that meets any of the following conditions:

• Is delinquent in repaying a Medicare overpayment.
• Has been advised of being under active medical review or program integrity investigation.
• Has not submitted any claims.
• Has not accepted claims’ assignments within the most recent 180-day period preceding
the system malfunction.

If the provider meets the above criteria, please fill out the following forms.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

To help our physicians navigate through FFCRA, CARES Act, FMLA, ADA, etc., PMAG invites Altres to share some updates.
You may have heard that funding is no longer available for the PPP loan due to overwhelming demands. Congress is working on replenishing PPP with an additional $310 billion in funding. The funding could be made available very soon after the bill passed into law, at which point the SBA will begin accepting applications again.

If you need financial assistance and have not applied for the PPP loan yet, please start the application process with your lender today. Applications might be accepted again starting tomorrow, April 24, 2020.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and the stay-at-home order, our PMAG physicians are still in the trenches taking care of patients, learning how to use telehealth, and applying for various business loans to keep their practices afloat, etc. The impact of these challenges can add tremendous stress to our bodies and minds.

The PMAG Physician Wellness Committee would like to thank our physicians for all their hard work in taking care of Hawaii’s patients. Please remember to take care of yourself.

A message from Dr. Donna Mah, PMAG’s President of the Board, and Haylin Dennison, LCSW, PMAG’s Director of Integrated Behavioral Health.
We've compiled your COVID-19 questions and had them answered by Dr. Erlaine Bello, Infectious Disease expert (Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; Associate Professor Department of Medicine at JABSOM).

We separated the categories as follows: Prevention, Treatment and Prognosis.

Starting next week, we'll be collecting your questions every Monday and Tuesday and then sharing Dr. Bello's answers on Friday. Click here to submit your questions.
We are able to secure some cloth masks for PMAG members from various sources, including, our families and friends, Mask4HI, and other PMAG physicians who just want to share aloha.

One of our PMAG members, Dr. Carlton Yuen of Aloha Vision Consultants, has graciously donated nearly 400 cloth masks to PMAG physicians. Dr. Yuen’s mom is a professional seamstress and is making more cloth masks for PMAG with love.
Under the CARES Act, HHS is distributing these major Provider Relief Funds at various stages.

HHS has distributed the Provider Relief Fund to Medicare provider since April 10, 2020 via direct deposit or paper check. Read more, here.
Providers can request for reimbursement for testing and treating uninsured patients due to COVID-19 since February 4, 2020. Portal opened on April 27, 2020. Read more, here. Apply today!
The Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund is a reimbursement program for a grant up to $10,000 for each business. You may not double dip with funding from PPP loan and/or EIDL and/or EIDL Advance Grant money. Once your application is finalized with the credit union, you will need to submit proof for reimbursement request; for example, proof of expenses include rent, utilities, payroll, COVID-19 safety precautions, etc.
Sharing recent messages from HMSA below regarding:

- Medicare Sequestration Suspension - May 19, 2020
- COVID-19 pre-op asymptomatic screening, cost-share waiver end dates, and serologic testing updates - May 18, 2020

If you have any questions, call HMSA at 948-6820 on Oahu or 1 (877) 304-4672 toll-free on the Neighbor Islands. Or email

We strive to keep you up-to-date amid the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 related news for your practice.
Many physicians have already received their PPP loan and/or EIDL. The next step is to apply for the loan forgiveness portion.
HHS may distribute more CARES Act Provider Relief Fund soon.

If you have received the HHS Provider Relief Fund (HHSPAYMENT) since April 10, 2020 via direct deposit or paper check, and would like to receive more, if there is any, please take action by June 3, 2020.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends health professionals and patients report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Complete and submit the report online.
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

Read more below:
MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information
and Adverse Event Reporting Program

A MedWatch Safety Alert was added to the FDA Recalls webpage.

TOPIC: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg and 750 mg by Teva: Recall - Due to the Detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine

AUDIENCE: Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy

ISSUE: Teva is recalling fourteen (14) lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg and 750 mg, due to the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels in excess of the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit (ADI). NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests and is known as an environmental contaminant of foods and water.

The affected Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg and 750 mg are described in the recall. Please click on the Read Recall Button below for product description, lot numbers and expiration dates. Pictures of the labels are included below.

BACKGROUND: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
HMSA updated its FAQs for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, as of June 24, 2020.

Major updates are extension of coverage period from March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

1. What kinds of services will be covered under HMSA’s expanded telehealth policy?
HMSA is waiving all cost sharing and deductibles for fully insured commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Quest Integration members who use telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits with a participating provider during the COVID-19 public health emergency. For visits with nonparticipating providers, standard plan benefits will apply for commercial and Quest integration members. This applies to visits from March 1 through December 31, 2020. Telehealth visits will still be available after Dec 31, 2020, but with a cost share.

6. Do HMSA’s telehealth services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy?
­­­­­­On April 1, 2020, HMSA’s telehealth services were expanded to include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We will make this retroactive to dates of service beginning March 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. This is consistent with CMS’s Medicare guidelines to lower exposure risk while enabling services to continue. HMSA will temporarily allow physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists to bill for these services.

11. Are there out-of-pocket costs for my patient for telehealth services?
To ensure that members are able to access care from the appropriate setting and avoid unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus, HMSA will wave copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance for all fully insured commercial, Medicare Advantage, and QUEST Integration plan members from March 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.

12. Is member cost share waived during this emergency period for nonparticipating providers?
For telehealth visits, virtual check-ins, and e-visits with a nonparticipating provider, standard plan benefits will apply for fully insured commercial and QUEST Integration members. All cost sharing and deductibles are waived for Medicare Advantage members who use services from participating and nonparticipating providers. HMSA is waiving all cost sharing and deductibles for fully insured commercial, Medicare Advantage, and QUEST Integration members who use these services with a participating provider from March 1 through Dec. 31, 2020