Better Health, Better Life: Newsletters
President and CEO
After overcoming such extraordinary tribulations this past year, thoughts of what this new year might hold started to permeate. Now is the time to come together and repair, bringing forth a better and brighter future. Themes such as resilience, gratitude, self-care, empathy, unity, and the like, came to mind. We at UHA whole-heartedly believe that there is goodness in togetherness. If we can care for others the way we care for ourselves and our o’hana, that will only make us stronger.
In pondering bringing forth positive change, I was inspired by a favorite mantra of mine. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” This mantra is about faith and courage; being content and in a serene state, while being bold to make a change for the better.
These words remind me to be grateful for each day I am given. I will start my day by making my bed, and then continue by taking gradual steps to make a difference. Steps such as wearing a mask, upkeeping good hygiene, social distancing and getting the COVID-19 vaccine once made available to me. I will live each day inspired to facilitate positive change and help others to find their passions and purpose. By taking these steps, I know that I am doing my part to support a better future.
So, my message to those who are working tirelessly to better the community or even the world; take it one day at a time. Start by facilitating positive change, find your passions and purpose, and be bold enough to help others do the same. Let’s focus our energy on positivity, coming together and caring for one another as o’hana.
Dr. George O. McPheeters, MD FACS
Chief Medical Officer
UHA supports providers to help patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
UHA's Health Care Services department leverages the resources of its clinical team, administrative operations, and data analytics to identify individuals or groups of members with particular healthcare needs. Far fewer than 5% of members account for well over 50% of medical expense and this consolidation of expense (which can be a proxy for disease acuity and suffering) has been becoming more dramatic over time. This is partly due to very high-cost drugs, but it is also the result of a number of chronic disease processes which, over time, drive severe health emergencies and end stage organ failure. None is more important than Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
CKD is, itself, usually the result of treatable and even curable conditions. Progressive CKD and renal failure are, therefore, very often preventable. UHA has embarked on an ambitious effort to identify members with CKD for the purposes of assisting with care coordination, establishing therapeutic primary care relationships, helping with access to specialists and forging ties with educational resources with proven track records.
UHA always seeks to work through the established primary providers. Our team of nurses and the data team are experienced and skilled at identifying and working to address problems with compliance and other care gaps and are genuinely collaborative. We do not want to appear to be, let alone act, intrusively. As we work to reduce the impact of CKD, there may be times when members of this team will call upon you. We are offering insights based on our data and assistance with care management for the benefit of your patients and hope to make your efforts, which we never take for granted, easier.
UHA offers helpful CKD resources you can share with your patients.Take a Look