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Physicians’ financial data under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as the “Open Payments” program, will be released to the public Tuesday. While your data might not make it into the local news, chances are your patients or others you know will ask you about it. Learn the three common questions you’ll hear—and how to answer them.

Physicians despair over having no say in what they’re paid by programs or insurers

coming-up-short2While Hawaii doctors get paid slightly more than the national average, the state has the third-highest cost of living, making it difficult to attract and retain physicians, according to the Hawaii Medical Association.

Hawaii has the 22nd-highest average Medicare payment for an office visit at $77.86, compared with the national average of $72.81, according to an HMA analysis of Medicare reimbursements in 87 regions.

HAWAIITOP1It pays to be an internist in Hawaii.

Not so much, though, if you're a retail salesperson.

Internists in the state average $111.32 an hour and make an average $231,550 a year, according to the Occupational Employment and Wages in Hawai‘i 2013 report issued Wednesday by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

kaamilo hale aiea nursing hmAbout 7 percent of the patients in Hawaii hospitals at any given time do not need to be there but are waiting for space to open up in a long-term care facility, according to data being released Thursday by the Hawaii Health Information Corp.

Between 6.9 and 7.8 percent of hospital patients statewide were waitlisted, or remained in the hospital after the need for acute care ends, from 2006 to 2011.

Reimbursement levels could restrict the level of aid, even among doctors who want to help

Local physicians asked to take on VA casesThe Hawaii Medical Association, a physicians' advocacy group, is urging private doctors to volunteer to treat veterans to help alleviate a crisis in access to care in the islands.

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