Hawaii Palliative Care Virtual Summit 2021 presenting MedQUEST Proposed Palliative Care Benefit

MedQuest (Hawaii Medicaid) presented their proposed palliative care benefit, a first-of-its kind in the country at our Hawaii Palliative Care Virtual Summit in June of 2021.

A MedQUEST palliative care benefit could significantly improve how we in Hawai‘i care for some of our most complex and seriously ill family, friends, and neighbors.

MedQUEST presented their analysis and benefit design concepts at the June 26, 2021 Hawaii Palliative Care Virtual Summit.


  • All slides of Summit’s presentations as a PDF file
  • Presenter bios, Agenda and background manual as a PDF file

This Summit is presented by MedQuest and Hui Pohala, a growing coalition, collaborating to improve access to high quality palliative care in Hawai‘i. Kōkua Mau is a part of the coalition.

The entire recorded summit is on our YouTube Channel. To watch a specific presentation please click on the time code in the Agenda below to jump to it directly. (You may need to click ‘play’ once you are on YouTube.)


Summit Host: Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD, FAAHPM, Medical Director, Pain & Palliative Care Department The Queen’s Medical Center, Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawai‘i

0:03 WelcomeDaniel Fischberg, MD, PhD, FAAHPM

1:51 Introduction to Palliative Care in Hawai‘i – Daniel Fischberg

9:10 Hui Pohala – Rae Seitz, MD, Chair, Hui Pohala

21:28 Stupski Foundation – Dan Tuttle, MBA, MSc Director of Health, Stupski Foundation

26:10 Med-QUEST Division – Judy Mohr Peterson, PhD, Med-QUEST (Medicaid) Division Administrator

38:59 Votive Health – Torrie Fields, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Votive Health

1:34:45 (5 min) Break (Not included in the video)

1:34:59 Facilitated Feedback Sessions – Stacie Sinclair, MPP, CSW, Associate Director for Policy, Center to Advance Palliative Care (Breakout rooms are not included in the recording)

1:39:41 Large Group Debrief / Discussion – Torrie Fields, MPH

2:21:17 Wrap Up – Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD, FAAHPM

Hawaii State Palliative Care Summit April 25, 2020

Our very successful Palliative Care Summit brought key stakeholders together for an overview of the current state of palliative care in Hawai‘i, with focus on:

  • What is working?
  • What are barriers?
  • What are the opportunities for expanding access?

The Palliative Care Summit on April 25, 2020 in Honolulu was the first of its kind in Hawai‘i.

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