Honoring Physician for Excellence in Kupuna Care

Compliance with Chronic Disease Quality Measures

Congratulations to eight primary care physicians who have been recognized for demonstrating their commitment to proving quality care to Medicare beneficiaries and better managing chronic conditions. Chronic conditions are defined as health problems that last a year or more, require ongoing medical attention and limit daily activities. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, more than 61% of Hawaii adults are living with at least one chronic disease or condition such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

Although each chronic condition has unique symptoms and treatments, patients have similar lifestyle challenges. Primary care physicians are instrumental in helping patients address these challenges. These dedicated primary care physicians closely monitor and manage patients with chronic conditions. Living with chronic conditions can be difficult, and these physicians are committed to helping their patients live a happier and healthier life.

Case Studies 

The 2018 top performing primary care physicians include: 

  • Acuna, Harry M.
  • Fortunato, Elizaga V.
  • Garcia, Daniel B.
  • Guzman, Ma Rosario C.
  • Ilar-Revilla,  Maria C.
  • Lai, Chang-Dich
  • Lawler, Sharon S.
  • Zhou, Jack J.

This award, presented by MDX Hawai’i, is a way to encourage physicians to help tackle the health crisis in Hawaii. Today, nearly 155,000 people in Hawaii have diabetes and the CDC has established a Diabetes Prevention and Control Program in Hawaii.

Some recent alarming Hawaii health statistics include:
United Health Foundation America’s Health Rankings show Hawaii is consistently among the top five U.S. states for heart disease. According to the Hawaii Department of Health, more than 61 percent of Hawaii adults are living with at least one chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer. The United Health Foundation’s 2016 America’s Health Rankings estimates that 54 percent Hawaii’s population has type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

Even Medicare Advantage plans across the country are rated based upon a prescribed set of quality measures including controlling blood pressure and sugar levels. MDX Hawaii hones those primary care physicians who have achieved four-star ratings within their patient populations as Excellence in Kupuna Care winners.

Throughout 2018, more than 100 physicians will receive MDX Hawai`i Excellence in Kupuna Care awards based on select components of high quality primary care, including metrics which reward preventative care, care coordination and convenient access to care.


MDX Hawai`i encompasses over 650 primary care physicians, 2,400 specialists and a full complement of health systems and ancillary providers across the Hawaiian Islands.  MDX Hawai`i assists physicians by providing wellness services and support programs for patients with complex medical conditions.