Honoring Physician for Excellence in Kupuna Care

Effective Care Transition

Congratulations to Keichi Kobayashi, MD, the winner of a 2018 Excellence in Kupuna Care award for the exemplary performance in providing effective care transitions for his patients post hospital discharge.

Effective care transitions prevent medical errors, identify issues for early intervention, prevent unnecessary hospitalization and readmission and support patients’ choices for post-discharge care.

One study estimated that 80 percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication, or lack of communication, during the hand-off between medical providers. These poorly managed care transitions may lead to adverse events and higher hospital readmissions, which can have a detrimental impact on seniors. Research shows nearly one in four seniors will lose the ability to live independently after a hospitalization. Among Medicare beneficiaries readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, half had no contact with a physician between their first hospitalization and their readmission.

Case Studies

Primary care physicians, like Dr. Kobayashi, have developed meaningful and sustained relationships with the patients and have done an outstanding job of encouraging follow-up exams post-hospitalization.

We appreciate Dr. Kobayashi for his commitment and dedication to high-quality patient care and would like to recognize for this achievement.

Throughout 2018, a group of physicians received 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.