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An update on Alaska's 1115 waiver

Emily Boerger | Jun 12, 2019 | Alaska

Health care highlights in Alaska’s budget

Emily Boerger | Jun 11, 2019 | Alaska

Al Gross forming exploratory committee for U.S. Senate

| May 21, 2019 | Alaska

Al Gross, a practicing orthopedic surgeon from Juneau who lives in Anchorage and Petersburg, says he’s formed an exploratory committee to help him decide if he’s going to challenge U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in 2020. He is expected to announce the committee today in Petersburg, but has the announcement on...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid redesign, Beacon protests BH-ASO award, Amy L. Mackin

| May 14, 2019 | Alaska

The tourists are in town and Alaska has arrived on the cusp of summer! That means things will slow down through much of the economy. But, it's also sometimes the time when things might move in health care, when the pressure is a little lower and folks can be more...[ Read More ]

Two important problems with Alaska's "private option" for Medicaid

DJ Wilson | May 14, 2019 | Alaska

Last week, the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services released an RFP to help support the re-design of Medicaid. The RFP included language stating: The reform initiative is intended to contain both a private option and work requirements. The base approach of the initiative is to combine a private...[ Read More ]

Optum named BH-ASO winner; Beacon files protest

DJ Wilson | May 13, 2019 | Alaska

The State of Alaska has named Optum as its “apparently successful bidder” in its recent behavioral health ASO RFP.  However, the award, which has not yet been publicly announced, was immediately protested by a second respondent, Beacon Health Options. The BH-ASO RFP implements a centrally important piece of Alaska’s 1115...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Amy L. Mackin, Hall Render

Emily Boerger | May 10, 2019 | Alaska

Amy L. Mackin is an attorney at Hall Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman. She joins us in this edition of “What They're Watching” to discuss provider best legal practices. “Our law firm only represents the health care industry, and what I do within the law firm is I do managed...[ Read More ]

Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project announces new reform report

Emily Boerger | May 8, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project, in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago, recently announced a draft of a new report outlining potential health care reforms and initiatives for the state of Alaska. The Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project is a collaboration of stakeholders across the health care spectrum working...[ Read More ]

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