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UnitedHealth Group hiring health plan CEO, other positions in Alaska

| Mar 30, 2018 | Alaska

Based on new job postings, it appears that UnitedHealth Group has been awarded the Coordinated Care Demonstration Project RFP in Alaska. UnitedHealth Group has posted a job opening for a Health Plan CEO in Alaska. The position was posted earlier this week and will be located in Anchorage, Wasilla or...[ Read More ]

Alaska Senate improves access to mental health services

| Mar 29, 2018 | Alaska

The Alaska Senate unanimously passed a bill to improve access to mental health services for Alaskans. Under current rules, a mental health professional in a behavioral health clinic must have a supervising psychiatrist physically present at least 30 percent of the time in order to bill Medicaid for their services. SB...[ Read More ]

Most frequently prescribed medication in Alaska is an opioid

| Mar 27, 2018 | Alaska

GoodRx has released new data that shows the top prescription filled in Alaska is an opioid. While nearly every state has an opioid in its top ten list of most prescribed drugs, Alaska is one of only ten other states where opioids are the most frequently prescribed drug. That number...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Harsh comments on waiver, Legislation moving, Wilson Agency sells

| Mar 20, 2018 | Alaska

It feels like the momentum of success that has been a hallmark of the last few years in Alaska health care is coming to an end. I may be wrong - hopefully I am. But with the 1115 waiver request running into severe and harsh criticism, with The Wilson Agency...[ Read More ]

Public comments reveal concerns over Alaska 1115 Waiver

| Mar 19, 2018 | Alaska

The federal public comment period for Alaska’s 1115 waiver closed over the weekend. While the comments submitted generally express support for the waiver, the majority also raise significant concerns with the waiver’s current form. Concerns Previously Raised, Not Addressed Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association commented that it had...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: David Frain, Christian Health Associates

Emily Boerger | Mar 19, 2018 | Alaska

David Frain, Practice Manager at the Christian Health Associates, Cornerstone Clinic, joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to talk about the opioid crisis. We have an opioid crisis. The opioid crisis will not be solved by us writing prescriptions for opioids. We need to recognize a couple...[ Read More ]