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Elizabeth Ripley testifies in support of Adam Crum

DJ Wilson | Apr 18, 2019 | Alaska

What They're Watching: Laura Young, healtheConnect Alaska

Emily Boerger | Apr 16, 2019 | Alaska

Laura Young is the Executive Director of healtheConnect Alaska. She joins us in this edition of “What They're Watching” to discuss utilizing data to counteract social determinants of health. “Working for the health information exchange, a lot of times I'm really focused on data and what's kind of coming in...[ Read More ]

DHSS and Medicaid highlights in House's recently passed operating budget

Emily Boerger | Apr 12, 2019 | Alaska

On Thursday, the Alaska House of Representatives passed their operating budget (HB 39) off the floor on a 24-14 vote. The budget includes significant cuts across a broad range of departments and programs, but stops short of many of the cuts proposed by Governor Dunleavy earlier this year. The $10.29...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Fiscal crisis, "Prioritized list", Mental Health Plan

| Mar 22, 2019 | Alaska

With the budget dominating all policy conversations in Alaska this time of year, we spent a fair amount of time this month in the weeds on the topic. From this, I'm reminded of Val Kilmer's famous line from Tombstone: the current fiscal crisis is a reckoning for Alaska that has been...[ Read More ]

Putting Alaska’s fiscal crisis in context

| Mar 21, 2019 | Alaska

There’s a sign on the wall at Bubba’s Burgers in Kauai, a place my family likes to crash on holiday. It says “Our burgers are good, fast and cheap.  Pick two.” That’s sort of a truism that can be applied to health care in general. For a system that seeks...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Chad Jensen, LaTouche Pediatrics, LLC

Emily Boerger | Mar 18, 2019 | Alaska

Chad Jensen is the Office Manager at LaTouche Pediatrics, LLC. He joins us in this edition of What They're Watching to discuss meaningful use and value-based care. “One of the big things we're watching right now is the transition from meaningful use to value-based models. We were the first ones...[ Read More ]

Alaska's 'Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan' draft released

Emily Boerger | Mar 14, 2019 | Alaska

The Department of Health & Social Services, in collaboration with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, recently released a draft of their 2020-2024 Strengthening the System: Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan. The purpose of the program plan is to provide a blueprint for the creation of a comprehensive integrated...[ Read More ]

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