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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 ]

5 Things Alaska: Operating budget, Medicare Trustees Report, Commissioner Adam Crum

| Apr 22, 2019 | Alaska

Our Convening Panel meeting is coming up in May for our 2019 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. That event is set for October 2, 2019, and will be back at the Dena'ina. So, if you have topics that you'd like to suggest for consideration on this fall's agenda, let...[ Read More ]

Elizabeth Ripley testifies in support of Adam Crum

DJ Wilson | Apr 18, 2019 | Alaska

Elizabeth Ripley is the Executive Director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation.  She is also one of the most dynamic community health strategists of anyone I know in any of the nine states we cover.  I hold her in very high esteem. So, when she testified in support of Adam Crum,...[ Read More ]

Commissioner Crum fields questions on DHSS budget during confirmation hearing

Emily Boerger | Apr 17, 2019 | Alaska

Over the weekend, the House Health and Social Services Committee held its confirmation hearing for Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Commissioner Designee Adam Crum. During the over two-hour hearing, Representatives questioned Crum on a long list of agency decisions and policy recommendations currently making headlines. One topic that...[ Read More ]

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