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State wants mediation over Medicaid billing

...vendor Xerox Corp. to address problems with Alaska's new Medicaid payment system.Gov. Sean Parnell, in a statement Thursday...notification several times a week of providers no longer accepting new Medicaid patients or those suspending service until claims were settled...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-11/state-wants-mediation-over-medicaid-bil
State
My Turn: Learn benefits, take advantage of new health insurance policy

...Alaskans may still qualify for a special enrollment period, Medicaid or Denali Kid Care. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov...qualify, or contact Alaska 211 at 211. To speak with the Alaska Medicaid office, call 269-6529. The next open enrollment period...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-07-11/my-turn
Opinion
Filling in the (coverage) gaps

...announced that he would not be seeking Medicaid expansion in 2014, he asked me to analyze...income falls between eligibility for Medicaid and the subsidized federal Health Insurance...insurance, who are not eligible for Medicaid, and are not covered under another health...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-06-24/filling-coverage-gaps
Opinion
4 big hospitals face penalties for infection rates

...problems that could be avoided, from falls to bloodstream infections for patients with catheters.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services identified the Alaska hospitals falling into the lowest 25 percent through data from July 2012 to June 2013. Final...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-29/4-big-hospitals-face-penalties-infectio
State
Physicians pushing for on-call pay

...the hospital, told the Empire in an email.Houghton added that Providence does offer compensatation at approximately the Medicaid rate for specialists who work on uninsured patients after being called in.Juneau's orthopedic surgeons, however, do not...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-06-25/physicians-pushing-call-pay
Local
Dems introduce legislation to expand Medicaid

...push legislation this session to expand Medicaid in Alaska.Sen. Bill Wielechowski...told reporters Thursday that expanding Medicaid "makes sense both financially and morally...Parnell in November declined expanding Medicaid, which provides health care coverage...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-01-31/dems-introduce-legislation-expand-medic
State
Johnson wants politics out of expanding Medicaid

...provided cover for those skeptical of Medicaid expansion, but the issues are separate...this year, she said.On the issue of Medicaid expansion, while she acknowledged there...introduced legislation that would extend Medicaid eligibility to those up to 138 percent...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-05/johnson-wants-politics-out-expanding-me
State
Native health leaders stress Medicaid issues

...and one issue stood out among the rest: Medicaid.More specifically, delayed Medicaid payments from the state and a host of other...burden stem from the state switching its online Medicaid payment process system four months ago on Oct...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-06/native-health-leaders-stress-medicaid-i
State | AK legislature
Panel hears of concerns with Medicaid system

...Social Services Committee said the launch of the state's new Medicaid payment system made the rocky rollout of the federal health...responsible for government programs, said the company does Medicaid processing in other states, and the program built for Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-06/panel-hears-concerns-medicaid-system
State | AK legislature
Anchorage psychiatrist charged with fraud

...psychiatrist is accused of billing Medicaid more than $300,000 for services...of unrelated charges connected to Medicaid in what the state calls a continuing...crackdown on billing fraud.The Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has charged 77...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/anchorage-psychiatrist-charged-fraud
State

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