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CMS Declares Alaska Public Health Emergency

In response to the 7.0 earthquake that occurred in southcentral Alaska on December 3, 2018, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in Alaska following the President’s emergency declaration on November 30, 2018. This declaration allowed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant an 1135 Waiver to aid healthcare facilities in providing uninterrupted care and long-term care facilities in providing care to Alaskans who are elderly or disabled.
 



Providers May Request AK-04 Forms Over E-mail


Providers may request supplies of the AK-04 (Travel Voucher) by submitting a request to AKtravelvoucher@conduent.com. Requests must include provider name, provider Alaska Medicaid ID number, quantity requested, and delivery address. Conduent will still accept requests for AK-04s submitted using the Healthcare Forms Order Request or requests from providers that contact Provider Inquiry. The AK-04 is a controlled form, each bearing a distinct identifying number. Providers must keep these controlled forms in a secure location.




CMS Certifies Alaska Medicaid MMIS


On September 28, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the Department of Health and Social Services’ request for certification of its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). Certification allows the department to receive 75 percent Federal Financial Participation (FFP) funds for costs associated with implementation of the system.



Training


Opioid Training/CEU Opportunity for Licensed Professionals


New Alaska legislation requires a minimum of two hours of continuing education in pain management, opioid use, and addiction for prescribing providers (unless you do not hold a valid DEA registration). For information on applicable courses, view the following flyers:



Medicaid Provider Training Schedule


Regulations and Public Notices


Medicaid Regulations Filed: Payment Rates for Behavioral Health Services

New Medicaid behavioral health services rate regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective January 1, 2019. The signed regulations are available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 11/19/2018



Proposed Regulations and Public Hearing: Medicaid Coverage – Home Health

On November 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to home health services. The public comment period ends on December 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. AKT.


A public hearing will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. AKT on December 10, 2018 at 3601 C Street, Room 890, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted.

The proposed regulations and additional details are available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 11/19/2018



DHSS Regulations Filed: Disease Monitoring, Control, and Reporting

New and revised regulations related to the monitoring, control, and reporting of diseases of public health importance were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective November 30, 2018. A copy of the signed regulations is available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 11/19/2018



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Prospective Payment System


New regulations affecting providers with prospectively determined rates were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective November 10, 2018. The signed regulations are available at Online Public Notice website


Posted: 10/12/2018



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Community First Choice, LTC, TCM, and HCBW

New and revised regulations affecting Community First Choice services, long-term services and targeted case management, and home and community-based waiver services were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective October 1, 2018. A copy of the signed regulations is available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 08/31/2018




Archived Regulations and Public Notices



Provider Resources


New Lead-Free Alaska Webpage Now Available

The Division of Public Health’s new information campaign titled “Get the Lead Out” seeks to educate Alaskans on child lead exposure and testing. As part of the Lead-Free Alaska initiative, a new webpage detailing the dangers of lead poisoning, blood lead testing recommendations, and exposure prevention tips is now available at Get the Lead Out.


Enhanced Automated Voice Response System


Call 855.329.8986 to access the following information:

 

- Member Eligibility
- Claim Status
- Provider Remittance Advice
- Service Authorization Schedule
- Fee Schedules
- Service Limits

 

The new AVR system is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, aside from scheduled maintenance periods. Callers must identify themselves using an active provider number and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN is assigned as part of the Provider Enrollment process and can be maintained via the AVR.

To learn more about the AVR system, the computer based training module AVR Overview is available on the Alaska Medicaid Learning Portal. You may also reference the Enterprise Quick Reference - AVR.


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