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Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Partners, Alaska DHSS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Carlson Center
 
Fairbanks North Star Borough community partners and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will conduct COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Carlson Center, 2010 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks from 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. on Fri. January 15 and Sat. January 16. Vaccines will be available to Alaskans 65 and older, health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and EMS who meet certain criteria and are eligible for the vaccine (Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1) only.


Appointments are required; walk-in vaccinations are not available. Vaccine supply remains limited. If more vaccine becomes available, this POD may be open on future dates. For more information, visit DHSS COVID-19 Vaccine Status Update or leave a message at 907.646.3322 for a return phone call.


Health care providers can help distribute vaccines by signing up to become a COVID-19 Vaccine provider.



Steps to Take When an Assisted Living Home Staff Member or Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19



Mat-Su Borough, Alaska DHSS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Alaska State Fairgrounds


Alaskans age 65 and older and health care workers can receive vaccinations starting 01/12/2021. Scheduling for those appointments begins 01/11/2021. Visit Alaska DHSS's January 8, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Press Release for more information.



Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska DHSS Announce COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Alaska Airlines Center


The Municipality of Anchorage Health Department Emergency Operations Center and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will conduct mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Alaska Airlines Center, 3550 Providence Drive from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sat. January 9, Sun. January 10, and Tues. January 12. Vaccines will be available to Alaskans 65 and older, health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, and EMS who meet certain criteria and are eligible for the vaccine (Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1) only.

Appointments are required; walk-in vaccinations are not available. Vaccine supply remains limited. If more vaccine becomes available, this POD may be open on future dates.

For more information, visit DHSS COVID-19 Vaccine Status Update or leave a message at 907.646.3322 for a return phone call. For additional Anchorage resources on testing, vaccines, and other COVID-19 information, visit Municipality of Anchorage Coronavirus Response or call 2-1-1.  

Health care providers can help distribute vaccines by signing up to become a COVID-19 Vaccine provider.



Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment: Open to Alaskans 65+ beginning January 6, 2021



January 6, 2021 Letter to Alaska Seniors from Dr. Anne Zink Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine


On 01/06/21, Dr. Anne Zink, DHSS Chief Medical Officer, issued a second COVID-19 vaccine update letter to Alaska’s Seniors. Visit Dr. Zink Letter to Alaska Seniors for the full text of the letter.



January 4, 2021 Letter to Alaska Seniors from Dr. Anne Zink Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine


On 01/04/21, a letter was released from Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer with the Department of Health and Social Services. The letter explains the Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force decision to open up appointment scheduling for seniors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit Dr. Zink Letter to Alaska Seniors for the full text of the letter.



COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Begins for Alaskans 65 and Older


Alaskans age 65 and older can receive vaccinations starting Monday, January 11. Scheduling for those appointments begins Wednesday, January 6. Visit Alaska DHSS’s January 4, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Press Release for more information.



Medicaid Regulations Filed: 48 Hour Observation Services Limit Eff. 01/28/2021


Regulations establishing a 48 hour observation limit are effective 01/28/2021, and temporary expanded coverage will end. Billing guidelines will be published prior to the effective date.



Invitation to Enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program


As COVID-19 vaccines become increasingly available, the Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force invites additional health care providers to consider enrolling in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Those enrolled in the program will order COVID-19 vaccine through the Alaska Immunization Program and administer vaccines according to the Alaska Vaccine Allocation Advisory Committee guidelines. For more information, visit Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Healthcare Workers.


Questions? Contact covid19vaccine@alaska.gov.



DSP Hire Assists Providers with filling Vacant Positions


Organizations and agencies that hire direct support professionals can now post available jobs at DSP Hire. The resource is available at no cost to providers and applicants. Questions? Contact kim@champneyconsulting.com.



Provider Self-Audit Enforcement


The Department of Health and Social Services would like to thank the many providers who have already completed and submitted their self-audits under 7 AAC 160.115. Due to the current Public Health Emergency and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, DHSS will not be strictly enforcing the deadline for provider self-audits until March 31, 2021. All providers are expected to adhere to 7 AAC 160.115 by that time and submit information earlier if possible. If you need technical assistance, our website provides helpful tools or you can email QAPIProgramIntegrity@alaska.gov.



Provider Class Action Settlement Announced


On 11/27/2020, a class action settlement was announced in the case of South Peninsula Hospital, et al. v. Xerox State Healthcare, n/k/a Conduent State Healthcare. The settlement applies to all Alaska Medicaid-enrolled providers that submitted Medicaid claims during the period from 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2016. For more information, including how to submit a claim, visit the settlement website.



2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


DHSS is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Learn more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)Please check back frequently for new information and important updates.



Contact Tracer Information


Do you want to serve as a contact tracer, or supervise contact tracers? Visit the DHSS Emergency Operations Center’s “How can I volunteer or help?” page for more information.



Health Mandates Remain in Effect


Please continue to monitor COVID-19 updates on the Reopen Alaska Responsibly page.



Alaska Responders Relief Line – 844.985.8275


Recognizing the unique stressors that providers face, the Division of Behavioral Health has established a 24/7 support line, 844.985.8275, for healthcare and behavioral professionals impacted by COVID personally and professionally. Staff supporting the call line recognize callers are often first responders and will allows callers to openly express their experiences and feelings serving Alaskans impacted by COVID. This service is also available to immediate family members of first responders who may be experiencing stress, anxiety and other hard to label emotions as a result of their loved one engaging on the front lines.



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