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You Are Invited: Online Open House for Vision Care Providers

On Thursday June 18, 2020, Classic Optical will host the annual Vision Open House for both new and veteran vision providers and their staff who provide services to Alaska Medicaid and Denali KidCare recipients. This year, the open house will be held online, via GoToMeeting. You are welcome to attend one of the four sessions. Sessions are limited to 25 attendees.


For more information, including how to register, please see the 05/22/2020 flyer, Classic Optical Online Open House, available on the Provider Updates page, or contact Ryan Bender, Vision Services Program Manager, at ryan.bender@alaska.gov or 907.334.2419.



Prescription Drug Lookup Tool


Alaska Medicaid’s new Drug Lookup Tool, provided through Magellan Rx Management, is designed to assist Medicaid providers with general coverage status of drugs. Visit Alaska Medicaid Drug Lookup for more information. Final coverage determinations are made during claims adjudication; Drug Lookup does not provide cost limit, authorization, or service limit information.



Medicaid Budget Status: Pended Payments NOT Anticipated


Based on claims projections for the last 8 weeks of the fiscal year, the Department of Health and Social Services anticipates that budget-pended payments will NOT be necessary. In the unlikely event it is necessary to delay some payments, no action will be taken without adequate notification by the department via remittance advice message.



Emergency Room Behavioral Health Hold Extended


Alaska Medicaid's temporary expanded coverage for behavioral health observation bed services has been extended through 09/30/2020, terminating effective 10/01/2020. Billing requirements remain the same, and reimbursement continues to be limited to 120 hours per hold.


Questions? Please contact Sherri LaRue at sherri.larue@alaska.gov or 907.334.2656.



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


As Reopen Alaska Responsibly efforts continue, five Health Mandates that directly or indirectly impact Medicaid providers and recipients remain in effect. Please continue to observe to the requirements of Health Mandates 1, 10, 14, 15, and 18 until they expire or are superseded.



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.




Medicaid 1135 Waiver


Medicaid 1135 Waiver Status

On 04/02/2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved, in part, the Department of Health and Social Services' (DHSS) Medicaid 1135 Waiver request. DHSS will implement approved waiver provisions on an as needed basis, and will notify providers of the effective date of each change. Until DHSS notification is issued, services provided under waiver provisions will not be covered. Because RA messages are issued weekly, and changes are occurring on a daily basis, notices will be published on the Alaska Medicaid Health Enterprise home page as approved waivers are implemented.





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