O&E Office Hours
The expanded coverage of telehealth services will begin
starting January 2014 and includes:
1. Expanding the geographic areas where telehealth service can be provided
into the fringes of metropolitan areas
2. Adding coverage for transitional care management services (CPT codes
99495 and 99496) and making explicit that coverage includes the Evaluation and
Management portion of these services
3. Adding coverage for chronic care services (CPT codes 99487-99489) for
patients with multiple chronic conditions that are expected to last at least 12
months or until the death of the patient, and that place the patient at
significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation, or functional
4. Slightly increasing the fee for originating (patient) sites to $24.63
Medicaid Expansion for Alaska: The Governor Says No
The Alaska Primary Care Association has been among the many Alaskan organizations and individuals in favor of Medicaid expansion in Alaska. However, following Friday's announcement by Governor Parnell that he will, instead, establish an Alaska Medicaid Reform Advisory Group to research, evaluate, and recommend improvements to the State's Medicaid system, APCA stands ready to support this effort. We remain committed to working toward a time when all Alaskans have access to comprehensive, coordinated, and excellent quality health care.
Keep an Eye on Your PCA!
HUGE announcement about New Access Points in Alaska: We have SIX! Congratulations to those organizations that applied. Read the press release here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/11/20131107a.html
Another important announcement is APCA's new Mental Health First Aid trainers. Congratulations to our CHC community's new 22 trainers! APCA's Cherise Fowler, Tom Taylor, and Consumer Board Representative Ellen Adlam all passed the test and and are the nation's newest trainers. Congratulations on your success and we look forward to hearing about upcoming trainings from the Trust Training Cooperative.
The following organizations now have a Trainer:
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Center
Eastern Aleutian Tribes
Camai Community Health Center
Sunshine Community Health Center
Cross Road Medical Center
Peninsula Community Health Services
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
SVT Health and Wellness
THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS!
We also want to make sure you are aware of the upcoming training in January. We have a 2-day training that will cover UDS for calendar year 2013 as well as ICD-10. Follow this link for more information.