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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

Federal Requirements Burden Small Medical Practices In Alaska

EHR, ICD-10 and PQRS may sound like alphabet soup to you. But most doctors around the country know exactly what those acronyms stand for. They are programs championed by the federal government to improve quality and bring medicine into the electronic age. But in Alaska, where small medical practices are the norm, the new requirements can be a heavy burden.

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August 19, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Over 11,000 Alaskans Receiving Health Insurance Refunds

More than 11,000 Alaskans are getting refunds from their health insurance companies. As part of the Affordable Care Act, companies have to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care and wellness. If they don’t hit that target, they are required to send refunds to customers.

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July 24, 2014 - 5:39 pm
Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

The state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai river. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon.

July 22, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Gov’s Office Considers Suing Xerox Over Botched System Rollout

The Governor’s office may sue Xerox Corporation for the bungled rollout of a new system to process Medicaid claims.

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July 10, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Rare Ribbon Seal Sighting In Prince William Sound

Rare Ribbon Seal Sighting In Prince William Sound

A federal wildlife technician got a rare treat in Prince William Sound yesterday (Weds). Marty Reedy was driving a boat for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seabird and marine mammal survey when a colleague pointed out a seal that didn’t look quite right. Reedy, who has also worked in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas knew immediately what the animal was- a ribbon seal.

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July 10, 2014 - 5:24 pm
For each hospital in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' analysis, Medicare calculated a preliminary “hospital acquired-condition” score from 1 to 10 (10 is the worst.) Hospitals getting the penalty, will lose 1 percent of each Medicare payment from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015. This data was analyzed by Kaiser Health News. (Graphic by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Medicare Will Penalize Alaska Hospitals For Patient Safety

The four largest hospitals in Alaska are facing Medicare payment penalties for the quality of their care. Providence, Alaska Regional, Alaska Native Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial are all in the bottom 25% nationally for the number of infections and serious complications patients get in their hospitals, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health News.

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June 23, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Health Care Broker Enroll Alaska Scales Back

Enroll Alaska is scaling back its business in the state. The division of Northrim Bank launched last year with plans to help tens of thousands Alaskans sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The company ended up with disappointing results and is now rethinking its strategy.

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June 13, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Report Says 12,000 Alaskans Without Reliable Access To Health Care

When Governor Sean Parnell decided to reject federal Medicaid expansion last fall, he asked for a study detailing the safety net services available to low income Alaskans. That report is out this week and it shows 12,000 Alaskans have no reliable access to health care, particularly specialty care.

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June 11, 2014 - 5:15 pm

State Report Identifies Gaps In Safety Net Care

When Governor Sean Parnell decided to reject federal Medicaid expansion last fall, he asked for a study detailing the safety net services available to low income Alaskans. That report is out this week and it shows 12,000 Alaskans have no reliable access to health care, particularly specialty care.

June 11, 2014 - 4:11 pm

New President At Premera Alaska Will Be Based In Seattle

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska has a new president. Jim Grazko is replacing Jeff Davis, who held the job for 17 years and is retiring at the end of June. Premera Alaska is the largest health insurer in the state, serving more than 100,000 customers.

May 22, 2014 - 10:17 am
Anchorage Scientist Studies Ancient Cancer For Clues To Modern Disease

Anchorage Scientist Studies Ancient Cancer For Clues To Modern Disease

Cancer is often described as a modern disease. But the skeletal remains of our ancient ancestors are marked by the ravages of cancer. And an Anchorage scientist- who’s a cancer survivor, thinks those prehistoric bones could hold clues to understanding how the disease works today.

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May 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm

13,000 Alaskans Enrolled With Healthcare.gov

About 13,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed March 31st. The two insurers offering plans on the exchange in Alaska shared their enrollment figures today with APRN.

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April 30, 2014 - 5:33 pm

BP Sells Some North Slope Assets To Hilcorp

BP announced Tuesday it’s selling some of its assets on the North Slope. The company will sell to aging oil fields – Endicott and Northstar – to Hilcorp, a company that is developing oil and gas wells in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp will also buy a 50 percent interest in two other fields- Milne Point and Liberty.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:21 pm

The 7.5 Million Obamacare Number Only Part Of The Story

Want to know how many people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare? Like the law itself, the answer is complicated. The administration is tracking the number of plans purchased on healthcare.gov and on the state exchanges. But the federal government isn’t counting the number of people buying plans directly from insurance carriers.

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April 14, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Alaska’s Health Insurers Call Marketplace Enrollment Figures Disappointing

The Obama administration announced today more than 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance on government run marketplaces by Monday’s enrollment deadline. In Alaska, the final numbers aren’t in yet. The two insurers on the state’s federally run marketplace are reporting they had 7,500 enrollees by mid March.

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April 1, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Health Insurers Brace For Confusion Over Deadline

March 31st is the deadline for signing up for health insurance. And insurance companies in Alaska are bracing for confusion over the deadline. They worry many Alaskans don’t realize they won’t be able to buy health insurance anywhere after that date.

March 28, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Two Alaskans, Two Very Different Affordable Care Act Experiences

The deadline to sign up for health insurance is next Monday, March 31st. To accommodate the last minute rush, the Obama administration announced this week you’ll be able to enroll as long as you begin the process before the end of the month. After that, you won’t be able to buy coverage on healthcare.gov, or anywhere, unless you have a qualifying life event, like getting married or having a child.

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March 26, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Tsunami Debris Clean Up Is Slowed By Huge Volume, Rugged Terrain

The state is planning an aerial survey this spring to figure out how much new debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami has arrived on Alaska’s shores. Environmental groups spent much of last summer cleaning up debris. But the state’s vast and rugged coastline has made it a slow and costly project.

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March 19, 2014 - 5:08 pm

With Deadline Approaching, More Alaskans Signing Up For Health Insurance

Alaskans working to sign people up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act say they’re seeing a big increase in enrollments this month. The boost comes as the March 31st open enrollment deadline approaches.

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March 18, 2014 - 5:27 pm

SHARP-II Program Under Fire

A State House committee has eliminated funding for a state program that helps medical professionals repay their student loans if they serve poor or rural patients. It’s called the SHARP-II program and clinics say it’s an essential tool to convince physicians and other medical professionals to care for patients in under-served communities.

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March 12, 2014 - 6:01 pm