Medicaid claims delayed for Alaska providers

Healthcare providers in Alaska that accept Medicaid will have to wait a little longer to get paid, according to a Peninsula Clarion report.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recently notified providers that the department would not be able to pay them for treatment provided to some Medicaid patients until the next fiscal year begins on July 1.

DHSS director Margaret Brodie told providers in a letter that payment would be delayed because the department is "challenged by a tight budget situation" and would "temporarily pend some Medicaid claims while Medicaid funds are reallocated among accounts," according to the report.

DHSS expects to decide weekly which claims to suspend and which to pay.

"We would look to providers that rely on the weekly Medicaid payment cycle the most," DHSS Deputy Director for Health Care Service Lori Campbell said, according to the Peninsula Clarion. "...They would be providers who provide direct care to recipients and for whom a weekly payment cycle is vital to the operation of the business."


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