Archived Regulations and Public Notices


Medicaid Regulations Filed: Cost Containment


Emergency Medicaid cost containment regulations were filed by the Lieutenant Governor and are permanent, effective October 25, 2019. The signed regulations are available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=195583.


Posted: 09/27/2019 Archived: 10/03/2019



Proposed Regulations: Medicaid Transportation and Accommodation Services


On August 29, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed changes to Medicaid transportation and accommodation services regulations. The public comment period ends on October 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. The proposed regulations and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/30/2019 Archived: 10/24/2019



Proposed Regulations: Medicaid Vision Services


On August 26, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed changes to Medicaid vision services regulations. The public comment period ends on October 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. The proposed regulations and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/27/2019 Archived: 10/24/2019



Public Hearing: Medicaid Vision Services


A public hearing regarding proposed changes to Medicaid vision services regulations will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. AKT on September 23, 2019 at the Frontier Building, Room 880/890, 3601 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted. The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/27/2019 Archived: 09/24/2019



Proposed Regulations: 72 Hour Documentation Requirement and Provider Self-Audits


On August 14, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed changes to the 72 hour documentation rule and provider self-audits regulations. The public comment period ends on October 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. The proposed regulations are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/15/2019 Archived: 10/07/2019



Proposed Regulations: HCBW and Day Habilitation Services


On August 8, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulations to implement changes to home and community based waiver and day habilitation services. The public comment period ends on September 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. The proposed regulations are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/12/2019 Archived: 10/07/2019



Public Hearing: Proposed HCBW and Day Habilitation Services Regulations


On August 8, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulations to implement changes to home and community based waiver and day habilitation services. Public hearing will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. AKT on September 13, 2019 at the Atwood Building, Room 102, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted. The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/12/2019 Archived: 09/24/2019



Public Hearing: Medicaid Telemedicine Coverage and Payment


On August 9, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulations to implement changes to Medicaid telemedicine services. A public hearing will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. AKT on September 13, 2019 at the Frontier Building, Room 880/890, 3601 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted. The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 08/12/2019 Archived: 09/24/2019



Proposed Regulations: Health Care Services Price Transparency


On July 18, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulations to implement AS 18.23.400 that requires disclosure and reporting of health care services, price, and fee information. The public comment period ends on September 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. The proposed regulations are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 07/22/2019 Archived: 10/07/2019



Public Hearing: Proposed Health Care Services Price Transparency Regulations


On July 18, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulations to implement AS 18.23.400 that requires disclosure and reporting of health care services, price, and fee information. A public hearing will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. AKT on August 28, 2019 at 3601 C Street, Room 880, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted. The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 07/22/2019 Archived: 08/30/2019



Emergency Medicaid Regulations Filed: 1115 Waiver Services Coverage and Payment


Emergency Medicaid 1115 Waiver Services Coverage and Payment regulations are effective July 1, 2019. The regulations are available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=194744.


Posted: 07/01/2019 Archived: 09/24/2019



Emergency Medicaid Regulations Filed: Cost Containment


Emergency Medicaid cost containment regulations are effective July 1, 2019. The regulations are available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=194742 and https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=194743.


Posted: 07/01/2019 Archived: 09/24/2019



Delayed Implementation of Durable Medical Equipment Regulations


Durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) and supplies regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services and filed by the Lieutenant Governor with a June 2, 2019 effective date. Implementation of the DME segment of the regulations has been postponed until July 2, 2019; all other segments of the regulations will be implemented on June 2, 2019 as planned. For more information, see “DME/P&O Regulations: FAQs” available on the Provider Updates page.


Posted: 06/04/2019 Archived: 08/26/2019



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver, Nursing Oversight, and Care Management Services


New Medicaid home and community-based waiver, nursing oversight, and care management services were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective June 13, 2019. The signed regulations are available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=194279.


Posted: 05/15/2019 Archived: 09/24/2019



Proposed Regulations: Medicaid Behavioral Health Services and Requirements for Behavioral Health Providers


On May 13, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to behavioral health services. The public comment period ends on July 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT.


The proposed regulations and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 05/14/2019 Archived: 08/26/2019



Public Hearing: Proposed Medicaid Behavioral Health Services and Requirements for Behavioral Health Providers Regulations


On May 13, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to behavioral health services. A public hearing will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. AKT on June 11, 2019 at 3601 C Street, Room 880, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted.


The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 05/14/2019 Archived: 07/01/2019



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Supplies Coverage and Payment


New DME/POS regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective June 2, 2019. The signed regulations are available at Alaska Online Public Notices. Overviews of the regulations for Durable Medical Equipment providers, Prosthetic and Orthotics providers, and Home Infusion Therapy providers are available on the Provider Updates page.


Posted: 05/07/2019 Archived: 06/04/2019



Proposed Regulations: Pioneer Home Rates and Levels of Service (Supplemental Notice)


On April 16, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a supplemental notice regarding proposed changes to Pioneer Home rates and levels of service. The supplemental notice and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 04/17/2019 Archived: 07/01/2019



Proposed Regulations: Pioneer Home Rates and Levels of Service


On April 9, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to Pioneer Home rates and levels of service. The public comment period ends on June 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 04/10/2019 Archived: 07/01/2019



Public Hearing: Pioneer Home Rates and Levels of Service


On April 9, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a notice of public hearing regarding proposed changes to Pioneer Home rates and levels of service. The public hearing will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on May 28, 2019 at each of the six Pioneer Homes, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted. The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 04/10/2019 Archived: 06/05/2019



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Coverage and Payment for Home Health Care


New Medicaid home health care services regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective May 1, 2019. The signed regulations are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 04/03/2019 Archived: 07/01/2019



Department of Health and Social Services Regulations Filed: Statewide Immunization Program


New immunization program regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective March 24, 2019. The signed regulations are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/20/2019 Archived: 07/01/2019



Notice of Amended Version of Material Previously Adopted by Reference: HCPCS


On March 6, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing the adoption of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), 2019 Edition, effective January 1, 2019. The notice and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/11/2019 Archived: 6/11/2019



Notice of Amended Version of Material Previously Adopted by Reference: CPT


On March 6, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing the adoption of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Standard Edition, 2019, effective January 1, 2019. The notice and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/11/2019 Archived: 6/11/2019



Notice of Amended Version of Material Previously Adopted by Reference: Federal Poverty Guidelines


On March 6, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing the adoption of the 2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines, effective January 31, 2019. The notice, 2019 Federal Poverty Guidelines, and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/11/2019 Archived: 6/11/2019



Notice of Amended Version of Material Previously Adopted by Reference: ICD-10-CM


On March 6, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing the adoption of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), 2019 Edition, effective January 1, 2019. The notice and additional information are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/11/2019 Archived: 6/11/2019



Proposed Regulations: Mental Health Physician Clinic Coverage


On March 5, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to mental health physician clinic coverage. The public comment period ends on May 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. AKT.


The proposed regulations and additional details are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/07/2019 Archived: 06/05/2019



Public Hearing: Mental Health Physician Clinic Coverage Proposed Regulations


On March 5, 2019, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a notice of public hearing regarding proposed regulation changes to mental health physician clinic coverage. The public hearing will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AKT on April 12, 2019 at 3601 C Street, Room 880, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted.


The public hearing notice, notice of proposed regulations, and additional details are available at Alaska Online Public Notices.


Posted: 03/07/2019 Archived: 04/16/2019



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Coverage and Payment and Medicaid End Stage Renal Disease Facility Enrollment Requirements and Rates


New Medicaid end stage renal disease regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective March 24, 2019. The signed regulations are available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 02/25/2019 Archived: 07/01/2019



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Payment Rates for Behavioral Health Services


New Medicaid behavioral health services rate regulations were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, filed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective January 1, 2019. The signed regulations are available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 11/19/2018 Archived: 04/03/2019



DHSS Regulations Filed: Disease Monitoring, Control, and Reporting


New and revised regulations related to the monitoring, control, and reporting of diseases of public health importance were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective November 30, 2018. A copy of the signed regulations is available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 11/19/2018 Archived: 04/03/2019



Proposed Regulations and Public Hearing: Medicaid Coverage - Home Health


On November 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to home health services. The public comment period ends on December 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. AKT.


A public hearing will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. AKT on December 10, 2018 at 3601 C Street, Room 890, Anchorage, AK 99503, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted.


The proposed regulations and additional details are available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 11/19/2018 Archived: 01/02/2019



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Prospective Payment System


New regulations affecting providers with prospectively determined rates were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective November 10, 2018. The signed regulations are available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 10/12/2018 Archived: 02/22/2019



Request for Comments: 1915c Waiver Amendments


The Division of Senior and Disabilities Services requests comments from waiver service providers, recipients, and other stakeholders on amendments to Alaska's five 1915c home and community-based waiver programs, prior to the department's submission of amendments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Comments are due by November 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. AKT. Details about the amendments and how to submit your comments are available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=191637.


Posted: 10/04/2018 Archived: 11/19/2018



Proposed Regulations and Public Hearing: Medicaid Coverage - HCBW Services, Nursing Oversight, and Care Management


On October 1, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to HCBW services, nursing oversight, and care management. The public comment period ends on November 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. AKT.


A public hearing will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. AKT on November 2, 2018 at 550 W. 7th Avenue, Room 104, Anchorage, AK 99501, at which time oral and written comments will be accepted.


The proposed regulations and additional details are available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=191603.


Posted: 10/02/2018 Archived: 11/19/2018



Proposed Medicaid Payment Rate Public Meeting September 27, 2018


The Office of Rate Review will conduct a public hearing on proposed Medicaid payment rates for selected hospitals and long-term care facilities at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The public hearing will be held in the Office of Rate Review conference room located at 3601 C Street, Suite 978, Anchorage, AK. Attendees may call-in via teleconference at 800.315.6338 and use participant code 24471.


To request a copy of the proposed rates, submit a written request to Christine Goetz, at christine.goetz@alaska.gov The current Medicaid rates are available on the Office of Rate Review's webpage at http://dhss.alaska.gov/Commissioner/Pages/RateReview/default.aspx, click on Rate Memo.


Posted: 09/24/2018 Archived: 10/02/2018



Responses to Questions: Proposed Medicaid Payment Rates, Behavioral Health Services Regulations


On June 15, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to community behavioral health services Medicaid rates. The public comment period for the proposed regulations closed on August 2, 2018. Responses to questions received during the public comment period and a link to the original public notice are both available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=190870.


Posted: 09/07/2018 Archived: 11/19/2018



Responses to Questions: Proposed Prospective Payment System Regulations


On June 15, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to the prospective payment system methodology and criteria. The public comment period for the proposed regulations closed on August 2, 2018. Responses to questions received during the public comment period and a link to the original public notice are both available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=190868.


Posted: 09/07/2018 Archived: 10/12/2018



Medicaid Regulations Filed: Community First Choice, LTC, TCM, and HCBW


New and revised regulations affecting Community First Choice services, long-term services and targeted case management, and home and community-based waiver services were adopted by the Department of Health and Social Services, signed by the Lieutenant Governor, and are effective October 1, 2018. A copy of the signed regulations is available at Online Public Notice website.


Posted: 08/31/2018 Archived: 02/22/2019



Proposed End-Stage Renal Disease Regulations and Responses to Questions Received Now Available


On June 13, 2018, the Department of Health and Social Services issued a public notice announcing proposed regulation changes to facility and facility-based Medicaid coverage and payment rates for end-stage renal disease. The public comment period for the proposed regulations closed on August 2, 2018. Responses to questions received during the public comment period and a link to the original public notice are both available at https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=190869.


Posted: 08/21/2018 Archived: 11/19/2018