In 2016, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 74 (SB74). Section 43 of SB74 adds AS 47.05.270
to the Medicaid statutes, creating the Medical Assistance Reform Program, also known as the Medicaid Reform Program. The purpose is to improve health outcomes and the quality, performance, and cost effectiveness of Alaska’s Medicaid Program. One of the requirements in SB74 directs the Department with stakeholder involvement to set annual quality and cost effectiveness targets and another requires the department to report on whether the annual targets have been met.
The Department convened the initial Medicaid Redesign Quality and Cost Effectiveness Targets Stakeholder Workgroup (Q&CE) October 2016 through August 1, 2017, to develop recommendations on measures the Department could use to evaluate and monitor the overall quality of the Medicaid program and help determine the cost effectiveness of program expenditures. The Alaska Medicaid Redesign Quality and Cost Effectiveness Targets Report, August 2017
, transmits the workgroup’s measure and target recommendations to the Department.
Information in these reports, applicable to state fiscal year, is used to inform the annual Medicaid Reform Report submitted to the Legislature on or before November 15. For more information see Healthy Alaska Medicaid Redesign.