Alaska Chief Medical Officer News | February 2020

From Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, MD, FACEP

Welcome to the February State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer (CMO) newsletter. This issue focuses primarily on the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19 (formerly called 2019-nCoV). — Full Article

In this issue:

What Providers Need to Know about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We provide you with important links and resources on COVID-19 for health care providers, plus FAQs. – Full Article

Pediatric Updates
Elementary schools statewide can sign up for the free PLAAY Day, when children all across the state can get moving at the same time. This year, PLAAY Day kicks off at 10 a.m., Feb. 20, and will continue for 30 minutes. A trio of Alaska dancers will teach kids fun ways to move, from ballroom to hip hop to Alaska Native dancing. Staff at elementary schools can sign up online.

Marijuana Use and Public Health in Alaska
New report summarizes marijuana use among youth, adults, and pregnant wormen. – Full Article.

Infectious Disease Updates
Read more about flu and syphilis. – Full Article.

Medicaid Updates
This month we share news about a new bus pass program and proposed regulations.  – Full Article.

Change in 72 Hour Rule - Effective 2/6/2020

Health care providers should be aware of the regulation change that has been adopted and became effective on Feb. 6, 2020. Please encourage all clinical, quality assurance, and business office staff to read and become familiar with the entire regulation change. For more information, read the Section 1115 Waiver Update e-memo and the order adopting the changes. If you have additional questions regarding clinical records and documentation timeframes email

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E-cigarette and vapor product use among Alaska youth, 2/12/20

Alaska Chronic Disease 2020 Brief Report, 2/7/2020

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Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Hypertension Learning Session, February 20 2020, 12:00-1:00 P.M.

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Each month, we will share a handful of podcasts, books and journal articles that we think may of interest to Alaska’s health care providers. – Full Article

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