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​State Medicaid HIT Plan (SMHP)


Division of Health Care Services (DHCS) completed its initial Medicaid Information Technology Architecture (MITA) State Self-Assessment (SS-A) in 2008 to support the current MMIS Replacement Project. The initial MITA SS-A did not include all of the elements to support development of this SMHP and as a result, a MMIS SS-A Update was conducted to revisit As Is and To Be business processes, assess MITA maturity levels according to MITA Framework 2.01 and develop a Technical Assessment and HIT Roadmap.


The approach taken during planning for Alaska’s EHR Incentive Program administration was to review MITA business processes, and identify and integrate the EHR Incentive Program processes into Alaska’s MITA business processes and existing day-to-day operations. In cases where processes did not exist, new processes were developed. Examples of these processes would include Alaska’s EHR Incentive Program eligibility determination, verification of member volume, attestation receipt and validation, and certain audit functions.


Alaska’s SMHP will provide readers with an understanding of activities DHCS will employ over the next five years to implement section 4201 Medicaid provision of the ARRA, focusing on the implementation of the EHR Incentive Program.  Subsequent sections of the SMHP provide a detailed description of the plan to implement and administer the Alaska’s EHR Incentive Program, including Alaska’s plans to:

  • Establish, administer, and oversee the program;
  • Obtain stakeholder input to assist with development and implementation of meaningful use definitions;
  • Capture attestations and reporting data electronically;
  • Disburse and monitor incentive payments;
  • Update the State’s electronic systems to improve functionality and interoperability;
  • Pursue incentives to encourage adoption, implementation, or upgrade of certified EHRs and meaningful use by eligible professionals (EPs) within their practices and by eligible hospitals (EHs) throughout the state;
  • Ensure Privacy and Security of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI); and
  • Prevent fraud and abuse

The ultimate goals for the State of Alaska are to improve access to health care and quality of health care for Alaskans. The DHSS vision for the future of HIT is a multi-year vision that consists of existing and planned projects and initiatives that will significantly contribute to Alaska’s health care transformation.  By leveraging implementation of new technologies such as a modernized MMIS, extending web based access to providers and members, EHRs, and HIE networks, DHSS will do its part in supporting a health care system for Alaska that places individual Alaskans, their families and communities at the center of their health care experience and ultimately shift the focus from treatment to prevention.  


Important State Medicaid HIT Plan Documents