Alaska Regional Hospital plans on opening a neighborhood health clinic in a vacant space on the corner of Mountain View Drive and Price Street.
The new location will allow the hospital to serve an unmet need in the area, CEO Julie Taylor said in a Friday afternoon press release. According to data from the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services, Mountain View is home to a disproportionately high number of Medicaid superusers — people who use emergency room services for non-emergency needs. The new Alaska Regional clinic will become the only primary care provider in the neighborhood.
The 2,200-square-foot space is owned by the Anchorage Community Land Trust, which leases the property’s other suites to several prominent local artists. ACLT Executive Director Kirk Rose said the partnership with Alaska Regional represents an important transformation for the building.
“It’s a game-changer,” he said.
Love it I think this is a great idea and I am happy to see something finally go in the space…. I do not have insurance but it will be nice to have a clinic close if I should need to see a doctor…..
Good. It will cut down on transportation costs, make it easier for people to get there, and free up the emergency room for emergencies.
Oh, and the hospital will still be able bill Medicaid, and get paid reduced amounts for services rendered. Meanwhile the people who pay for Medicaid, the hardworking, working, taxpayers of Mt. View and the country continue to slug away in the “Salt Mine” keeping the whole stinking mess afloat.
…so the hospital performs a service and needs to recoup $1,000 for its work. It knows it will only be paid 60% of its Medicaid invoice. So I guess it has to bill $1,667. Up go medical costs…. Flush it!
So–are they still going to have a pawn shop there? Just curious, as I may have to sell a kidney to pay for bloodwork. HA