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Aetna Preferred Provider

Aetna Preferred Provider

We have great news for our patients employed with the State of Alaska.  As of April 1st, 2017, AkHES is a preferred provider with Aetna!

What does this mean for you?  This means that claims will be paid at the in-network benefit level, meaning you will pay less money out of pocket for both your deductible and out-of-pocket expenses.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting announcement, please give us a call at (907) 771-3500 and select option 4 to speak with our billing department.

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Now In-Network with Premera

Now In-Network with Premera

We are happy to announce that we are now in-network with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield (including Federal Blue Cross)!

What does this mean for you as a patient?  This means that claims will be paid at the in-network benefit level, meaning you will pay less money out of pocket for both your deductible and out-of-pocket expenses.  Becoming preferred with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield is just another way that AkHES can better serve you, our patients!

If you have any questions regarding this exciting announcement, please give us a call at (907) 771-3500 and select option 4 to speak with our billing department.

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Proud Sponsor of Team #9 in the 2016 Iron Dog

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Dr. McNamara poses with Team #9 at the Iron Dog Safety Expo at Cabela’s on Wednesday.

We are proud to sponsor Team #9, Jordan Starr and Joshua Plumb, in the 2016 Iron Dog Pro Class Race. The Iron Dog is the world’s longest, toughest snowmachine race, with 2,031 rugged Alaska miles to cover and 41 teams competing for the Iron Dog cash payouts, totaling $145,000 this year, as well as other contingency prizes. The ceremonial start will take place in downtown Anchorage this Saturday (2/20), and the official race start will be at Big Lake on Sunday (2/21).

Jordan Starr moved to Alaska when he was 4. He works as an A&P aircraft mechanic, and has his pilot’s license. Jordan enjoys everything that Alaska has to offer including flying, camping, snowmachining, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Joshua Plumb is a lifelong Alaskan from Eagle River. He is enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage seeking a business degree, and works as a heavy equipment operator. When Josh is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking trips to the cabin, snowmobiling, and traveling. Josh and his wife Kateland have a 3 year old daughter named Elodie.

We wish Jordan & Joshua all the best in the 2016 Iron Dog Pro Class Race this weekend! GO TEAM #9!

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Congratulations to our 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in our 3nd Annual Alaska Photo Contest. This year our participants collectively submitted 89 beautiful photos of Alaska! We are happy to announce our favorite captures in each of the 3 Alaska categories:

1ST PLACE – Alaska Wildlife
“1, 2, 3 – Ready or not here I come!” by Channcie B.

Channcie Bean 4

1ST PLACE – Alaska Scenery
by Roger N.

Roger Nordlund 2

1ST PLACE – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“A Puppy’s Eyes” by Corbin H.

Corbin Hiett 1

Since we had such AMAZING photos, we would also like to recognize the runner-up in each category. Here are the 3 honorable mention winners:

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Wildlife
“Kung Fu Bear” by Channcie B.

Channcie Bean 1

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Scenery
“Volcano Redoubt” by Jeff B.

Jeff Bonin 1

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“Autumn Float to Skilak Lake” by Barbara S.

Barbara Seward 3

Thanks again to all our participants. Keep an eye out for our 4th Annual Alaska Photo Contest coming in Fall 2016!

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Proud Sponsor of 4-time Iditarod champion, Martin Buser

Proud Sponsor of 4-time Iditarod champion, Martin Buser

Four days before the 2005 Iditarod, Dr. McNamara received a call from his close friend, Martin Buser. An incident with a table saw left Martin with three mangled fingers on his right hand. After a 2 1/2 hour surgery, including an amputated finger, Dr. McNamara delivered the bad news. Martin could not compete, to which Martin replied, “Doc, you leave that to me-do your part and leave the rest up to me.” Determined to continue his 20 year love of racing in the Iditarod, Martin set off down the Iditarod trail covering nearly 1200 miles, stitches and all, to come in 13th place with only 9 1/2 fingers! “Martin’s long finger is no longer his long finger,” said Dr. McNamara, but obviously even such an extreme injury could not dishearten this spirited musher. At the conclusion of the Iditarod, Dr. McNamara was pleased to find that Martin’s amputated middle finger had healed better than most amputations considering that Martin had constantly used his hands both on and off the trail. With four 1st place finishes, Martin Buser is not only an esteemed competitor, but also an example of fortitude and endurance.

With the 2015 Iditarod race only weeks away, all of the providers and staff at AkHES wish Martin Happy Trails!

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Proud Sponsor of Iron Dog Team #9: Jordan Starr & Joshua Plumb

Proud Sponsor of Iron Dog Team #9: Jordan Starr & Joshua Plumb

This is our second year sponsoring Jordan and Joshua, and coincidentally, their second year racing in the Iron Dog. The Iron Dogis the world’s longest, toughest snowmachine race, with 2,031 ruggedAlaska miles to cover and 37 team competing for the Iron Dog CashPayouts, totaling $130,000 this year, and other contingency prizes.There will be a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage this Saturday(2/21), and the official race start will be at Big Lake on Sunday (2/22).

Jordan moved to Alaska when he was 4. He’s a commercial fisherman in the summer in Bristol Bay. Jordan received his pilot’s license, and works as an A&P mechanic. He enjoys everything that Alaska has to offer, including flying, camping, snowmachining, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Joshua is a lifelong Alaskan from Eagle River. He is enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage seeking a business degree, and works as an operator in the construction field. When Josh is not working he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, trips to the cabin, snowmachining, camping and traveling.

We wish Jordan and Joshua all the best in the 2015 Iron Dog Pro Class Race this weekend! Go Team #9!

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Congratulations to our 2014 Photo Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Alaska Photo Contest! This year we had 15 participants who collectively submitted 41 stunning photos. We are pleased to announce the following 1st place winners in each of the 3 Alaska categories:

1ST PLACE – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“Trimaran at Rest” by Linda G.

1st Place Alaska Activities - Trimaran at Rest by Linda G.

1ST PLACE – Alaska Wildlife
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Judith C.

1st Place Alaska Wildlife - Bohemian Rhapsody by Judith C.

1ST PLACE – Alaska Scenery
“Time to Reflect” by Linda G.

1st Place Alaska Scenery - Time to Reflect by Linda G.

Since we had such fantastic competition, we also awarded an honorable mention in each category!

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Outdoor Activities
“Sleeping Beauty” by Bernadette M.

Honorable Mention Alaska Outdoor Activities by Bernadette M.

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Wildlife
“The Leader” by Sabra N.

Honorable Mention Alaska Wildlife - The Leader by Sabra N.

HONORABLE MENTION – Alaska Scenery
“Winter Kissed City” by Jessica M.

Honorable Mention in Alaska Scenery - Winter Kissed City by Jessica M.

Thanks again to all our participants. Keep an eye out for our 3rd Annual Alaska Photo Contest coming in Fall 2015!

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AkHES Welcomes Board Eligible and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Kevin C. Paisley

AkHES Welcomes Board Eligible and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Kevin C. Paisley

Kevin C. Paisley, D.O., joined our team at Alaska Hand-Elbow-Shoulder on September 1st, 2014. As a board eligible and fellowship trained shoulder and elbow surgeon, Dr. Paisley’s specialized care includes complex shoulder and elbow joint replacement surgery as well as arthroscopy, fracture care, and shoulder and elbow revision surgery. He has additional expertise in sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, as well as hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Paisley completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida before attending medical school. In 2008 he graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013, he moved to Texas for a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the University of Texas-San Antonio with Drs. Charles Rockwood Jr., Michael Wirth, Bernard Morrey Sr., Stephen Burkhart, and Anil Dutta.

Dr. Paisley is currently accepting new patient appointments for the evaluation and treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders as well as sports injuries and knee conditions. He accepts most insurance plans, including, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, United Healthcare, and Worker’s Compensation. Patients in need of specialty shoulder, elbow, or knee care are encouraged to call our office at (907) 771-3500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paisley.

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