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Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Aberdeen Area

Office of Resource Management - Contract Health

Welcome to the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service (IHS) Contract Health Service (CHS) Program information page. This page is intended to provide very basic information on the CHS Program; for more specific information please contact your local CHS program.

Aberdeen Area IHS consists of 15 IHS hospitals/health centers and 7 tribally operated health centers located throughout SD, ND, NE, & IA. Each IHS hospital/health center and tribally operated health center administer their own CHS program.

CHS funds are used in situations where the direct care element is incapable of providing required emergency and/or specialty care; patients are then referred to private sector health facilities. CHS is not an entitlement program and a CHS referral is not an implication care will be paid; it is a referral for medical services.

CHS funds are used to compliment and supplement other health care resources available to eligible patients. CHS funds may not be expended for services that are reasonably accessible and available at IHS/Tribal health care facilities. IHS may pay for authorized CHS care, only after all other alternate resources are exhausted; some examples of alternate resources are Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Insurance.

If IHS/CHS is requested to pay for health care at a Non-IHS/Tribal facility then patients must meet the following CHS requirements, proof is required.

  • Enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or descendant of an enrolled member
  • Residency Requirement (reside within the CHS Delivery Area)
  • Notify local CHS Program within 72 hours of receiving emergent care.
  • Medical Priority Requirement (emergent care)
  • Required use of alternate resources

For more information on the CHS programs in the Aberdeen Area IHS please contact Karla Hall, Area CHS Officer or Ed Chasing Hawk, Health System Specialist at (605) 226-7575.

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