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Circular 13-02


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Indian Health Service
Rockville, Maryland 20852

Refer to: IHS/OTSG

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE CIRCULAR NO. 2013-02

Effective Date:  March 21, 2013

ERRATA NOTICE FOR THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE "SPECIAL GENERAL
MEMORANDUM REGARDING PHARMACY UNDER THE INDIAN SELF-
DETERMINATION ACT CONTRACTS AND COMPACTS PROGRAMS"

This errata notice rescinds the Indian Health Service (IHS) Special General Memorandum (SGM) No. 2000-02, "Special General Memorandum Regarding Pharmacy under the Indian Self-Determination Act Contracts and Compacts Programs," dated October 31, 2000.  The major reasons for rescinding this SGM are:

Special General Memorandum No. 2000-02 was an official response to the findings of an Office of Inspector General audit (CIN:  A-01-99-01502) that a Tribe had extended eligibility for the Indian Self Determination Act (ISDA) contracted pharmacy program to a substantial number of the Tribe's employees who were not otherwise eligible for IHS services.  As a result, this SGM directed Area Directors to:  "…review all ISDA contracts, compacts, and funding agreements and identify those agreements that contained language extending pharmacy benefits inappropriately to non-IHS beneficiaries."  This instruction has been accomplished.

The preferred method to obtain guidance regarding the provision of pharmaceuticals to non-beneficiaries is found in the Director, IHS' guidance document for negotiations, a privileged document that is not available for public distribution.  Area Directors and Agency Lead Negotiators are directed to contact the Director, Office of Tribal Self-Governance for further guidance.

Please discard your binder copies and any file copies of the SGM at your earliest convenience.

/Yvette Roubideaux, M.D./
Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H.
Director
Indian Health Service

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