Chief Clinical Consultants
The National Council of Chief Clinical Consultants (NC4) is the organization of the Chief Clinical Consultants (CCC) of the United States Indian Health Service. Our mission is to improve American Indian / Alaska Native Peoples' health and wellness by providing experienced, expert medical discipline and specialty support and consultation to the Director of the Indian Health Service and those individuals and organizations involved in American Indian / Alaska Native People's health care, and by working to involve resources and influence of government, public and professional organizations.
This website is being set up under the authority of the NC4 with the technical assistance of the IHS web team. We hope that this will allow everyone over the vast Indian country to access our expertise and find up-to-date information about issues that they confront in managing medical aspects of their facilities. Please direct technical concerns or questions about the website or its construction to the Webmaster. Please direct your comments, suggestions, or constructive criticism on the content on the website to me at nmurphy@SouthcentralFoundation.com.
The National Council of Chief Clinical Consultants is a permanent council of the Indian Health Service, composed of the Chief Clinical Consultants, who are appointed by the Director of the Indian Health Service. All CCC's are full-time employees of a Native Corporation, Urban, Tribal or Indian Health Service program, are board certified, registered or certified as appropriate for their discipline/specialty, and have significant experience in the discipline/specialty within the Native American healthcare system. New appointments are for five years at the discretion of the Director of the Indian Health Service.
The Chief Clinical Consultants are advocates for improved patient care at all levels of Native Corporation, Tribal, Urban, and IHS programs. We provide consultation to facilitate improved care, as the self-governance transition proceeds. We are available to provide services to any Tribal, Urban or IHS facility, which include:
- Site evaluation/program review
- Establishment and review of standards of care
- Peer Review
- Development and review of policy and procedure
- Facilitation of Continuing Education specific to Indian Health
- Tort claim review and risk management
- Recruitment and credentialing
- Facility planning
- Circular 2005-09 – National Council of Chief Clinical Consultants Charter