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Posted on Sep 22, 2014

NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship Program

I met with the finalists of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Native Graduate Health Fellowship Program in July. Here's a picture from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Finalists from the NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship Program, July 2014


Posted on Sep 22, 2014

Contract Support Costs Update

On Friday, September 19, 2014, IHS held an all-Tribes Call/Webinar to provide an update on Contract Support Costs (CSC). Based on work with IHS staff and Tribes to reconcile ongoing CSC need as well as to complete as many negotiations as possible, the amount of reprogramming for CSC is lower, but still significant. Here is a copy of the updated slides [PDF - 197 KB] used on the webinar. IHS will provide further updates as needed. We appreciate the recommendations received from Tribes for a long-term solution, and they are under review.


Posted on Sep 15, 2014

Contract Support Costs Update

An All Tribes Call/Webinar was held today to provide an update on Contract Support Costs (CSC) appropriations. As promised on the call today, here is the letter [PDF - 65 KB] sent to Tribes on September 2, 2014, and a copy of the slides [PDF - 376 KB] from today's webinar. IHS will host another update in the near future. We are working with Tribes on recommendations for long-term solutions to the CSC appropriations issue as requested by Congress. We appreciate the discussions we have had with tribal leaders on the importance of focusing on solutions as soon as possible.


Posted on Aug 22, 2014

Contract Support Costs Past Claims Settlement Update

IHS continues to make progress on settlement of past claims for Contract Support Costs (CSC). Here is a chart showing progress as of August 22, 2014, compared to baseline data in November 2013. Of note, we have settled 490 CSC past claims to date for a value of over half a billion dollars. For Tribes with questions on the status of their past CSC claims, please contact your IHS Area Director.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - This chart shows the IHS Contract Support Costs (CSC) Claims Settlement Progress.  The baseline data from November 2013 shows three claims were settled for a value of $1.5 million.  In comparison, as of August 22, 2014, IHS has settled 490 CSC claims, for a value of $543.9 million.


Posted on Aug 4, 2014

IHS Joint Venture Construction Program

A new application cycle for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Joint Venture Construction Program was announced on August 1, 2014, in a letter [PDF - 27 KB]to Tribes. The pre-application is due on September 12, 2014. Here is the link to the Pre-Application Kit [PDF - 971 KB].


Posted on Jul 16, 2014

Association of American Indian Physicians Board of Directors Meeting

I met with the Board of Directors of the Association of American Indian Physicians in June. They were attending their National Native American Youth Initiative in Washington, D.C., and preparing for their Annual Conference coming up on July 22-27, 2014, in Denver, CO. Here is a picture from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Association of American Indian Physicians Board of Directors Meeting, June 2014


Posted on Jul 16, 2014

Improving Patient Care 5 Meeting

The Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 met at the same time as the National Combined Councils Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, in June. The group continued to learn how to implement principles of the patient-centered medical home, and here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 Meeting, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 Meeting, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 Meeting, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 Meeting, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 Meeting, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Improving Patient Care Cohort 5 Meeting, June 2014


Posted on Jul 15, 2014

IHS National Combined Councils Meeting

IHS held its National Combined Councils Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, in June. It was good to see all our administrative and clinical leaders in person since the meeting was last held in person in 2012. The meeting focused on continuing to make progress on our agency priorities and areas of interest of the Councils. The theme of the conference, "Access to Care…Achieving Equity in Health" was based on our mission and our commitment to ending health disparities in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities we serve. I met with 8 Councils: Chief Medical Officers, Chief Clinical Consultants, Area Executive Officers, Chief Executive Officers, Pharmacy, Nursing, Oral Health, and Clinical Directors. The plenary sessions included a focus on the Affordable Care Act; the Improving Patient Care initiative; prescription drug abuse; hospital consortium/quality/accreditation; recruitment, retention and human resources; and Meaningful Use and ICD-10 implementation. It was great to see the progress we have made on these issues and to hear recommendations for further progress. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Combined Councils opening remarks from Dr. Roubideaux
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Combined Councils opening remarks from CAPT Wil Darwin
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace Presentation
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace Presentation
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Hospital Consortium Presentation
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Chief Medical Officers
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Chief Clinical Consultants
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Executive Officers
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Chief Executive Officers
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Pharmacy Council
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Nurse Leadership Council
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Oral Health Council
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Clinical Directors
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Chief Medical Officers
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Clinical Directors
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Combined Councils attendees
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Combined Councils attendees
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Executive Officers


Posted on Jul 15, 2014

IHS Phoenix Area Listening Session

I conducted a Listening Session in the IHS Phoenix Area in June. Here are pictures from the listening session:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Phoenix Area Listening Session, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Phoenix Area Listening Session, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Phoenix Area Listening Session, June 2014


Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Site Visit in Wasilla, AK

I visited the Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla, AK, in June. This facility was constructed under the IHS Joint Venture Construction Program and opened in FY 2013. Here are pictures from the site visit:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center visit in Wasilla, AK, June 2014