Indian Health Service (IHS) Director's Corner Blog http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/ IHS Director's updates on important issues affecting the Indian Health Service. en-us Contract Support Costs Past Claims Settlement Update http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/august2014/contract-support-costs-past-claims-settlement-update http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/august2014/contract-support-costs-past-claims-settlement-update Friday, August 22, 2014 ]]> 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.

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IHS Joint Venture Construction Program http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/august2014/ihs-joint-venture-construction-program http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/august2014/ihs-joint-venture-construction-program Monday, August 4, 2014 ]]> 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].


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Association of American Indian Physicians Board of Directors Meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/association-of-american-indian-physicians-board-of-directors-meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/association-of-american-indian-physicians-board-of-directors-meeting Wednesday, July 16, 2014 ]]> 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

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Improving Patient Care 5 Meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/improving-patient-care-5-meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/improving-patient-care-5-meeting Wednesday, July 16, 2014 ]]> 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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IHS National Combined Councils Meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/ihs-national-combined-councils-meeting http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/ihs-national-combined-councils-meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014 ]]> 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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IHS Phoenix Area Listening Session http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/ihs-phoenix-area-listening-session http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/ihs-phoenix-area-listening-session Tuesday, July 15, 2014 ]]> 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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Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Site Visit in Wasilla, AK http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/benteh-nuutah-valley-native-primary-care-center-site-visit-in-wasilla-ak http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/benteh-nuutah-valley-native-primary-care-center-site-visit-in-wasilla-ak Monday, July 14, 2014 ]]> 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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National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/national-congress-of-american-indians-mid-year-conference http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/national-congress-of-american-indians-mid-year-conference Monday, July 14, 2014 ]]> I attended the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference in Anchorage, AK, in June. We held a BIA-IHS Contract Support Costs Listening Session and I provided an update in the plenary session. I also attended events to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Dental Health Aide Therapists Training Program and the National Library of Medicine's Native Voices Exhibit. Here are pictures from the conference:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference in Anchorage, AK, June 2014
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Tribal Delegation Meetings in June http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/tribal-delegation-meetings-in-june http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/july2014/tribal-delegation-meetings-in-june Friday, July 11, 2014 ]]> During the month of June, Tribal Delegation Meetings were held with the Navajo Nation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Here are pictures from the meetings:

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