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 Affordable Care Act Update - Deadline Today http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/december2014/acaupdatedeadlinetoday http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/december2014/acaupdatedeadlinetoday Monday, December 15, 2014 ]]> Please note that there are two important deadlines today related to the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment:

  1. If you purchased a health insurance plan through the Marketplace in 2014, you are encouraged to update your information by the end of today – including updating your income information and reviewing your coverage, as well as comparing it to other available plans, some of which may be new and better than your current coverage; or
  2. While open enrollment goes until February 15, 2015, if you want to purchase coverage that starts on January 1, 2015, you need to enroll by today.

Remember, if you are eligible for IHS but are not a member of a Tribe, your only chance to enroll is during the Open Enrollment period, which ends on February 15, 2015. Members of Tribes can enroll monthly even after Open Enrollment ends.

For more information, please go to www.healthcare.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.


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Notice of Proposed Rule-Making: Medicare-Like Rates http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/december2014/noticeofproposedrulemakingmedicarelikerates http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/december2014/noticeofproposedrulemakingmedicarelikerates Friday, December 5, 2014 ]]> Today, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register to amend the current rule to apply Medicare payment methodology to all physician, other health care professional, and non-hospital based services that are authorized for purchase by the IHS and tribal Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) program or urban Indian health programs. Comments provided by Tribes during consultation in the last year provided overwhelming support for Medicare-Like Rates (MLR) for physician and non-hospital-based services similar to the current authorization for hospital-based services, and the Government Accountability Office has estimated that this could save IHS millions of dollars on referred care. The NPRM is seeking comment on how to establish reimbursement that is consistent across federal health care programs, aligns payment with inpatient services, and enables IHS to expand beneficiary access to medical care. It also is seeking comment on whether facilities should be allowed to negotiate a rate higher than the MLR in certain circumstances. Comments are due 45 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. IHS plans to convene the PRC Tribal Workgroup to review the proposed rule during the comment period, and encourages Tribes to comment. Here is a fact sheet [PDF - 45K] on the NPRM, and the Federal Register notice can be found here Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.


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December 2014 Blogs http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/december2014 http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/december2014 Monday, December 1, 2014 ]]>
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IHS Bemidji Area Listening Session http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/ihs-bemidji-area-listening-session http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/ihs-bemidji-area-listening-session Wednesday, November 26, 2014 ]]> IHS held a listening session with Tribes from the IHS Bemidji Area. Here are pictures from the session:

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IHS Albuquerque Area Consultation http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/ihs-albuquerque-area-consultation http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/ihs-albuquerque-area-consultation Tuesday, November 25, 2014 ]]> I held a conference call with Tribes in the IHS Albuquerque Area during their consultation session with the Area. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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IHS Alaska Area Listening Session http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/ihs-alaska-area-listening-session http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/ihs-alaska-area-listening-session Tuesday, November 25, 2014 ]]> IHS held a listening session with Tribes in the IHS Alaska Area. Here are pictures from the session:

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National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/national-tribal-advisory-committee-on-behavioral-health http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/national-tribal-advisory-committee-on-behavioral-health Monday, November 24, 2014 ]]> The IHS National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health met in August. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Southern California Youth Regional Treatment Center Groundbreaking http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/southern-california-youth-regional-treatment-center-groundbreaking http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014/southern-california-youth-regional-treatment-center-groundbreaking Monday, November 24, 2014 ]]> A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August for the Southern California Youth Regional Treatment Center. Here are pictures from the event:

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November 2014 Blogs http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014 http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/november2014 Saturday, November 1, 2014 ]]>
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Affordable Care Act Exemption for Individuals Eligible for Services from an IHS Provider http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/october2014/affordable-care-act-exemption-for-individuals-eligible-for-services-from-an-ihs-provider http://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/directorsblog/october2014/affordable-care-act-exemption-for-individuals-eligible-for-services-from-an-ihs-provider Friday, October 3, 2014 ]]> This week I sent a letter to Tribes reporting that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell made an announcement at last month’s Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting that individuals eligible to receive health care from an Indian Health Service (IHS), tribal, or urban Indian health care provider will be able to claim an exemption from the shared responsibility payment through the tax filing process starting with the 2014 tax year. Please see letter [PDF - 23KB] and diagram [PDF - 80KB] for further information. We also posted a press release last week.

We are grateful to Secretary Burwell and the Treasury Department for helping make this important Tribal recommendation a reality!


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