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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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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 - Hospital Consortium Presentation
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - National Council of Chief Medical Officers
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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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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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Posted on Jul 14, 2014

National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference

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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Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Tribal Delegation Meetings in June

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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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tribal Delegation Meeting with Navajo Nation
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tribal Delegation Meeting with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe


Posted on Jul 11, 2014

HHS Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee met in June, and this was their last meeting with Secretary Sebelius. The Tribes took time to thank her for her support of tribal issues and gave her gifts. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - HHS Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting, June 2014
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Posted on Jul 10, 2014

United South and Eastern Tribes Veterans Affairs Committee

I met with the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Veterans Affairs Committee in Bar Harbor, ME at the USET Meeting in June. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - USET Veterans Affairs Committee, June 2014
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Posted on Jul 10, 2014

IHS Nashville Area Listening Session

I held a listening session with the Nashville Area Tribes at the United South and Eastern Tribes meeting in May in Bar Harbor, ME. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Nashville Area Tribes Listening Session, May 2014
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Posted on Jul 9, 2014

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

I met with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., when they held their meeting in Washington, D.C., in April. Here are pictures from that meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. Meeting, April 2014
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Posted on Jul 9, 2014

Tribal Delegation Meetings in May

Tribal Delegation Meetings were held with the following Tribes in May: Alaska Delegation, Oklahoma Coalition, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Salt River Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. Here are pictures from the meetings:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Alaska Delegation
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Posted on Jul 8, 2014

IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee

I met with the IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee at their Quarterly Meeting in May. They discussed issues related to IHS' provision of services in their communities, including the budget, purchased and referred care funding, the VA/IHS MOU and reimbursement agreement, contract support costs, and the need for more cultural competence training for providers. Here is a picture from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, May 2014


Posted on Jul 8, 2014

IHS Contract Support Costs Workgroup

I met with the IHS Contract Support Costs (CSC) Workgroup at their meeting after the Tribal Self-Governance Annual Conference. They continued their discussion of improving CSC estimates in the pre-award phase, discussed the FY 2014 CSC funding distribution, and continued discussions on ideas for the long-term solution to CSC appropriations. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - CSC Workgroup Meeting
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Posted on Jul 7, 2014

IHS Agency Lead Negotiators Meeting

In May, I met with the IHS Agency Lead Negotiators during their meeting after the Tribal Self-Governance Conference. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - IHS Agency Lead Negotiators Meeting, May 2014
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Posted on Jul 7, 2014

Tribal Self-Governance Annual Consultation Conference

I attended the annual Tribal Self-Governance Consultation Conference in Arlington, VA, in May, where I held an IHS Listening Session, participated in the BIA-IHS Consultation on Contract Support Costs, provided an IHS Update in the plenary session, and met with the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee in Executive Session. It was a great conference, and here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tribal Self-Governance Consultation Conference in Arlington, VA, May 2014
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Posted on Jul 3, 2014

Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc.

I met with Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc., and the National Council of Urban Indian Health in May. Here is a picture from the meeting.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc., May 2014


Posted on Jul 3, 2014

White House Council on Native American Affairs

The White House Council on Native American Affairs met on May 1, 2014. During the discussion, Secretary Sebelius discussed the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee as an example of how agencies can work together with Tribes. Here are some pictures from the U.S. Department of Interior, and their press release Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - White House Council on Native American Affairs, May 2014
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Posted on Jun 30, 2014

Contract Support Costs Update

Here is a chart with the latest update on IHS's progress on Contract Support Costs past claims settlements. Overall, approximately 900 pending claims have been or are in the process of being analyzed, and IHS has extended settlement offers on 410 claims and has settlements accepted or completed on 262 claims for a total settlement value of $448.8 million as of June 27, 2014. IHS will continue its work to make as many offers as possible on pending claims this year and will continue to provide regular updates. If Tribes have questions on the status of their claims, please contact your Area Director.

 
Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Bar graph showing IHS CSC claims settlement progress


Posted on Jun 26, 2014

Direct Service Tribes National Meeting

The IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee will be hosting their 11th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting on July 9-10 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, in Albuquerque, NM. We will discuss several issues, including the Affordable Care Act, recruitment and retention, purchased and referred care, healthcare facilities, contract support costs, and other direct service issues. To register please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DSTRegistration Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov or for more information, please visit http://www.ihs.gov/DSTNM/


Posted on Jun 20, 2014

President Obama’s Trip to North Dakota

Last Friday, I had the honor of attending President Obama’s visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. He attended the Tribe’s Annual Flag Day Celebration in Cannon Ball, ND. The Tribe did a great job hosting this well-coordinated event, and it was so much fun to see how excited the community members were for the visit.

The President’s speech is available here. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov The President announced new efforts to strengthen tribal communities through economic development and education. The fact sheet Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov posted on the White House website announced our new Veterans Hiring Initiative, and I will send you more details separately. There is also a great video Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov on the White House website that shows highlights from the day’s events. Here are a few of my photos from the event.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - President Obama’s Trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota
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Posted on Jun 20, 2014

Let’s Move! in Indian Country Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

On June 16, Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) celebrated its third anniversary at the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico. The Pueblo of Zuni exemplifies a community-driven effort to prevent childhood obesity by implementing innovative programming  that is firmly based on their traditions and culture. The Zuni commitment to improving the health of youth and families is also evidenced by their partnerships with the IHS, Nike N7 Fund, and the Notah Begay III Foundation.

Our IHS group was welcomed by Governor Quetawki, the Zuni community, and Traditional Zuni Youth Dancers who performed a beautiful Butterfly Dance. We visited the Zuni Youth Enrichment Program Summer Campers, who were playing games, gardening, and learning about how healthy eating and exercise make us all strong. We also visited the Zuni Comprehensive Health Center, saw firsthand how they are actively promoting breastfeeding, and helped celebrate their recent national designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.  We closed the day at the Zuni Wellness Center with a Kids Zumba class.  Some pictures of the event are posted below.

Please join me on Friday, June 20, from 1 – 3pm EDT for a variety of presentations featuring LMIC activities, accomplishments, and resources available to Native communities in support of childhood obesity prevention efforts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their tribe’s or organization's accomplishments and ask the presenters questions during this interactive session. Join the session here.

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Posted on Jun 6, 2014

Contract Support Costs Update

The Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are holding a consultation session on Contract Support Costs (CSC) on June 8, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, AK, as a part of the upcoming 2014 National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid Year Conference. At this session, we will continue formal consultation and open dialogue on CSC, particularly focusing on working together to identify long-term solutions to this issue. For more information about the event, please visit the NCAI website .

For your reference, here is a copy [PDF - 240 KB] of the original invitation letter sent to Tribal Leaders from Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn for the session at NCAI Mid Year Conference, and my letter [PDF - 98 KB] dated May 12, 2014, with a general update on CSC. There will be other opportunities to provide input in the next several weeks if you are not able to attend the session next week, and we will provide additional announcements of those opportunities in the near future. You can submit input at any time at consultation@ihs.gov.

Since the focus of the session is on a long-term solution for CSC appropriations, and we will not be discussing the CSC past claims settlement progress, I am providing the latest update [PDF - 56 KB] on IHS progress on settling past CSC claims for your information.