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Email - Acting IHS Director's Blog on February 19, 2014 - Contract Health Service Name Change

From: Kerrigan, Margo (IHS/CAL)
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 4:37 PM
To: CAO Tribal Leaders; CATAC; CAO Board_Committee_Workgroup; CAO Program Directors
Subject: Acting IHS Director's Blog on February 19, 2014

Dear Tribal Officials,

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 by the IHS Director.

Contract Health Service Name Changed to Purchased/Referred Care

The Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2014 that was signed by the President in January included approval of a new name for IHS' Contract Health Service (CHS) Program, which funds referrals for care in the private sector when those services cannot be provided in the IHS facility.  Congress requested that IHS propose a new name for the program since it was often confused for other budget items, and the FY 2014 President's Budget proposed that the name be changed to Purchased/Referred Care (PRC).  The name change was official with passage of the FY 2014 appropriation, and IHS will transition the name from CHS to PRC during the next year.   The transition will take time, since in addition to getting used to the new name, multiple policy and administrative documents must be updated.

The new name better describes the purpose of the program funding, which is for both purchased care and referral care outside of IHS.  The name change will not otherwise change the program, and all current policies, practices, and improvements will continue.  This year's appropriation also included a $77 million increase for CHS/PRC, which means there is more funding available to pay for the referrals our patients need.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we transition to the new name.