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Medicare Open Enrollment
American Indian and Alaska Native elders can enroll in Medicare now through December 7, 2016. Encourage your elders to take advantage of the Medicare open enrollment period to learn about the coverage and benefits offered to them. Also, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 1, 2016.Next
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. Forty-five percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced intimate partner violence, and one in seven Native men are a victim of intimate partner violence. IHS has issued its first policy on Intimate Partner Violence which outlines increased access to care and how we can respond effectively to domestic violence.Next
Indigenous Pink Day is October 21!
Indigenous Pink Day is a national breast cancer awareness campaign focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives. We invite men and women of all ages to wear pink and share photos on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink to spread awareness of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death, and the most common cancer found in American Indian and Alaska Native women.Next
Quality Health Care at IHS
Our patients are our first priority. The IHS Quality Framework aims to develop, implement and sustain an effective quality program that improves patient experience and outcomes; strengthens organizational capacity and ensures the delivery of reliable, high quality health care for IHS direct service facilities.
- Letter to Tribal Leaders [PDF - 670 KB]: Introducing our Quality Framework
IHS is a leader in Telehealth
Telehealth uses electronic communication to provide health care, with patient appointments provided remotely. A nurse or assistant in the room with the patient often supplements telehealth consultations with specialists. IHS finds telehealth is one of the best ways to get health care services where they are needed most.
- Telebehavioral Health
- IHS Network Teleophthalmology Program
- Indian Health Service awards $6.8 million telemedicine services contract to Avera Health
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