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2018 Letters

December 11, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on the mechanism to distribute behavioral health initiative funding. [PDF - 187 KB]

November 19, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director provides Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders with an update on the Agency’s progress in certifying the suite of applications that comprise the Indian Health Service Resource and Patient Management System to meet certification criteria and standards specified in the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology published by the Office of the National Coordinator. [PDF – 104KB] [PDF - 104 KB]

November 6, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to heighten awareness about the Indian Health Service Urban Emergency Fund. [PDF - 99 KB]

November 5, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director provides a copy of the Fiscal Year 2018 Urban Indian Health Expenditure Report to Urban Indian Organization Leaders. [PDF - 92 KB]

October 29, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on recent developments related to Agency and Departmental initiatives to modernize health information technology infrastructure, applications, and capabilities in use throughout the Indian Health Service, Tribes, and Urban Indian Organizations. [PDF - 212 KB]

September 25, 2018

The Principal Deputy Director writes to inform Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the Indian Health Service’s progress to formally transfer the internal administration of the former National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism programs from the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program to the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs. [PDF - 101 KB]

September 24, 2018

The Acting Director provides Urban Indian Organization Leaders with a copy of the current IHS IT Service Catalog, which includes updated descriptions of the programs, services, functions, and activities carried out by the Headquarters Office of Information Technology and information on how Urban Indian Organizations can access OIT support services. [PDF - 99 KB]

September 15, 2018

The Acting Director writes to update Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders on progress in resolving denied pharmacy claims from Pharmacy Benefit Manager CVS/Caremark. [PDF - 93 KB]

September 14, 2018

The Acting Director writes to inform Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders of his decision on the IHS proposal to reprogram a portion of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 funding increase appropriated for inflation to fund lease cost agreements authorized under section 105(l) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, and provides a summary of comments received. [PDF - 93 KB]

August 24, 2018

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on efforts by the Indian Health Service to develop a policy and implementation plan to nationalize a Community Health Aide Program , as authorized by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as it relates to Urban Indian Organizations. [PDF - 94 KB]

August 1, 2018

The Acting Director notifies Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders that the deadline to submit comments on the funding mechanism to distribute behavioral health initiatives that are currently distributed through grants has been extended until August 17, 2018. [PDF - 116 KB]

July 24, 2018

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to announce a 30-day comment period on the Draft IHS Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2018-2022. [PDF - 93 KB]

July 23, 2018

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on Indian Health Service regulatory reform activities. [PDF - 141 KB]

July 13, 2018

The Acting Director updates Urban Indian Organization Leaders with his decisions on the fiscal year 2019 funding distribution for the Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians. [PDF - 93 KB]

July 12, 2018

The Acting Director updates Tribal Leaders with his decisions on the fiscal year 2019 funding distribution for the Indian Health Service Special Diabetes Program for Indians. [PDF - 91 KB]

July 10, 2018

The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer on an impending funding decision that impacts a portion of the Agency’s inflation funding increases received in the IHS fiscal year 2018 appropriation to meet requirements of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, specifically at 25 U.S.C. § 5324(l), also referred to as "105(l)." [PDF - 93 KB]

June 22, 2018

The Acting Director informs Urban Indian Organization Leaders of the decision on establishing a standard Methodology to distribute program funding increases that the Indian Health Service allocates to the Agency’s budget for Urban Indian Health. [PDF - 231 KB]

May 18, 2018

The Acting Director writes to initiate a Tribal Consultation and an Urban Confer on the funding mechanism to distribute behavioral health initiatives that are currently distributed through grants. [PDF - 144KB]

April 13, 2018

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate an Urban Confer on the distribution of funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians in Fiscal year 2019. [PDF - 106 KB]

March 13, 2018

The Acting Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to initiate an Urban Confer on establishing a standard methodology to allocate program increases to the Urban Indian Health budget line. [PDF - 123 KB]

February 2, 2018

The Deputy Director writes to Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an important leadership update in the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs. [PDF - 93 KB]

Enclosure: Indian Health Service Stakeholder Engagement Plan [PDF - 93 KB]