RESCHEDULED: Senate Hearing on Quality of Care issues in the Great Plains - Input Requested
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing titled: "Reexamining the Substandard Quality of Indian Health Care in the Great Plains." Due to blizzard conditions in Washington, DC the hearing has been postponed to Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 2:15PM EST.
 For more details on the hearing, including live streaming, click here.
 
Immediately following the hearing, the Committee will hold a listening session called "Putting Patients First: Addressing Indian Country's Critical Concerns Regarding IHS."  For more information on the Listening Session click here.
 
In the last year, several hospitals serving Tribes in the Great Plains region of the Indian Health Service (IHS) have lost (or received threats of revocation) their ability to bill the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).   This not only severely hampers the critical 3rd Party Revenue on which these facilities depend, but it also raises serious questions about the quality of health care in the Great Plains Region. These recent developments in the Great Plains region have exposed a systemic lack of quality care being provided in at least three hospitals being run by the Indian Health Service. 
 
NIHB will be participating in these events and requests your input about the quality of care at the IHS.  This could include information about your own experience with poor quality of care being provided at IHS or legislative ideas for how to reform the system.  To submit information click here.

Please submit any information by Friday, January 29
 
For more information, please contact Caitrin Shuy, NIHB's Director of Congressional Relations, at (202) 374-9966 or cshuy@nihb.org

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