February 2, 2016 |  Issue 16-4

Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee Meeting
February 2-3, 2016
Parker, AZ 

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing on Quality of Care Issues in the Great Plains
February 3, 2016
Washington, DC

FY 2018 IHS National IHS Budget Formulation Work Session
February 11-12, 2016
Washington DC

MMPC February Face-to-Face Meeting
February 24, 2016
Washington, DC

TTAG February Face-to-Face Meeting
February 25-26, 2016
Washington, DC

Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting
March 1-2, 2016
Washington, DC 

HHS Annual Tribal Budget Consultation
March 2-3, 2016
Washington, DC

7th Annual NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit
April 11-13, 2016
Atlanta, GA 

33rd NIHB Annual Consumer Conference
September 19-22, 2016
Phoenix, AZ

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In This Issue

In this week's Washington Report: NIHB calls for IHS Accountability and Creation of an Oversight Task Force; Registration is Open for the 2016 NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing on Quality of Care Issues in the Great Plains will be held and input has been requested. IHS Contract Support Costs Policy Workgroup Update and HHS Announces 2016 Annual Tribal Budget Consultation. A webinar on TALC Identity and Branding for Public Health along with a Tribal presentation by the Notawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016. A webinar titled "A Tribal Sponsorship Analysis" will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

NIHB Updates
NIHB Calls for Indian Health Service Accountability and Creation of an Oversight Task Force

National Indian Health Board's Board of Directors unanimously approved resolutions to investigate, evaluate and offer reform strategies to the Indian Health Service (IHS).  This move came in response to the reports by Members of the Omaha, Winnebago and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Tribal Councils attending the Board meeting, held January 20 and 21, 2016.

Moved by the gravity of facts, The NIHB Board of Directors to action on a two-pronged approach to address the problem: 
  1. NIHB will seat and conduct a special Task Force to examine and document an investigation into the mismanagement and poor care at IHS-run hospitals, and;
  2. NIHB use the findings of the Task Force to create a strategic action plan that will address the shortcomings highlighted in the aforementioned investigation and recommend a plan of action for IHS to provide quality healthcare to all patients within one year.
For more information, click here.
REGISTRATION OPEN: 2016 Tribal Public Health Summit
Click here to register now!

The National Indian Health Board invites Tribal leaders, health directors, public health professionals, researchers, and community-based service providers to the 7th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit taking place on April 11-13, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. 

Click here to nominate someone for the Public Health Innovation Award.  The deadline for nominations is March 4. 

To view information about registration, including rates: click here

Host Hotel:  Hilton Atlanta: 255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 659-2000
A special room rate of $149.00/night has been negotiated with the host hotel. We encourage attendees to make a room reservation as soon as possible, as the room block will only be open for a limited amount of time.
For more information on the Tribal Public Health Summit visit www.nihb.org or email phs@nihb.org
NIHB heads to South Dakota!
NIHB will be traveling to Rapid City, SD to participate in a Tribal of Action at the Mother Butler Center on February 18th from 4pm-8pm. There will be door prizes, booths, presentations, and giveaways as well important information regarding the Affordable Care Act. Contact Kristen Bitsuie KBitsuie@nihb.org for more information.

NIHB is collecting success stories and pictures! If you have any success stories from individuals that have enrolled in the Marketplace, let us know! We want to highlight some of these stories on our webpage. Email your stories to FCrevier@nihb.org or share it on Facebook.
Capitol Hill Updates
Wednesday: 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."  The hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 2:15PM EST.  For more details on the hearing, including live streaming and instructions on how to submit testimony, 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.

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.

For more information, please contact Caitrin Shuy, NIHB's Director of Congressional Relations, at (202) 374-9966 or cshuy@nihb.org
Administration and Organizational Updates
IHS Contract Support Costs (CSC) Policy Workgroup Update
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is in consultation with Tribal leaders to update and implement a new Contract Support Costs (CSC) policy by February 11, 2016. The Dear Tribal Leader letter can be viewed on the IHS website hereThe IHS CSC Workgroup met on January 29, 2016 for continued discussion on CSC duplication and incurred costs. The Workgroup will be evaluating and negotiating on the final recommendations regarding CSC duplication and language on February 10-11, 2016.  

The initiation of Tribal consultation began on January 7, 2016. The CSC policy has been revised at numerous occasions to provide guidance on the preparation and negotiation of requests for CSC funds for new and existing awards authorized through the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA). The current policy is located in the Indian Health Manual here.

Please submit input or recommendations in writing to Robert G. McSwain, IHS Principal Deputy Director at consultation@ihs.gov. For more information on the CSC policy, contact Devin Delrow, Director of Federal Relations at ddelrow@nihb.org
Department of Health and Human Services Announces 2016 Annual Tribal Budget Consultation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold its Annual Tribal Budget Consultation (ATBC) on March 2 and March 3, 2016 in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building at 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC.  They will also hold Annual Regional Tribal Consultations held across the country.  HHS will begin hosting planning calls for the ATBC on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00p.m. EST. 
On Wednesday, March 2, HHS will provide Tribes time for one-on-one meetings to share their specific health and human service issues with HHS officials. Officials from various HHS agencies will be available to listen and contribute to the conversation.  For this specific portion of the consultation HHS asks that you pre-register so that all Tribes have an opportunity to meet with HHS representatives.  To register for one-on-one meeting time, please email your request to consultation@hhs.gov; please include the agency/agencies you would like to meet with.  All requests for one-on-one meetings must be received by Friday, February 19, 2016
At 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016, HHS will hold its consultation session.  HHS will identify specific issues that we would like to consult with Tribes about.  These will be discussed on planning calls so that Tribes can prepare your thoughts, ideas, and recommendations.
For more information, including information on the Regional Tribal Consultation Sessions, click here.

Please contact Stacey Ecoffey, Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs, at 202-690-6060 or consultation@hhs.gov with any questions.  
Upcoming Calls and Webinars
Webinar:  February TALC - Identity and Branding for Public Health and a Tribal presentation by the Notawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
Friday, February 12, 2016 
2:00-3:00pm ET
TALC (Tribal Accreditation Learning Community) is a free, monthly webinar series held the second Friday of every month. It is designed for sharing and learning about public health accreditation in Tribal communities.  In February, presenters from the National Association for City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) Public Health Communications Committee will share their expertise on establishing identity and branding for public health departments. 

Branding can help position the health department as a valued, effective, trusted leader in the community.  Documentation of a departmental brand strategy is a requirement for PHAB public health accreditation (Standard 3.2, Measure 3.2.2A).  All Tribal health departments are invited to share their experiences with branding and identity during this webinar,

During the second half of the webinar, the Notawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, an awardee of the NIHB Tribal ASI (Accreditation Support Initiative) program, will be sharing their experiences in preparing for public health accreditation.

For more information and to view past webinars,click here.

Follow this link to join the webinar.
Webinar: "A Tribal Sponsorship Analysis - Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:00PM EST
This Webinar will review findings from an analysis of Tribal sponsorship conducted for one mid-sized Tribe as part of the Joint Initiative of Direct Service and Self-Governance Tribes. The process and analysis is being conducted with a select number of Tribes to assist in determining if Sponsorship of Tribal members in purchasing a QHP in the Marketplace is beneficial for the participating Tribe and Tribal members.  The analyses is being shared to help inform the decision-making process for other Tribes.

Click here to register.

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