Rosebud Sioux Tribe frustrated by treatment from HHS agencies

A patient and pharmacist at the Rosebud Indian Hospital on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Photo from U.S. Public Health Service Pharmacists / Facebook

The hospital that serves the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is in danger of losing a critical source of funding but leaders feel they are being left in the dark.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service threatened to terminate certification of the Rosebud Hospital on February 17. While the deadline has since been extended, the agency never told the tribe that it was coming back to the reservation for another site review, The Todd County Tribune reported.

The tribe only found out by reading a legal notice that CMS sent to a paper more than 170 miles away, health director Evelyn Espinoza said. The notice apparently wasn't published in the Tribune, which is based on the reservation.

“That’s not even our local newspaper,” Espinoza said at a council meeting on Wednesday, The Tribune reported. “That’s not an acceptable way of notifying a community and our tribe. That’s a paper that is far from us.”

The Indian Health Service has now been given until March 16 to correct deficiencies or lose Medicaid funding, according to a February 12 letter from CMS. A notice of that extension was published in the Tribune but not until Wednesday, five days after CMS sent the letter to the IHS.

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Tribal Health Director tells Rounds staffer Tribe is being failed by multiple Federal agencies (The Todd County Tribune 2/27)

Committee Notices:
Reexamining the Substandard Quality of Indian Health Care in the Great Plains (February 3, 2016)
A Listening Session on Putting Patients First: Addressing Indian Country’s Critical Concerns Regarding IHS (February 3, 2016)

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