The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be holding its annual Tribal consultation with Tribes on June 15, 2015, from 8:30 AM to 5:15 PM in Washington, DC, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). HRSA is the Federal agency charged with improving access to health care through the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity.
HRSA’s programs specialize in providing health care to people in geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable communities. The consultation will focus on three priority areas: Improving Access to Quality Health Care and Services; Strengthening the Health Workforce; and Building Healthy Communities. Written testimony or questions for HRSA can be submitted no later than June 8, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the consultation, please go to:
Access code: ACFHRSAConsultation
For more information, please see the attached “Dear Tribal Leader Letter” or click on this link.
On June 1, 2016, the Indian Health Service (IHS) released a Dear Tribal Leader letter requesting Tribal Consultation on a draft policy statement detailing the planned national expansion of the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP), including the creation of a national certification board.
The national expansion of the CHAP would mean an increase in paraprofessionals and workers providing services for health education, communicable disease control, maternal and child health, dental health, behavioral health, family planning, and environmental health. Community health aide is an encompassing term that includes behavioral health aides, nursing aides, and dental health aides.
The Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) program currently exists in in Alaska, which brings dental education and routine dental services to rural Alaska Native communities. DHATs have provided dental services to over 40,000 Alaska Native people since 2004. Many rural Alaskan Native villages also have Community Health Aides (CHA). CHAs serve as a primary provider for many individuals, providing emergency first aid, patient examinations and follow-ups in conjunction with the treating physician, and carrying out treatment recommendations, education and instruction, and conducting preventive health programs. Behavioral Health Aides (BHA) work within Tribal communities to address behavioral health needs, including substance abuse and mental health problems. BHAs address these needs by serving as counselors, health educators, and advocates.
Comments are due to IHS on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Comments may be submitted to email@example.com, with the subject IHS Expansion of Community Health Aide Program Draft Policy Statement Consultation.
Mail your comments to:
Alec Thundercloud, M.D.
Director, Office of Clinical and Preventive Service
Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane Mail Stop: 08N34-A
Rockville, MD 20857
ATTN: IHS Expansion of Community Health Aide Program Draft Policy Statement Consultation
For additional information, please click on this link.
The Alaska Native Health Board and Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium Co-Host:
Self-Governance and Affordable Care Act Training
The purpose of this training is to provide background and history of the Self-Governance Program and its adoption in Alaska, to explain the annual negotiation process and financial aspects of the Alaska Tribal Health Compact, to discuss Self-Governance evolution with new and changing policies, and to review insurance and employer responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act.
If you plan to join either day of this training event, please click on this link to register (follow the instructions on the bottom of the page). This is a free training event.
Host Hotel: Hilton-Anchorage
The Hilton Anchorage hotel is in the heart of downtown Anchorage, an ideal location near the city’s most popular attractions. For the ideal Anchorage experience, enjoy the Alaskan art in the lobby, while at the hotel you are just steps away from excellent dining and shopping in the Anchorage Convention District. Take time after the meeting to unwind comfortably with views of the cityscape or enjoy Alaskan cuisine at one of the onsite restaurants. If fitness is what your interested in enjoy the hotels fully equipped fitness center. SGCE has established a room block for our attendees at the government rate. This rate is available three days before and three days following the event, so bring your family and enjoy your stay in beautiful Alaska.
500 W 3rd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
To register online click here.
Call in: 1-800-HILTONS
Group code: SGCE16
Deadline extended- March 25th is the last day to book in the room block.
Highlights of the two-day training:
Day 1-Self Governance Training
On April 5, 2016 the Indian Health Service (IHS) Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG) and Alaska Area Tribal Experts will provide advanced training including an overview of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), the history and application of the Alaska Tribal Health compact with IHS, Annual ISDEAA Title V Negotiation Process for the Alaska Tribal Health Compact, and the history of Financial Developments in Alaska.
Day 2-Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
On April 6, 2016 we will continue with to cover topics and data specifically important to Self-Governance Tribes, including Tribal Sponsorship, Employer Options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and one-on-one sessions where participants can interact directly with Tribal experts. Information covered during this session will be specific to Tribal programs.
On February 26, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to states and Tribes providing guidance about an update to CMS policy regarding the circumstances in which 100 percent federal funding would be available for services furnished to Medicaid-eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) through facilities operated by the Indian Health Service (IHS) or Tribes under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, P.L. 93-638. Through this letter, CMS is re-interpreting its payment policy with respect to services “received through” an IHS/Tribal facility, and is expanding the scope and nature of services that qualify for this matching rate. CMS will be holding an All Tribes’ Call to walk through the policy and provide time for questions and answers. NIHB will provide the call-in information as soon as it is available.
The Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB) Mega Meeting is scheduled for August 11-13, 2015 in Anchorage, AK. The Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, Indian Health Service Principal Director Robert McSwain, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Commissioner Valerie Davidson, and other delegates will attend the ANHB Mega Meeting in person.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Conference Rooms 1 & 2
4000 Ambassador Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
9 AM to 12 PM – Association of Tribal Health Directors
1 PM to 2 PM – Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald
2 PM to 5 PM – Indian Health Service Director’s Listening Session
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
9 AM to 5 PM – ANHB Mega Meeting
Thursday, August 13, 2015
9 AM to 10:30 AM – ANHB Board of Directors
10:30 AM to 2 PM – Board Governance Training