We’re mak­ing ef­forts to im­prove pa­tient care for Amer­i­can In­di­ans, Alaska Na­tives

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS | OPINION - Eric Har­gan, deputy sec­re­tary De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Wash­ing­ton, D.C. LET­TERS@US­ATO­DAY.COM

About 2.2 mil­lion Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Alaska Na­tive peo­ple rely on the In­dian Health Ser­vice for their health care needs. The lead­er­ship at IHS takes its obli­ga­tion se­ri­ously. And any in­ci­dent of pa­tient harm at IHS is ter­ri­ble. It is un­for­tu­nate that USA TO­DAY posted a se­ries of ar­ti­cles fo­cused on in­ci­dents that hap­pened years ago.

IHS is in­vested in ad­dress­ing long­stand­ing chal­lenges across the agency. In con­sul­ta­tion with the tribes served by the agency, IHS de­vel­oped the Of­fice of Qual­ity to strengthen qual­ity im­prove­ment ef­forts. This new of­fice will lead the way in con­tin­u­ing to build on im­prove­ments al­ready made, such as stan­dard­iz­ing pa­tient wait times, im- ple­ment­ing a cen­tral­ized cre­den­tial­ing sys­tem, and mon­i­tor­ing the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Dash­board for Qual­ity in or­der to make sus­tained im­prove­ments.

Im­prov­ing and sus­tain­ing the cul­ture of care through­out the Great Plains area, and all the ar­eas we serve, is a top pri­or­ity for IHS. The agency is com­mit­ted to work­ing with tribal lead­ers across the na­tion to ac­com­plish this. To­gether, we are mov­ing for­ward in de­liv­er­ing qual­ity care to achieve the IHS mis­sion to raise the phys­i­cal, men­tal, so­cial and spir­i­tual health of Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Alaska Na­tives to the high­est level.

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