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Reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes

Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota have agreed to undertake significant quality-of-care changes.

This means the facilities on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations will keep receiving crucial federal funding.

The Indian Health Service, which administers the hospitals, announced Sunday that it met the deadline to reach last-chance remediation agreements for each facility with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The agreed-upon changes include the appointment of a monitor who will provide periodic progress reports, as well as the previously proposed privatization of the facilities' emergency rooms.

The agreement for the Rosebud Hospital, however, won't lead to the immediate reopening of its emergency room.

Both hospitals have faced challenges for years, but they've been under intense scrutiny recently after unannounced inspections uncovered serious deficiencies.

 

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Sues Federal Government Over ER Closure

A Native American tribe in South Dakota has sued the federal government over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.  The federal lawsuit brought Thursday by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe asks that federal officials be forced to re-open the emergency room at the hospital administered by the Indian Health Service.  The Associated Press obtained a copy of the complaint ahead of its official filing.  IHS shuttered the emergency department of the 35-bed Rosebud Hospital in early December, two weeks after federal inspectors uncovered serious failures.  The lawsuit argues IHS did not give Congress an evaluation of the closure's impact at least a year in advance of the shutdown, as required by federal law.  IHS did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Thursday.

 

American Legion Family Soliciting Donations for Roof Repairs

The American Legion Family, a 501C3 non-profit organization, needs your help. The Legion Family is involved in multiple community projects every year, all paid for by donation. The current building on Main Street is in need of a new roof. During storms the roof leaks, typically causing a flood inside the club and damaging the interior of the building. On May 13th at 10:15 am, representatives from the American Legion will be on the KVSH Comment program to host a radio-thon to raise money for building repairs. Approximately $30,000 is needed to replace the roof and fix interior damage. Please support the American Legion family by calling in on May 13th, or by calling Monty at 402-322-1151 at any time. The American Legion family thanks the public for their support.

   

Area Graduation News

KEYA PAHA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IN SPRINGVIEW KICKS OFF GRADUATION EXERCISES IN THE KVSH LISTENING AREA WITH THEIR GRADUATION SUNDAY, MAY 1ST AT 2 PM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM.

NEXT WEEK HAS TWO AREA SCHOOLS GRADUATING, INCLUDING BASSETT AT 2 PM ON SATURDAY MAY 7TH AND VALENTINE AT AT 4 PM AT THE GYM THAT SAME AFTERNOON.

THREE AREA SCHOOLS WILL HOLD GRADUATIONS ON SATURDAY MAY 14TH INCLUDING MULLEN, THEDFORD, AND TODD COUNTY.

 

CODY-KILGORE COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM MOUNTAIN TIME AT THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM ON SATURDAY MAY 21ST.

 

Reservation Hospitals Could Be Privatized

The management of an embattled hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation could be privatized under a proposal from the federal agency responsible for the facility.  The Indian Health Service is suggesting the privatization as part of a plan to significantly improve the hospital's quality of care.  The agency and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Friday to reach a last-chance remediation agreement. Without an agreement, the hospital won't be allowed to bill the government for services provided to Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible patients after May 16.  Leadership from both agencies discussed a draft of the agreement with tribal leaders Tuesday. The proposed privatization comes in addition to agency's ongoing effort to find a third party to manage the facility's shuttered emergency department.

   

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