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IHS interim director says agency needs 'skeleton of quality'

IHS interim director says agency needs 'skeleton of quality'

The Billings Area Indian Health Service can’t offer a full range of services, its new interim director says. But the services it does provide must be up to snuff.

August 21, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Walsh holds hearing on Alzheimer's: 'Sooner or later, we will all be affected'

Walsh holds hearing on Alzheimer's: 'Sooner or later, we will all be affected'

Kathleen Burke’s voice broke as she told U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., the story of how Alzheimer’s disease has changed her life as a caregiver and the lives of both her parents.

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Ups and Downs:

Farmer’s bequest. Paul Metzger’s generosity will support local health care for generations. A retired farmer and successful investor, Metzger passed away in May, bequeathing $19 million to Billings Clinic and $19 million to St. Vincent Healthcare. The hospitals put the money into their foun…

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IHS director hiring too slow, Tester says

IHS director hiring too slow, Tester says

Temporary directors are currently in charge of four of the Indian Health Service’s 12 regional offices, including in Billings, which U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said is hampering the struggling agency’s ability to improve.

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Gazette opinion: More than money needed to fix IHS problems

Gazette opinion: More than money needed to fix IHS problems

Here’s the good news.

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IHS woes are money-related, director says; tribal leaders say too much spent on administration

IHS woes are money-related, director says; tribal leaders say too much spent on administration

Indian Health Service Acting Director Dr. Yvette Roubideaux suggested a dose of cash would cure the federal program that has come under attack for poor care.

May 27, 2014 4:35 pm Photos

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Indian Health Service

Indian Health Service

The problems with the Billings Area IHS are so pervasive and have existed for so long that Montana’s Congressional delegation recently called for an investigation from the federal Government Accountability Office.

May 25, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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IHS patient: 'It’s not quality health care, it’s whatever care'

IHS patient: 'It’s not quality health care, it’s whatever care'

The problems with the Billings Area IHS are so pervasive and have existed for so long that Montana’s Congressional delegation recently called for an investigation from the federal Government Accountability Office.

May 25, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Scrutiny of Indian Health Service not unique to Montana

Scrutiny of Indian Health Service not unique to Montana

The problems under investigation in the Billings Area Indian Health Service are not unique in the national system. 

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

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Sen. Tim Johnson

Sen. Tim Johnson

Sen. Tim Johnson

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Health care woes

Health care woes

Teddy McMakin, left, and Hansa Faye Burns talk about their struggle for adequate health care from the Indian Health Service in Lame Deer.

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'Disappointed'

'Disappointed'

Northern Cheyenne president Llevando "Cowboy" Fisher says he is "very disappointed" in the services that tribal members receive from Indian Health Service.

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Misdiagnosed

Misdiagnosed

Diana McLean, 65, of Lame Deer says she was told at the Northern Cheyenne Community Health Center to take Alka-Seltzer and Tums for what was later diagnosed at a Billings hospital as E Coli. "What is Indian Health Service here for?" she asks.

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Teddy McMakin

Teddy McMakin

Teddy McMakin, 78, of Lame Deer discusses her frustration with Indian Health Service.

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Northern Cheyenne Community Hospital

Northern Cheyenne Community Hospital

The Northern Cheyenne Community Health Center in Lame Deer offers outpatient care as well as 24-hour urgent care to approximately 6,300 enrolled patients.

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Robert McLean

Robert McLean

Robert McLean talks about the challenges associated with receiving consistent quality health care from Indian Health Service. "You have those who put the effort in to do a good job ... and others who don't."

May 15, 2014 5:33 pmLoading…
Jay Littlewolf

Jay Littlewolf

Diabetes patient Jay Littlewolf talks about his experience with the Indian Health Service from his home near Busby. Littlewolf says IHS caregivers told him to treat a diabetic ulcer on his foot he would have to have his toes cut off. Instead, he sought treatment at a private hospital in Bill…

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Frustrated

Frustrated

Diabetes patient Jay Littlewolf says he sought medical help for a diabetic ulcer at a Billings hospital after not receiving "adequate health care through the IHS in Lame Deer." He wants reimbursement from the IHS and is seeking Sen. Jon Tester's assistance.

May 07, 2014 4:34 pmLoading…
Seeks U.S. Senator's help

Seeks U.S. Senator's help

Diabetes patient Jay Littlewolf, who lives near Busby, discusses his challenges with the Indian Health Service. He is seeking reimbursement from IHS for services he sought at a Billings hospital after medical personnel in Lame Deer were not able to help him.

May 07, 2014 4:34 pmLoading…

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