2 Indian Health Service hospitals agree to make changes to improve quality of care

A pair of government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota have agreed to improve the quality of care they offer, and in return the two facilities will continue to receive needed federal funding. The Indian Health Service (IHS), which oversees the hospitals on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations, told ABC News on Sunday that it reached an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the funding. Management at the two hospitals will be overhauled, a monitor will provide progress updates and both emergency departments will be privatized. "The agreements are structured to support the hospitals to fully meet safety and quality of care standards," IHS said in a statement. Article

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