HHS announces reforms to Native American healthcare system

Federal officials have released a plan aimed at improving care in hospitals serving Native Americans in four Great Plains states, according to the Associated Press. The plan comes in the wake of a Senate hearing investigating the quality of care at Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals after inspections discovered serious problems in two South Dakota reservation hospitals. Under the plan, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell will create a group with representatives from multiple agencies to improve care quality and outcomes, as well as standardize a credentialing process for all doctors at IHS hospitals. Article