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Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives Administered by a Federally Qualified Health Center

The Indian Health Service (IHS) provides comprehensive health services to approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), either by operating health facilities directly or by funding tribes through contracts or compacts to operate health facilities themselves. In certain cases, tribes may operate a facility known as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which is certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide outpatient health services to rural areas or underserved populations. In addition to funding from IHS, the tribes may also receive health care funding from the Medicaid or Medicare programs. This work will build on OIG's body of work identifying longstanding challenges, including insufficient oversight and limited access to specialists, that likely impact the quality of health care services provided to AI/ANs. We will review certain tribally operated FQHCs that are funded by IHS to determine whether health services delivered to AI/ANs met applicable Federal requirements.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Completed (partial) Indian Health Services Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives Administered by a Federally Qualified Health Center Office of Audit Services A-01-17-01502;
A-01-17-01503;
A-01-17-01500;
W-00-17-59052
2019