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A South Dakota coalition is examining a shared cost-savings plan with the Indian Health Service.
A South Dakota coalition is examining a shared cost-savings plan with the Indian Health Service.
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May 6, 2017

South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition Continues Looking for Options

The South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition is turning to Wyoming to get ideas to improve the current costs incurred, reports the Rapid City Journal.  The coalition was formed in 2015 and members were appointed by Governor Daugaard.  The purpose of the group is looking into options to expand Medicaid for South Dakotans. 

Wyoming hopes to save about $2 million by changing how the Indian Health Service (IHS) refers patients.  Last year Wyoming spent nearly $32 million on patients referrals to non-IHS services and facilities.  A shared savings approach could be one option, but would require collaboration between the state and IHS.

For more information about the Indian Health Services, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network online news archives.  You can learn more about the South Dakota Medicaid Expansion by visiting the Black Hills Knowledge Network issue hub.  

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