ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota tribe is threatening to ban some Indian Health Service officials from its reservation over a company chosen to staff the local IHS hospital emergency department.
The Rapid City Journal reports that IHS awarded Arizona-based Tribal Emergency Medicine, or Tribal EM, two 90-day task orders totaling over $2.6 million to staff emergency departments at Rosebud, South Dakota, and Winnebago, Nebraska.
Before John Shufeldt founded Tribal EM, he ran a chain of urgent-care clinics that in 2012 paid $10 million to settle allegations the company submitted false claims to programs including Medicare.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council recently directed the tribe's attorney general to file paperwork banning the hospital's five top managers for failing to consult with the tribe on awarding the task order.
Shufeldt says Tribal EM's goal is to serve the tribe.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com
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