The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has an emergency—no emergency room!
Great Plains Area Indian Health Service Director Ron Cornelius informed Rosebud Sioux Tribe President William Kindle yesterday that IHS is shutting down the emergency room at the IHS Rosebud Hospital indefinitely, effective as of today at 6 p.m. Patients around Rosebud needing emergency treatment will now have to go 40 miles to Valentine or 55 miles to Winner. The Rosebud hospital is still offering 24-hour urgent care.
The ER closure follows November 23 notice from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Division of intent to terminate CMS’s Medicare Provider agreement with the Rosebud IHS hospital for regulatory violations. The tribe responded Thursday with this press release:
Remember that Governor Daugaard wants to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act by redirecting all Indian patients from state Medicaid providers to IHS providers. But it appears IHS lacks the funds to keep meet current health care needs on the Rosebud reservation.
President Kindle has called a special tribal council meeting today at 1 p.m. to discuss the ER closure.