Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

TSGAC Meeting – September 30, 2020


12:00 – 1:00 pm EASTERN


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TSGAC Correspondence

TSGAC Letter Re: Allocation of $95 Million for Telehealth (CARES Act)

TSGAC Letter Re: TTAG Replacement of Technical Representative

TSGAC Letter Re: Request for ACA/IHCIA National Outreach and Education Funding

SGCETC Comments to USCCR on COVID-19 impacts on Tribal governments

DTLL Letters

Early Alert of HHS OIG Review & Enclosure

Use of CHAP Expansion Funds

Updates regarding IHS Resource and Patient Management System Meeting the 2015 Edition Certification Requirements Published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology & Enclosure

New Director for the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs

Other Information

Negotiations Handbook

Arizona State University – Tribal Self-Governance Webinars Announcement

SGCETC Tribal Self-Governance Virtual Training Series – Section 105(l) – on-demand session/resources


2:00 – 5:00 pm EASTERN


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2:00 pm        Meeting Called to Order/ Opening Prayer

TSGAC MEMBERS: Please review meeting prior meeting minutes and send any requested revisions to by October 2, 2020. A link to vote electronically on final minutes will be distributed
on October 5, 2020.

2:10 pm       TSGAC Opening Remarks

                        Chief Lynn Malerba, Chairman, IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee

                        RADM Michael Weahkee, Director, IHS

2:20 pm       Office of Tribal Self-Governance Update

                         Jennifer Cooper, Director, Office of Tribal Self-Governance, IHS

2:35 pm     HHS Health Information Technology Modernization Project Update:

      • Update on Specific Activities, Milestones and Stakeholder Involvement
      • Discussion on use of $95 million targeted for tele-health

                         Mitchell Thornbrugh, Chief Information Officer and Director, Office of Information Technology, IHS

                       Dr. Chris Fore, Director, IHS Tele Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (TBHCE), Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS), IHS

2:50 pm       Indian Health Service Budget Update:

      • Status of FY2021 Budget and Exception Apportionment
      • Use of IHS Inter-Agency Agreements for Coronavirus Funding

                          Jillian Curtis, Director, Office of Finance & Accounting, IHS

 3:05 pm     IHS Tribal Consultations Update

      • Community Health Aid Program Policy: Timeline on Tribal consultation to support the policy roll out and Area-wide adoption
      • Special Diabetes Program for Indians: Decision on Funding Distribution
      • IHS Decision on Behavioral Health Grants
      • IHS-VA MOU update

                          Darrell LaRoche, Director, Office of Clinical and Preventative Services (OCPS)

                          Benjamin Smith, Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs

3:20 pm       Affordable Care Act Legislative Update

Geoff Strommer, Partner, Hobbs Straus Dean and Walker, LLP

3:35 pm       TSGAC Negotiations Sub-Workgroup Update

                          Terra Branson-Thomas, Secretary of the Nation & Commerce, Muscogee (Creek) Nation

3:45 pm       COVID-19 Update

      • Plan for Vaccine Distribution
      • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply & Distribution

                         RADM Francis Frazier, Director, Office of Public Health Support, IHS

4:00 pm        Open Discussion with TSGAC and RADM Michael Weahkee, IHS Director

      • 105(l) Leases – Status and Process for development of Policies and Procedures

4:55 pm         Identification of Follow Up Items

5:00 pm        Adjourn