Dorgan says area Indian hospitals poorly managed

Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) January 2011

North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan says the results of his investigation into Indian Health Service facilities in four states show a system in a “chronic state of crisis” and in need of urgent reform.

The report released last week by Dorgan covers the Aberdeen Area of the IHS, which serves 18 tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

The retiring Democrat says the investigation reveals “chronic mismanagement and a lack of employee accountability and financial integrity.” He says five IHS hospitals in the Aberdeen Area could lose their accreditation or certification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Dorgan says IHS director Yvette Roubideaux has made improvements since she took office, but more work is needed.

Dorgan is chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.