Over the course of three days, from November 16-18, tribal leaders and industry experts gathered for the 7th annual REDW Tribal Finance & Leadership Conference in Seattle, Washington. The conference addresses many top financial, leadership, organization, and legal issues impacting Native Americans today. There are general sessions, and more focused breakout sessions on innovative finance and leadership ideas that would improve tribal operations, and provide a better future for its peoples.
Kelly Guzman, HTS COO and Executive VP joined the conference on its 3rd day to participate in an informal roundtable discussion on Transition Planning and HTS’s Day in the Life process. The last day is devoted solely to Tribal 638 Healthcare Transitions, an act passed to give Indian tribes the authority to contract with the Federal government to operate programs serving their tribal members and other eligible persons. One important aspect of 638 is the ability of the tribes to use funds from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to provide directly, or through another entity, a broad range of health services. This option is commonly known as “638 contracting”.
We send our good wishes to the tribal leaders as they take steps in planning their future.