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Improving Patient Care at AST Medical Clinics

Following the grand opening of our extraordinary Little Axe Health Center, there are some equally important changes happening to the way we will be delivering care throughout the AST medical clinics. Rest assured that like the new building, these changes are aimed squarely at providing increasingly better patient care. One new initiative is appropriately named Improving Patient Care (or IPC for short.) 

IPC was developed by the Indian Health Service (IHS) to fundamentally transform the quality of care it provides. While the IPC model is uniquely designed to improve the problems in Indian Health clinics, this approach is based on the best practices of the health care quality improvement field. Started under the leadership of former CEO Gary Wabaunsee and continued by the leadership of head clinical administrator and interim CEO Beverly Felton, our clinical staff has begun training and implementation of this exciting IPC model.  

While the effects of IPC generally start small and expand gradually, there are a few changes that you should expect to see in the next few weeks to months at our medical clinics…

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Changes in Pharmacy Mail-Out Program

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, not only in Oklahoma but around the entire United States. Oklahoma leads the nation in both prescription painkiller abuse and related deaths. Native Americans in Oklahoma are at the same level as the general population when it comes to prescription painkiller abuse and deaths. Painkiller abuse and related deaths are highest among Whites and Native Americans, about three times higher those of Blacks and Hispanics. Because of this abuse and related deaths due to prescription painkillers, the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health Board of Directors voted at their recent monthly meeting to approve the pharmacy department request to stop the practice of mailing narcotics to out-of-state addresses.  
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Little Axe Health Center Adds Women's Health

Women’s health services have been added to the Public Health Nursing department at the Little Axe Health Center.  Jackie Odell, APRN, CNP and Misty Clouse, RN have been added to provide complete preventative and disease care for women of all ages.  Jackie, the Nurse Practitioner, sees patients Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.

Preventative care includes pap smears, mammography, breast exams, rectal exams and education for healthy living.  Sexually transmitted disease education, STD testing and treatment are also provided.  Other medical services provided include treatment for abnormal and/or painful menstrual cycles, postmenopausal disorders, and hormone replacement.

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New Website

We've freshly redesigned the AST Health System website.  It's still a work in progress, but we hope it will soon be providing you with news you want to see and information and tips to improve your health.  If you have feedback, good or bad, let us know.

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Fitness Activity – What Counts?

Aerobic Activity – What Counts?
Aerobic activity or "cardio" gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster. From pushing a lawn mower, taking a dance class, or biking to the store – all types of activities count. Try doing them at a moderate or vigorous intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time. (150 minutes per week recommended)How do you know if you're doing light, moderate, or vigorous intensity aerobic activities? For most people, light daily activities such as shopping, cooking, or doing the laundry doesn't count toward the guidelines. Why?

Your body isn't working hard enough to get your heart rate up.

Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you're working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell is that you'll be able to talk, but not sing the words to your favorite song. Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity means you're breathing hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.
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Absentee Shawnee Tribe "Certified Healthy"

As part of an effort to create healthy places in Oklahoma to live, work, learn and play, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with the Oklahoma Academy, The State Chamber, and the Oklahoma Turning Point Council announced the annual award winners for the state Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs. This year, more than 570 applications were submitted from groups throughout the state, and over 480 award winners received the “Certified Healthy” status in the categories of Certified Healthy Businesses, Certi-fied Healthy Restaurants, Certified Healthy Schools, Certified Healthy Campuses, and Certified Healthy Communities. An awards ceremony honoring the winners was held in March.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe was awarded as one of the Not-for-Profit Businesses for Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business. Accepting the Certified Healthy Oklahoma award at the March Awards Ceremony were our Wellness staff: Sacha Almanza and Sidna McKane. Other tribal organizations were also awarded the Certified Healthy Oklahoma. 

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Fraud Alert for People with Diabetes

Criminals who plot to defraud the Government and steal money from the American people have a new target: people with diabetes.

Although the precise method may vary, the scheme generally involves someone pretending to be from the Government, a diabetes association, or even Medicare, calling you. The caller offers "free" diabetic supplies, such as glucose meters, diabetic test strips, or lancets. The caller may also offer other supplies such as heating pads, lift seats, foot orthotics, or joint braces, in exchange for the beneficiaries' Medicare or financial information, or confirmation of this type of personal information. Additionally, you may receive items in the mail that you did not order.

The call is a scam.

If you receive such a call, OIG recommends the following actions:
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Pharmacy News, June 2012

PHARMACY NEWS - ABSENTEE SHAWNEE TRIBAL PHARMACY
  • As of January 1, 2012, Oklahoma State Law mandates a current photo ID is required for EVERY time ANY controlled medication being picked up.
  • Both Shawnee and Little Axe pharmacy locations both fill prescriptions for members of all tribes, but outside prescription orders are restricted to Absentee Shawnee Tribal citizens with established charts.  
  • If you would like to receive a text message to your cell phone when your medications are ready for pick-up, please alert the pharmacy staff and provide us with a current cell phone number.

The following are a few tips to help us be more efficient in our delivery of  pharmacy services to you:
  • Present insurance cards each time you pick up or drop off a prescription
  • Keep us informed of changes in address, phone number and other contact in-formation.
  • Let the Pharmacy staff know if the prescription is going to be picked up or needs to be delivered.
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