Purchased and Referred Care

Purchased and Referred Care is involved in the procurement of medical services from the private sector for patients in need of care not directly available from Northeastern Tribal Health System or an Indian Health Services facility. If an eligible person requires care that is not available at the NTHS facility, or an IHS facility, a referral is made to a non-Indian hospital and/or physician.

The Purchased and Referred Care staff arranges appointments with contract specialists for patients referred by tribal physicians and receives information on emergency visits to private healthcare facilities. Referrals and emergency call-ins are reviewed weekly and prioritized in order of medical need by the Purchased and Referred Care Services Review Committee. The NTHS PRC staff must be notified within 72 hours after the beginning of emergency treatment. For more information, please contact the PRC office at (918) 332-4470.