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Recommendation: To help ensure that timely primary care is available and accessible to AI/AN people, the Secretary of HHS should direct the Director of IHS to monitor patient wait times in its federally operated facilities and ensure corrective actions are taken when standards are not met.
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: HHS concurred with this recommendation. IHS officials stated that they are updating the agency's patient wait time policy to include emergency department wait times, and is working to automate and aggregate the reporting of patient wait time data for effective monitoring. Once the standards are fully developed and monitoring is underway, IHS will also need to ensure corrective actions are taken when standards are not met. We will assess HHS's actions once completed.