A company the Indian Health Service chose to staff emergency departments at Native American hospitals in Nebraska and South Dakota is run by a man involved in a $10 million false-claims scandal.
IHS awarded Arizona-based Tribal Emergency Medicine, or Tribal EM, two 90-day task orders totaling over $2.6 million to staff emergency departments at Rosebud, South Dakota, and Winnebago, Nebraska.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe threatened to ban some IHS officials from its reservation in response.
Before John Shufeldt founded Tribal EM, he ran a multistate chain of urgent-care clinics that paid $10 million to settle allegations the company submitted false claims to programs including Medicare.
Shufeldt said Tribal EM's goal is to serve the tribe and provide care that exceeds national emergency medicine standards.
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