Restrictions loosened at Contract Health
URGENT NOTICE TO THE ONEIDA
With restoration of
the Government functions following the shutdown, the Oneida Comprehensive
Health Division will be lifting some of the restrictions put into place on
10/02/13. Effective Thursday,
October 24, 2013, the following measures will be taken to begin restoring
services to the community. We will
begin by phasing in those services which were impacted by the shutdown over the
next 2-3 weeks.
Thursday October 24, 2013, Contract Health Services will go to a Priority 1B
level. This means that all
referrals for care must meet the requirement of 1B as defined by the Indian
Health Service. Priority 1B means
a referral must meet the following criteria: The potential for becoming life
threatening; not immediate emergency; and is essential to daily function. This includes acute illness,
significant flare of chronic conditions, Prenatal Care, Fracture Care, and
This means that you will still need
to follow the process for seeking approval for after hour care to utilize the
emergency room and/or urgent care services by contacting the on-call nurse at
If you had a referral that was
placed on hold on October 1, 2013, you will need to contact Contract Health to
obtain instructions as to what you will need to do to reschedule your referral
appointment if it meets this criteria.
Treatment for Substance Abuse will CONTINUE to be placed on hold until a date
has been determined to restore this service. Patients/clients will be followed through outpatient
treatment which is provided on-site until further notice.
Pharmacy will return to dispensing a maximum of 90 day supply on all
medications and we will restore the dispensing of over the counter (OTC’s) that
are determined to be medically necessary by November 18, 2013.
Contracted Providers will be phased in beginning Monday and patients will be
contacted to reschedule their appointments.
The Comprehensive Health Division would like to thank the
community for your understanding and patience during this critical time and we
appreciate your cooperation while we begin to restore our services. We
apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for the opportunity to continue
to provide your health care services.
As the country moves forward with the Affordable Care Act,
we all need to look at this shutdown as a way to possibly take advantage of the
opportunity to purchase health insurance coverage as it becomes available through
the Affordable Care Act. We have
staff who can assist you through the process or can answer questions you may
have related to the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have questions or concerns
please feel free to contact Margaret Valencia at (920) 869-4908 or email her at