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The program under study is the Fort Peck Tribal Health Department. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the capability of the Fort Peck Tribal Health Department to assume responsibility for the laboratory component of the Fort Peck Service Unit to determine if and when Tribal Health can realistically enter into direct medical service via a contract to provide service; and to demonstrate Tribal Health capabilities in terms of management and operation of a laboratory medical Service Unit as allowed under P.L. 93 - 638.This report is a proposed project and states that the set-up of an experimental lab model would later be evaluated through observation procedures. Also, interviews and surveys with the public would be done to determine the area markets that would be supportive of a medical laboratory.It was found that approximately $60,000 would be necessary to fund an evaluation study. The results of the proposed evaluation study would be supportive of the transition of the administrative responsibility from the Indian Health Services to the Fort Peck Tribal Health Department for the laboratory service system. The resultant statistical compilation would be supportive in justifying future contracting for program funds.The authors recommend that the proposal for an evaluation study be accepted and monies granted for conducting such a study at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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Indian Health Service, Staff Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research, Rockville, MD 20857 (E-28).