How To Become A Patient - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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How To Become A Patient

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center provides comprehensive healthcare services to eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives. New patients must complete an application process (patient registration) and provide required documents to establish their eligibility.

New Patient Information

Required documents for new patient registration include:

  • Certificate of Indian Blood or Proof of Native Descent
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of Residency

Know Your Eligibility

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center patients are categorized into two levels of eligibility: Purchased and Referred Care (PRC) or Direct Care Only (DCO).

The eligibility coordinators at Yellowhawk will review your registration packet and determine whether you are eligible for Direct Care Only (eligible to receive services at Yellowhawk) or for Purchased and Referred Care (eligible to receive services at Yellowhawk and or be referred to an outside provider).

Why do I need to update yearly?

It is very important that your eligibility information remain current and you will be asked to verify your information at every visit. Please notify Yellowhawk if your information changes (address, insurance coverage, etc.) An eligibility form needs to be signed annually regardless of changes.

Does the update affect my eligibility?

Indian Health Services requires Yellowhawk to make sure your information is updated yearly. Yellowhawk can end your PRC eligibility if information isn’t current. IHS is a primary source of funding for Yellowhawk, making up approximately half of the operating budget each year. To address shortfalls in congressional funding, Yellowhawk and other tribal, urban, and IHS programs must rely on resources, such as private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid, to meet the level of need.

Questions regarding your eligibility? Contact: The eligibility coordinator supervisor at (541) 240-8745.

Purchased & Referred Care (PRC) Requirements:

  • CTUIR enrolled member residing within Umatilla and
    Union Counties
  • Other enrolled tribal member or descendent of enrolled member of other Federally recognized tribe, residing within the boundaries of CTUIR for one year (must show proof of residency)
  • Be registered for services at Yellowhawk
  • Provide required documents
  • Must enroll for alternative resource (insurance) if
    applicable, such as: Medicare, Medicaid, or employer
    benefits
  • Eligible to receive services outside of Yellowhawk
    WITH APPROVED referral from Yellowhawk primary
    care provider

Direct Care Only (DCO) Requirements:

  • Any enrolled tribal member or descendent of enrolled
    member of a federally recognized tribe
  • Be registered for services at Yellowhawk
  • Provide required documents
  • Must enroll for alternative resource (insurance) if
    applicable, such as: Medicare, Medicaid, or employer
    benefits
  • Eligible to receive services at YELLOWHAWK ONLY

Medical Records

If you need to submit your medical records to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center please send by fax to: (541) 240-8751

To release your medical records to a third party, please fill out this form and fax to: (541) 240-8751.

Medical Record Release Form

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
Attn: Medical Records
PO Box 160
Pendleton, OR 97801

If you have any questions call (541) 240-8736 or (541) 240-8735