LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) will soon be accepting proposals for a Healthcare Compliance Monitor. This will be the first time LMDC has pursued a contract Healthcare Compliance Monitor.
This monitor will develop an audit process that is based upon the analysis of Mission Critical Data intended to meet the "reasonable healthcare" needs of those incarcerated at LMDC. Results of the audit will be formally provided to the Director of Corrections on a quarterly basis.
This decision comes in the midst of a preliminary Metro Corrections internal investigation into two in-custody deaths in 2012. This ongoing investigation found errors on the part of some Corizon Correctional Healthcare employees (formerly known as Correctional Medical Services), which may have contributed to the deaths in those cases. Once a Healthcare Compliance Monitor is in place, results of the initial audit will be used by Metro Corrections to determine if the mistakes involving Corizon employees are systemic of the overall care provided.
The audit will also determine if the current contract with Corizon should be renewed. Corizon has been responsible for the contract to provide healthcare to inmates for the past five years, with its current contract expiring February 28, 2013.
"The medical care of our inmates is of utmost importance," stated the LMDC Director, Mark Bolton. "Our ongoing investigation revealed mistakes on the part of some Corizon nurses, supervisors and the on-site administrator. Those mistakes caused the healthcare of two inmates to fall below the levels of healthcare I expected from our provider," Bolton noted.
Bolton reports corporate Corizon officials as well as its on-site personnel have been cooperating in the investigation. Corizon has since instituted a series of corrective actions and has made a number of personnel changes in response to these incidents.
"Our goal is that the Healthcare Compliance Monitor will develop a methodology to map the critical healthcare decisions that assures the coordination of resources between the Healthcare Provider and the Corrections Operations," Bolton reported. "I believe that a new Healthcare Compliance Monitor will enhance the integrity of the healthcare program with the corrections operations and ensure the terms and conditions of contractual obligations are in compliance."
Louisville Metro Department of Corrections books approximately 45,000 people each year and has an average daily population of 2,000 inmates.