Correctional Managed Care update
In previous messages regarding UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care program, I promised to update you on new developments that affect services and employees. Today, I am pleased to announce that UTMB and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) have reached an agreement to extend the existing CMC contract at least through May 2013.
The extension will ensure continuity of care for the offender population and clarifies a number of funds-flow issues between TDCJ and UTMB. More complex issues regarding the cost of and payment for correctional health care will be more fully addressed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, which goes into session in January. In the meantime, UTMB will continue to work with the UT System, TDCJ and elected officials to identify a more sustainable model for providing care to this vulnerable patient population.
Thank you to everyone involved in these ongoing discussions and to the dedicated and skilled CMC employees who continue to provide high-quality patient care under challenging circumstances.
Dr. David L. Callender