Correctional Health

Driving innovation. Elevating standards. Improving the future.

The HMA correctional health team is uniquely prepared to help states, counties, correctional systems and providers design, deliver and manage high-quality, affordable health services for the justice-involved population. We have years of expertise in:

  • Evaluating healthcare systems for risk, efficiency, clinical and administrative best practices and standards of care
  • Implementing innovative models of care, including management of chronic disease and behavioral healthcare to improve outcomes, minimize risk and reduce cost
  • Integrating behavioral and physical healthcare to better manage complex inmates
  • Building effective quality improvement programs that cross all healthcare disciplines and include correctional officers and command
  • Building effective models for transition into the community for those with serious mental illness or complex medical conditions
  • Developing diversion models with a particular focus on those with mental illness
  • Assessing community behavioral health capacity to support diversion
  • Building community partnerships to effectively monitor and improve jail health practices and outcomes
  • Designing and monitoring provider contracts for privatized services
  • Accessing available funding for inmate healthcare by:
    • Maximizing collection of federal Medicaid funds
    • Maximizing access to Marketplace plan coverage for jail detainees
  • Establishing cost-effective, efficient systems for the procurement and safeguarding of prescription drugs
  • Implementing electronic health records
  • Developing dashboards to track important correctional health trends and outcomes
  • Monitoring court-ordered arrangements
  • Assessing facility needs for future healthcare services

Assessing new opportunities from health reform, legislative changes and evolving trends

We’re helping clients capitalize on new opportunities for correctional health made possible by local legislation and federal health reform, working with institutions, policymakers and providers nationwide. We’re evaluating the entire range of inmate healthcare delivery to find new efficiencies and improve quality of care. Our services include:

  • Analyzing reimbursement arrangements, pharmacy practices, utilization and cost data
  • Appraising healthcare practice efficiency and effectiveness
  • Reviewing contract compliance, risk management and quality improvement
  • Reviewing on-site and off-site service contracts
  • Filling interim leadership roles with experienced clinicians
  • Providing NCCHC accreditation experience for new sites, established sites or sites in jeopardy
  • Planning and implementing Department of Justice strategic responses
  • Focusing on continuum of care, including NCQA PCMH and PCSP accreditation
  • Partnering clinicians to improve access to care and provision of care

We’re also consulting with governmental health agencies and correctional facilities to help prisons and jails benefit from publicly funded healthcare policy.

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