Independent Review Finds Healthcare Services at Idaho Prison in Substantial Compliance with NCCHC Standards

Corizon Correctional Healthcare Rich HallworthBRENTWOOD, Tenn., (May 10, 2012) The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) has released its independent assessment of healthcare at the Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI) and has found “the healthcare system to be sufficiently organized and in substantial compliance with the NCCHC’s standards for health services.”

The NCCHC report also states, “Overall, the health staff are working with sufficient energy and teaming with the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) in a manner that can result in an appropriate level of care and professionalism. They are to be commended for their effort.  The basic structure of health services delivery at ISCI meets NCCHC’s standards, and as in any health system there are many opportunities for improving the quality of clinical care.”

Corizon, which provides medical, psychiatric and dental services to the Kuna, Idaho facility, requested that the NCCHC conduct an independent assessment of the healthcare at ISCI following the recent release of a report from a federal court Special Master.  The NCCHC assessment, conducted April 2 and 3, 2012, was undertaken at Corizon’s expense. The NCCHC conducted its review through a three-person expert team that together represents 40 years of correctional health experience.

Corizon found the Special Master’s report to be an incomplete, misleading and erroneous representation of the current healthcare delivery system. Many conclusions included in the report were unsupported by facts and conflicted with the thorough audit of care performed for the IDOC by the NCCHC in 2010, which found care provided to inmate patients to be in compliance with all accreditation standards.

As the NCCHC’s recent findings discredit many of those outlined in the Special Master’s report, Corizon contracted with Robert B. Greifinger, M.D., arguably the most experienced special master in the area of correctional healthcare, to review the author’s methodology.  Dr. Greifinger has reported that the Special Master’s report, “…did not describe a reliable methodology.  Instead, his report was anecdotal, with no identifiers to establish a basis for his broad brush negative findings.”

“The recent review by Dr. Greifinger and the NCCHC’s findings that Corizon meets community and contractual standards of care are a complete vindication for us, in regard to the Special Master’s report,” said CEO Rich Hallworth.  “We are very pleased that the Special Master’s report was proven to be fatally flawed and will never become an official finding of the court.”

The NCCHC review team was tasked to, 1.) Determine if an adequate delivery system is in place to address patients’ serious health needs, 2.) Determine if those services are provided in an acceptable, appropriate and timely manner, and 3.) Provide recommendations to facilitate improvement in the prison’s health services.

Following the thorough review the team concluded that the healthcare delivery system both meets NCCHC’s standards and is delivered in an acceptable, timely manner.

To address the request outlined in the third area of focus provided to the NCCHC team, which recognizes the fact that health systems must always strive to improve and adapt, the report identifies areas that might benefit from improvement and offers recommendations that, if implemented, could further improve the quality of care at the facility.

The NCCHC is a not-for-profit organization that sets standards for health services in correctional facilities and is widely recognized for its expertise in measuring compliance and health system performance. It is committed to improving the quality of healthcare in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities and is guided by an exceptionally dedicated board of directors. As such, ISCI’s compliance with the high standards of the NCCHC illustrates the level of quality of its healthcare system and validates the hard work and trust developed between the Idaho Department of Correction, Corizon and its inmate patients.