WORCESTER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School a multimillion dollar contract to manage comprehensive medical services for nearly 1,000 inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) located in Ray Brook, New York.
The five-year agreement is valued at a total of $8 million, and becomes UMass Medical School’s fourth federal correctional health contract. The Health and Criminal Justice Program, part of UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division, will manage the contract. The medical school’s work at FCI Ray Brook will begin next month.
“UMass Medical School is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to bring our correctional health management expertise to the Ray Brook facility,” said Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine. “This new contract allows us to extend our impressive experience and specialized knowledge to the FCI Ray Brook inmate population.”
The contract calls for UMass Medical School to coordinate inpatient and outpatient care provided by specialist physicians at the correctional facility and in community settings. The medical school will manage scheduling and handle all claims associated with the care.
A leader in correctional health, UMass Medical School has provided comprehensive health services for the past 14 years at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ medical facility in Devens, Mass. In August 2012, the medical school began providing comprehensive medical services at the federal medical center in Butner, N.C., and was awarded a contract for FCI Berlin, N.H. in 2013.
UMass Medical School has a long track record of providing care at 17 state-run prisons in Massachusetts, serving the health needs of approximately 11,500 inmates.
About the University of Massachusetts Medical School
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest-growing academic health sciences centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The Medical School attracts more than $255 million in research funding annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources. The mission of the Medical School is to advance the health and well-being of the people of Massachusetts and the world, through pioneering education, research, public service and health care delivery. Commonwealth Medicine, the Medical School’s health care consulting and operations division, provides a wide range of care management and consulting services to government agencies and health care organizations. For more information, visit commed.umassmed.edu.