UMMS to manage medical services for N.C. federal inmates

Potential 4-year, $136-million contract is largest for Health and Criminal Justice program

July 18, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded UMass Medical School a contract to manage comprehensive medical services to approximately 4,900 inmates at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) located in Butner, N.C.

The agreement, valued at $24.7 million for the first  year, represents the Medical School’s largest federal correctional health contract to date. The contract also has options for four additional years that could increase the overall award to more than $136 million through 2016.

The Medical School’s Health and Criminal Justice Program, part of its Commonwealth Medicine division, will manage the contract. The work at FMC Butner will begin later this month.

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to share our health and management expertise at the Butner facility,” said Joyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine. “This builds on our impressive correctional health experience at the state and federal levels, and will allow us to extend that work and specialized knowledge to the FMC Butner population. We can’t wait to get started.”

The contract calls for UMMS to coordinate both inpatient and outpatient physician and hospital services. The Medical School will manage care at the correctional facility and in community settings, through a partnership with Duke University Health System, which will provide most of the direct care services.

UMMS has also provided comprehensive health services for the past 12 years at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ medical facility located in Devens. Additionally, the 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.