UMMS awarded $8 million contract to manage care at federal correctional health facility in New York

By Jennifer Rosinski

UMass Medical School Communications

May 15, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded UMass Medical School a 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 the 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 UMMS 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, UMMS 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.

UMMS has a long track record of providing care at 17 state-run prisons in Massachusetts, serving the health needs of approximately 11,500 inmates.