Monday, June 4, 2012
Prison Health Care in Idaho Questioned
Corizon, a private, for-profit medical care provider, has come under fire for the services it has been providing to Idaho in managing health care at the Idaho State Prison. A lack of medical care and persistent negligence were components of a huge lawsuit against the facility that was settled last year. Following that lawsuit, a federal court appointed an expert to oversee medical care at the facility, and his initial findings detailed some rather grave findings, including chronic patients going unfed and being left in soiled linens, delays in reporting serious health issues, and possibly even some preventable deaths due to a lack of treatment. Corizon then commissioned its own report, which found that the company was just peachy. Shocking. Somehow, the report they commissioned from the NCCHC found that nearly half of the records it reviewed had problems ranging from "minor to significant," but yet the facility was in substantial compliance with national health standards.