2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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DOC Medical High-Cost Inmates (language only)

Item 393 #1c

Item 393 #1c

Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Corrections


Page 382, line 46, strike "J." and insert "J.1."

Page 382, after line 56, insert:

"2. The Department of Corrections, through its contract with the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Health Administration, shall review the management of a selected number of inmates who account for the largest share of total inpatient and outpatient medical care costs within the department.  The review shall include inmates who have been enrolled in Medicaid for qualifying inpatient hospitalizations; for these individuals, the Department of Medical Assistance shall provide the requisite enrollee data.  The review shall address the number and characteristics of these inmates (including demographic background, offense history, and security classification) who account for the highest costs for medical care.  The review shall also consider, to the extent available, their medical history and current medical issues and address potential case management strategies and other steps to reduce costs for these inmates in the long term.  Copies of the review shall be provided by October 1, 2017, to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Chairman of the Joint Commission on Health Care, and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."


(This amendment directs the Department of Corrections to review the small number of inmates who account for a large proportion of total inpatient and outpatient medical care costs, along with strategies for controlling those costs in the long term.)