Status Update on CMC Contract
In early December, I wrote to let you know that the negotiation period for UTMB’s correctional care contract had been extended until January 31, 2012, to allow time for UTMB and TDCJ to reach a mutually acceptable agreement for fiscal year 2013. Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, we have not yet been able to do so.
Discussions are continuing. In the meantime, consistent with the current agreement, we will begin the early phases of planning for a transition of correctional health services to TDCJ. The transition is designed to avoid disruptions in patient care, and UTMB will continue providing unit and hospital care as previously agreed. We will provide further information as it becomes available over the coming weeks.
We thank everyone for their patience and support as we continue to work through the process of creating a new model for correctional health care that will provide appropriate services for the offender population at a reasonable cost for our state.
Dr. David L. Callender