A Statement From CMC and CBH Medical Regarding Recent Events in Schenectady County, New York

To our clients, employees, and other interested parties: As has been reported in the media, Correctional Medical Care has been named in a complaint filed by attorney E. Robert Keach on behalf of his client Michael Revels. CMC has received  a copy of this complaint, which makes numerous allegations that are knowingly false. Unfortunately, CMC is precluded by law from publicly responding to Mr. Keach’s false statements concerning the care of Mr. Revels or any other patient. Mr. Keach’s complaint simply has no basis, as will be proven in Court.  For example, CMC does not and never has owned CBH Medical, as Mr. Keach alleges, and CMC does not provide medical care in the state of New York. Rather, CMC is an administrator of a contract between Schenectady County and the independent medical provider, CBH Medical, a fact of which Mr. Keach has regularly been informed. Moreover, CBH Medical and its staff do not and never have based any medical decision on profit margin and do not withhold medical care to enhance profit. There is absolutely no motive for CBH Medical to withhold hospital care for incarcerated patients as Mr. Keach falsely claims. Also CBH Medical does not bear the cost of any such hospitalization, which generally is paid by Medicaid. CBH Medical provides high-quality medical care to the jail population of Schenectady County and other counties including Albany County and Rensselaer County. On a daily basis it provides needed medical care and treatment to thousands of incarcerated individuals. This population includes many individuals with a long history of diverse and often serious medical issues, many of whom have had...

Pennsylvania Closing Two State Prisons

Governor Tom Wolf says the state will close two prisons to save money. The state prison inmate population had dropped considerably in recent years, which is prompting the cost-cutting move. Five state prisons are on the list of possible cuts. But this is not sitting well in communities that are dependent on correctional facilities for jobs. In Pennsylvania, as in many states, many rural communities depend on these types of prisons as crucial employers. In some counties, the correctional facilities employ so many locals that other businesses, such as local retail, dining, and other business, will suffer second-hand effects from closings. In order to make up for the lost beds, prisons will be running over capacity, which could make correction officers and medical personnel’s already difficult jobs more stressful.  The job of rehabilitating prisoners, already so difficult, will get even tougher. There is also the chance that due to these overcrowded conditions, overtime will go up, partially negating any cost savings the commonwealth was hoping for. Members of both political parties from all five counties are already making the case to the governor that their county should not be the one to lose out in the...

Caring for the Elderly After Prison

What happens to an elderly inmate when they are released? Would it be beneficial to release more elderly inmates back into the community? The American population in general is becoming older, and correctional facilities are no exception to this. These inmates can place an exception burden on facilities and governments responsible for their care. Conditions for the elderly and infirm are often extra challenging when they are kept in prison. Due to limited space, resources, and equipment, they are not easily made comfortable. Most prisons were not made with accommodating those who have difficult walking in mind. It is estimated that older prisoners are two to three times more expensive to care for than younger ones. And while incarcerated, inmates are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare for treatment inside the facility. Correctional health providers know how costly in time and dollars it can be to take care of elderly inmates. Releasing them to live out their days in the community provides a better general outcome. Increased usage of compassionate releases can help realize this. No matter what, it is an issue that will need more and more attention as populations...