Delaware Hospital System to Review State Prison Health Care
DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Delaware's largest hospital system will conduct a review of medical and behavioral health care in state prisons.
Department of Correction officials said Thursday that Christiana Care Health System has agreed to conduct the review at no cost.
Christiana Care does not have expertise in prison health care but has agreed to provide recommendations based on health care industry standards.
“We are taking additional steps to strengthen our correctional health care system to assess how effectively we are meeting clinical quality benchmarks for patient safety, disease management, health promotion and continuity of care for offenders under DOC supervision," said DOC Commissioner Claire DeMatteis. “The public should be reassured that Christiana Care has agreed to leverage its deep knowledge and exceptional clinical team to conduct this review and provide best practice recommendations that will help inform decisions about DOC’s correctional health care system going forward."
The six-week review, which will begin the first week in September, will conclude with a written report that provides prospective recommendations on opportunities to enhance clinical quality and safety by adopting best practices regarding workflow management, data and analytics management and support. The DOC will provide the data, documents, information and access to personnel and facilities that is necessary for Christiana Care to perform its work.
Earlier this year, state lawmakers unanimously approved a bill reforming a committee charged with monitoring prison health care in Delaware.
The bill was introduced after the attorney general's office confirmed it was investigating allegations that DOC's medical contractor, Connections Community Support Programs, had ordered staffers to forge documents to falsely state inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received.
Connections also faces a host of inmate lawsuits.