Corizon Health Keeps Falling Short On Performance, Hiring Benchmarks For Arizona Prisons

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 6:56pm
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:47pm
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At a hearing in federal court on Monday, Arizona Department of Corrections Assistant Director Richard Pratt updated the court on the Parsons v. Ryan prison health-care settlement.

Pratt told the court Corizon Health continues to fail to meet performance measures agreed to in the settlement as well as hiring benchmarks outlined in a contract with the state.

The state pays Corizon Health $12.56 per inmate per day to provide health care in Arizona prisons.

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According to Pratt, Corizon owed $200,000 and $210,000 for failing to meet performance measures in November and December 2017. Corizon also paid more than $150,000 for understaffing during those same months.

The fines and staffing offsets are applied to payments made by the state to Corizon.

In addition, Magistrate Judge David Duncan has threatened to impose $1,000 in fines for specific performance measures the state is missing, which plaintiff’s attorneys believe could cost millions of dollars per month.

Attorneys for the state said Arizona is still deciding whether to renew Corizon’s contract for another five years.

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