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Corrections board renews prison medical contract with Corizon

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Board of Correction has awarded Corizon another contract to provide medical care to the state's prison inmates. The Department of Correction and Corizon have had a rocky relationship in the past. The state has been under pressure from a decades-old lawsuit to improve medical care for prisoners, and a court-appointed expert concluded more than a year ago that Corizon's medical care at one prison was exceedingly poor. Corizon countered that it was meeting national prison standards. Four companies submitted bids, and the proposals were scored based on technical details and overall cost. Corizon had the highest overall score, though it was also the most expensive proposal at nearly $41 million a year. The other companies — Centurion, CHC, Corizon and Naphcare — have about a week to appeal.

Idaho, prison medical firm at odds over contract

Idaho's prison system will increase payments to its medical provider by hundreds of thousands of dollars after the company demanded a raise, the AP reports, but will only extend its $27 million annual contract with Corizon Correctional Healthcare until January, not another 12 months as previously announced. The state Board of Correction voted Thursday to seek competitive bids for a new contract; click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Board of Correction votes for one-year extension of Corizon medical contract

Idaho's state Board of Correction has voted to extend its contract with Corizon, the troubled firm now providing medical care to the state's prison inmates, for another year, pushing back consideration of alternative providers until January of 2014, the AP reports. Corizon's troubles in Idaho have included fines of more than $200,000 from the Department of Correction for failure to meet basic contract requirements; an expert appointed by the federal courts found last year that Corizon's medical care was so poor that it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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