Questions arose in the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care case.
Corene Kendrick with the Prison Law Office, a firm representing Arizona prisoners, questioned changes and renewal of the contract between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and Corizon Health for prison health care.
In a procurement document entitled “Competition Impractical,” ADC explained the one-year renewal will give the state a chance to “allow for the exploration of different service models” and to develop a new RFP for heath care services.
KJZZ quotes Chief Procurement Officer Ken Sanchez:
Extending the current contract is advantageous to the state as it will allow ADC to cancel the current RFP and provide sufficient time to complete the service model, source selection and award process.
The Prison Law Office asserts:
Corizon Health has shown widespread noncompliance with health care benchmarks they agreed to.
The advocates believe that higher-level provider positions such as physicians, dentists and psychologists are being replaced by registered nurses or psych associates.
Learn more about this developing story at KJZZ.