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Managing Prison Health Care Spending

Nationwide, spending on health care and on corrections is putting serious pressure on state budgets. Medicaid—the largest component of states' health care spending—has been the fastest-growing part of state expenditures over the past two decades, with corrections a close second.

Inmates' health, the public's safety, and taxpayers' total corrections bills are all affected by how states manage prison health care services. Effective treatment of inmates' physical and mental ailments, including substance abuse, improves the well-being of prisoners and can reduce the likelihood that they will commit new crimes or violate probation once released.

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Campus News

Prison Inmates Are Signing Up for Insurance Through the Affordable Healthcare Act
In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

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Inadequately Managed Allergies Cause Significant Economic Burden
New research in Europe indicates that avoidable indirect costs per patient insufficiently treated for allergy equal 2,405.00 Euros per year due to absence from work and reduced working capacity. 

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The Caring Challenge in Correctional Nursing
Correctional nurses face a daily struggle to care for their patients while delivering much-needed healthcare in a restricted environment where they may also fear for their own personal safety. How can nurses truly care for and care about their inmate patient population? 
 
Posted: 8/3/2014 7:59:25 AM

How to Deal with Inmate Anger
Workplace violence is an increasing concern in all care settings. Jails and prisons are full of angry people with poor impulse control. Correctional nurses need skills in deflating potentially violent situations in their clinical practice.
 
Posted: 8/3/2014 7:47:13 AM

When Health Care is Not a Primary Mission
Having come from a traditional healthcare setting, one of the challenges I faced in entering correctional nursing was the stark difference in organizational mission. I was now working in a setting whose primary mission was not health care. 
 
Posted: 8/3/2014 7:14:43 AM
 
 
 
 

Featured Author: Lorry Schoenly

 
 
 
  Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional health care. She provides consulting services to jails and prisons across the country on projects to improve professional nursing practice and patient safety. She began her corrections experience in the NJ Prison system where she created and implemented education for nurses, physicians, dentists, and site managers. Before “accidentally” finding correctional healthcare, she practiced in critical care and orthopaedic specialties. Dr. Schoenly  actively promotes correctional health care through social media outlets and increases the visibility of the specialty through her popular blog – correctionalnurse.net.

Her podcast, Correctional Nursing Today, reviews correctional healthcare news and interviews correctional health care leaders. Lorry is co-editor and chapter author of Essentials of Correctional Nursing, the first primary practice text for the correctional nursing specialty, published in 2012 and available on amazon.com. When not writing, speaking and consulting on correctional nursing practice, Lorry can be found exploring civil war battlefields or building Lego towers with her toddler grandson.
 
 
 
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