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Marion County Board To Vote on New Medical Care Contract for Jail Prisoners

The Marion County Board's Law Enforcement Committee is recommending a change in medical care at the county jail.  

The full board will be asked Tuesday to enter into a $101,250 yearly contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare of Peoria.  The contract includes $25,000 to pay for hospital care.  The county would be responsible for paying any overages and would get a refund if not all the money is spent.   The contract would provide the county with the medical staff, a program to administer medical care, and a review of hospital bills to make sure they are correct.  

Sheriff Jerry DeVore says the only place he sees the potential for large savings is cutting down on the number of hospital visits by inmates.  One committee member estimated from bills that inmates had been transported to the hospital 37 times in the last month.  In addition to the hospital bills, DeVore says the hospital visits are resulting in overtime for personnel to guard the prisoners.

The committee voted to withhold payment pending further investigation on five bills from Salem Township Hospital for care provided in 2010 that they are just now receiving.    The bills total $450.  

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