In response to a projected shortfall of $65M—$105M within UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care budget, a reduction in force within the CMC program will take place as scheduled, Wednesday, July 21. However, working with the TDCJ, UTMB has modified the staff plan so that dental care for offenders can continue at its current level for now, reducing from 363 to 296 the number of individuals affected. In addition, UTMB expects to hire some of the nurses and other medical staff whose positions were eliminated into comparable positions at other sites, which would further decrease the overall impact of the workforce reduction. The new staffing plan for CMC outpatient units is based on a proven model of community health care delivery that UTMB and TDCJ consider appropriate for the offender patient population as well. This model — which has been designed with anticipated changes related to health care reform in mind — employs a sophisticated electronic medical record system to better manage patient care and outcomes. While UTMB is relieved that the total number of CMC employees affected by the reduction in force is less than anticipated, the university recognizes that this remains a difficult time for everyone involved in the program. Job assistance services are available through the Texas Workforce Commission, and affected employees will continue to receive priority consideration for UTMB and CMC positions for which they qualify.
Monday, July 19, 2010
UTMB won't lay off as many prison dentists, but other RIFs stand
UTMB won't be laying off quite as many people in their correctional managed care division as previously reported, restoring dental care to previous levels. (Nurses, especially R.N.s, were the other big category affected.) A reader informed me of the news, which was confirmed when I contacted UTMB's Raul Reyes who declined to respond verbally but later emailed me this written statement: