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Affordable Care Act Impact to Be Explored at Correctional Health Care Leadership Conference

Chicago, Ill. - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most significant piece of health care legislation in the United States in 45 years. The choices being made today will have a significant impact on health outcomes for inmates, treatment of mental illness in the community, correctional health care costs and even recidivism. In two plenary sessions at the Correctional Health Care Leadership Institutes on July 19-20 in Las Vegas, participants will learn what they need to do to prepare for the ACA.

In addition, the conference, sponsored by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), will prepare physicians and health administrators to meet goals such as reducing risk and providing quality care under strict budgets while providing them with tools for optimal staffing, outsourcing and outcome measurement.  The conference will offer simultaneous programming in essential and advanced tracks for both physicians and health administrators taught by seasoned correctional health care experts. Attendees may choose their sessions and customize their experiences. The program will end with a plenary session on the Prison Rape Elimination Act, supported by the National PREA Resource Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

“We worked closely with correctional health care leaders from around the nation (including members of the Society of Correctional Physicians) to create sessions that will help physicians and administrators lead in today’s correctional health care environment. We’re giving the attendees very strong technical information as well as excellent opportunities to meet and create relationships with other health care leaders who work in similar settings. It’s going to be a unique opportunity for people coming into leadership positions today to learn and for those with more experience to mentor and share,” says Dr. Brent Gibson, NCCHC vice president of operations.

The conference is presented in partnership with the Society of Correctional Physicians. Participants can earn up to 12.75 hours of continuing education and will have ample networking opportunities. Early bird registration discounts end on June 21. For more information, visit www.ncchc.org/leadership-institutes.

About NCCHC: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. Programs and resources include standards for health services, mental health services and opioid treatment programs in correctional facilities; voluntary accreditation programs for facilities that meet these standards; educational trainings and conferences; publications; and professional certification. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a liaison to the NCCHC board of directors. Learn more at www.ncchc.org.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians.

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