Audit criticizes prison system medical provider

February 3, 2011 9:20:18 AM PST
A state audit of the major provider of the Texas prison system's health care program is criticizing the school for lack of oversight in reimbursements for services and for boosting some salaries at a time when it's reporting a deficit. The audit released Thursday also says the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston may be charging its correctional care division for a disproportionate amount of indirect costs and is charging for some costs specifically barred by its contract or by state requirements.

UTMB officials say they disagree with the findings.

The review comes in the wake of a state legislative budget proposal unveiled last month that calls for cuts of almost $224 million in health care and monitoring costs for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.