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DOC reprocure medical services

SECTION 197.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of correction shall reprocure medical services provided at all institutions with 1 or more contracts to decrease healthcare expenses and increase efficiencies. The department shall solicit new bids for such services and shall include, but not be limited to, mental health and dental services. Reprocurement shall be subject to an open and competitive bid process. Eligible applications shall include plans to track claims and treatment data. When entering into a new healthcare contract, the department of correction may give preference to vendors with a demonstrated ability to most effectively secure federal reimbursements. In executing the reprocurement of such services, the department shall notify the sheriffs in each of the departments of county sheriffs who may elect to participate in the reprocurement of such services.