Centene Corporation (Centene) is a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. Centene takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals.
Centene owns and operates a number of specialty companies that provide a variety of products and services to complement and expand the company’s business lines.
Centene’s Centurion provides healthcare services to governmental agencies in a wide variety of patient care settings, including correctional facilities, state hospitals, courts, juvenile facilities, and community clinics. Centurion has clients in 17 states that operate over 300 facilities with 9,000+ employees.
Centene recently increased its investment in Centurion aimed at supporting the incarcerated population and the staff that serve them. Centurion’s objective is to expand primary and specialty care encounters with inmates and medical professionals.
Centene’s investment will improve access to care, reinforce its commitment to providing key medical supplies to the incarcerated population during the pandemic, and announced an expansion of its social determinants of health efforts to support those in the prison system.
Centurion’s increased focus on telehealth will expand the capacity of these services and help more incarcerated individuals get immediate access to remote care. Centurion’s telehealth services currently provide approximately 10,000 mental health and 2,500 primary medical and specialty care appointments monthly.
Centene is also expanding its partnerships with the Concordance Academy and other charitable agencies whose mission is to reduce recidivism, with new programs focused on addressing the broader social determinants that are critical to individuals’ outlook both during and following their time in prison.
Centurion was recently awarded a contract by the Kansas Department of Administration to provide healthcare services in the Department of Corrections’ facilities. The two-year contract is expected to commence on July 1, 2020 and includes two, two-year renewal options.
Centurion also began providing medical services, behavioral healthcare, and substance abuse treatment within four prisons and six community corrections centers across the state of Delaware.
Takeaway: Centurion’s investment in telehealth will strengthen its leadership in correctional health care market