FCI Yazoo City Low Medical Care

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Program Objective

The expected result of this program is that Health care will be delivered to inmates in accordance with proven standards of care without compromising public safety concerns inherent to the agency’s overall mission.

Availability and Accessibility

The Federal Correctional Complex provides primary health care for acute and chronic conditions including diagnosis, treatment, education, and counseling for inmates. Our staff includes: physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, dentists, a pharmacist, and administrative support staff. Most radiological procedures are done onsite with the support of a consultant radiologist. All laboratory specimens are sent to referral laboratories for analysis, except for finger sticks for blood glucose and urine dip sticks. Consultants from the specialties of optometry, surgery, dermatology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, internal medicine and dietician evaluate patients at the institution on a regularly scheduled basis. Any additional care needs as determined by the Clinical Director will be provided in the local community or by a Federal Medical Center.

Primary Care Provider Teams

Healthcare is delivered by an assigned team of medical providers. Upon arrival to FCC Yazoo City each inmate is assigned to a team consisting of a primary mid-level provider (PA/ARNP), nurse (RN/LPN), and a physician. FCC inmates are assigned to a team by their register number. Specifically, the last two digits of the first five numbers of their register number (i.e.00025-000). A complete listing of healthcare team providers and the inmate population register numbers they provide primary services to will be posted on each unit bulletin board (A & B side). FPC inmates are assigned to a single team given the population size of the unit.


Inmate Copayment Program

In accordance with Program Statement P6031.02 you must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services (includes medical and dental services), charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you receive health care services in connection with a health care visit that you requested, except for services described below:

We will not charge a fee for the following:
1. Health care services based on health care staff referrals;
2. Health Care staff-approved follow-up treatment for a chronic condition;
3. Preventive health care services;
4. Emergency services;
5. Prenatal care;
6. Diagnosis or treatment of chronic infectious diseases;
7. Mental health care; or
8. Substance abuse treatment.

If a health care provider orders or approves any of the following, we will not charge a fee:
• Blood pressure monitoring;
• Glucose monitoring;
• Insulin injections;
• Chronic care clinics;
• TB testing;
• Vaccinations;
• Wound Care; or
• Patient education.

Requested appointments which qualify for a fee assessment include Sick Call and after-hours requests to see a health care provider. If you ask a non-medical staff member to contact medical staff to request a medical evaluation on your behalf for a health service not listed above, you will be charged a $2.00 copay fee for that visit. You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services, charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you are found responsible through the Disciplinary Hearing Process to have injured an inmate who, as a result of the injury, requires a health care visit. Your health care provider will determine if the type of appointment scheduled is subject to a copay fee. If you are considered indigent at the time of your appointment, you will not have the copay fee deducted from your Inmate Commissary Account. An indigent inmate is an inmate who has not had a trust fund account balance of $6.00 for the past 30 days. If you are NOT indigent, but you do not have sufficient funds to make the copay fee on the date of the appointment, a debt will be established by TRUFACS, and the amount will be deducted as funds are deposited into your Inmate Commissary Account.

Sick Call Hours

Medical sick call hour appointments are routinely scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. daily (Monday – Friday) with the following exceptions:

At the FCC, Wednesday’s are administrative days when only physical examinations, specialty services, and emergencies are seen. All A & O processing is routinely performed on this day.

On week-ends and holidays, only emergency cases will be evaluated.


Sick call sign up for medical and dental complaints will be held from 6:30 am to 7:45 a.m., on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Inmates will fill out sick call forms and put the in the sick call box in the Health Services Department. The sick call forms will be triaged by medical staff. Inmates with urgent medical needs will be seen on the same day. Inmates who present during regular sick call sign-up with minor medical issues will be given a future appointment by a health care provider. Appointments will be scheduled via sick call appointment slip or a call-out appointment. All request for sick call or routine medical care received prior to 7:45am will be processed the same day and returned to you via the evening institutional mail call with your scheduled appointment time/date noted. Those received after 7:45am will be processed the next work day. Appointments will be given in accordance with sick call triage guidelines (i.e. Same Day, 1-2 days, 3 days, and 7-14 days). Patients arriving late for appointments will not be seen and are subject to disciplinary action. It is your responsibility to check the call-outs (appointment system) on a daily basis to include week-ends and report for your appointment at the proper time. Sick call rounds in the Special Housing Units will be performed daily each morning without exception.

After-Hour Treatment

Only emergencies will be evaluated.

Normal Duty Hours:

6:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of weekends and holidays.


The following procedure will be followed in the event of a medical emergency. First, notify
your work supervisor/correctional officer. Then a staff member will notify the medical practitioner on duty who will assess the urgency for treatment.

Medical Personnel


Names and titles are posted in the front lobby of the Health Services Department. When addressing or requesting the attention of a staff member you are to use their title or Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc. followed by their last name. The practice of first name usage is not allowed.


In an effort to facilitate and provide you with quality health care, translators are available in various languages upon your request.

Temporary Medical Classifications


These are generally short-term, not to exceed 72 hours, for acute injuries or illnesses. This is a non-working status. You must remain in your unit with the following exceptions: You may attend meals, religious services and sick call.


These are generally long-term, not to exceed 30 days, for surgical procedures or rehabilitation. This is a non-working status. You may leave the unit after clearance of the Unit Officer. You will not be allowed to participate in any sports unless otherwise indicated by the practitioner.

Pharmacy Services

Prescriptions written for you during sick call visits or follow-up appointments are to be picked up by you no later than 72 hours after your appointment. Refills are to be turned in during the first pill-line of the day. Pill line hours are clearly posted at the pharmacy window. Over the counter medications such as aspirin, Tylenol and common cold preparations are available at the commissary for your purchase. An evaluation is required for all medications dispensed at the pharmacy that require a prescription.

Physical Examinations

All newly committed inmates, halfway house failures and parole violators will have a physical examination in accordance to criteria set forth in Program Statement 6031.01. As an inmate in this category you may not refuse any part of the initial physical or testing. Routine medical assessments will be completed following the Medical Director’s established criteria for Preventive Health Care. Inmates preparing to be released may have an exiting physical upon written request to the Health Information Department. The request cannot be more than 6 months prior to release or less than one month prior to release.


Unless otherwise documented, all inmates are required to receive a tetanus and PPD upon arrival at the institution. Yearly influenza vaccine is offered to the population with emphasis placed on those “at risk”. Hepatitis B vaccine series will be offered to those inmates working in potentially hazardous areas, and Pneumococcal vaccine is offered when clinically indicated only.

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Program

This facility fully supports patient education, disease prevention programs and your active participation in your health care. In order to facilitate these programs your unit team, psychology department, recreation department and health services department has joined efforts to provide you with a variety of written material, videos, audio tapes, oral presentations, workshops, and exercises to assist and guide you in your total body care.

Medical Record Copies

Requests for copies of your medical file should be submitted on an INMATE REQUEST TO A STAFF MEMBER FORM and sent via the institutional unit mail to the Health Services Department, specifically addressed to the Medical Records Department. The cop-out should provide the specific items that you are requesting copies of from your file. You will then be placed on institution call out when your copies are ready.

Special Care Items

Institutional eye glasses will be provided at government expense following the optometrist evaluation. Inmates who wish to have eye glasses mailed from an outside source must have the Health Systems Administrator’s approval. The inmate will send the Health Systems Administrator a “Cop-Out,” requesting to complete a “Special Package Authorization” form. Medical shoes will be authorized by the Clinical Director and purchased by the Health Systems Administrator. If soft shoes are required during duty hours, blue bus shoes shall be worn.

Open House

The Health Systems Administrator and Assistant Health systems administrator do not have a time set for “Open House.” Inmate may address their concerns during “Main Line” and/or by sending a “Cop-Out,” in which they will be placed on “Call Out” to discuss their concerns.

Advance Directive

You may request a “Living Will” be placed in your Health Record. An Advance Directive is a document which provides a means for competent inmates at FCC Yazoo City to make a declaration of preferences or instructions regarding health care decisions in a legal and binding document. At no time will the preferences indicated in the Advance Directive be activated at FCC Yazoo City.
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