USP Coleman I Medical Care

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The Health Services Unit is available for sick-call, first-aid, emergency and routine treatment, and follow-up care provided by the Clinical Nurse, Mid-Level Practitioners, Staff Medical Officer, or the Clinical Director.


Sick-call sign up is from 6:30am to 7:00am, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The inmate must present his ID card. The inmate will be given an appointment slip with the time and date he is to return. Only emergencies and scheduled appointments will be handled at other times.

Dental emergencies, eye examinations, and requests for glasses will be handled through a sick-call appointment.


Glasses, if needed, will be prescribed and ordered by Health Services. Delivery of the eyeglasses takes about 6 – 8 weeks. Standard eyeglasses, if prescribed, will be issued at no cost to the inmate. A limited selection of “custom” frames are available from the eye doctor at the inmates request. These “custom” frames must be purchased and paid for by the inmate. The necessary forms will be provided by the eye doctor. The BOP assumes no responsibility for the cost or repair of these “custom” eyeglasses.

Physical Examinations

Physical examinations will be conducted on Wednesday:
New Commitment- The inmate will be scheduled for a complete physical examination during his first 14 days at this institution, unless a physical examination has been conducted while he was in transit.

Over age 50- The inmate may request, via an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to the HSA, a complete physical each year after attaining the age of 50. This exam will include electrocardiogram, checking for glaucoma, and screening for colon cancer.

Under age 50- The inmate may request, via an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to the HSA, a complete physical exam every two years.

Release physical- The inmate may request, via an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to the Health Services Administrator (HSA) a complete physical prior to his release. The request should be sent approximately 90 days prior to the inmate’s release date.

Medical Records

The inmate may request copies of his Medical Records, via an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to Medical Records. Medical Records will place the inmate on call out when the records are ready to be picked up.

Dental sick-call

Dental sick-call is provided for patients who are experiencing emergencies. Dental emergencies are:


Swelling in the jaw or gums that is painful or distorting the face

Traumatic wounds

Complications from previous treatment and other conditions that, in the opinion of the examiner, require immediate attention.

Inmates are to sign up for emergency dental sick-call at Health Services during normal sick call hours.
Patients who require non-emergency dental care must submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member form asking for their name to be placed on the cleaning and/or routine care waiting list. Routine care includes cleaning, permanent fillings, and dentures.

Idle or Convalescence: It is occasionally necessary to restrict an inmate’s activities for health reasons, without hospitalizing the inmate. In such cases, the inmate will be placed on Idle or Convalescence status.

1. Idle – An inmate must remain in his quarters except to go to meals, medication line, religious services, approved visits, medical call-outs, sick-call, clothing exchange, and commissary on the scheduled night. The inmate is prohibited from participating in any recreational activities outside his quarters. In such cases when the idle slip is marked “bed rest,” the inmate is restricted to his bed for medical reasons.

2. Convalescence – The inmate does not participate in any work assignment, but he is not restricted to his quarters. He may not participate in activities such as handball, baseball, football, softball, basketball, weight lifting, any organized sport, or other strenuous activity. He may engage in activities such as chess, checkers, and cards. If the inmate is enrolled in a school program, he must attend class unless specifically excused by written statement on the Convalescence form.

Medical Restriction

If medically indicated, an inmate will be placed on work/athletic restriction following his initial physical examination or upon discovery of a change in medical status (i.e., disease or injury).


Medication lines are scheduled daily (seven days per week) during open yard movements at the following times:
6:00am – 6:30am 2:30pm – 3:00pm 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Non-restricted medication will normally be available for pick-up at 2:30pm. Inmates will be allowed to keep these medications in their possession in their original labeled containers only. Any medications that are found past the expiration date and/or not in the appropriate containers will be considered contraband.

Non-restricted medications with prescribed refills available will be refilled if the refill form is completed and dropped off at the pharmacy refill box. These refill forms should be dropped off at the pharmacy refill box during the morning (6:00am) pill line. Refills will be available for pick-up during the 2:30pm – 3:00pm pill line ONLY . Refills are only provided Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The inmate must present his ID card before picking up any medication.


Inmates requiring hospitalization will be referred to a community hospital as appropriate. Request for re-designation of inmates requiring non-emergency inpatient medical care or long term chronic care will be forwarded to the Medical Designator, Central Office, for consideration. Visitation during an outside hospitalization is subject to approval by the Health Services Administrator, Captain, and Unit Manager.

Inmate Copayment Program

Pursuant to the Federal Prisoner Health Care Copayment Act (FHCCA) of 2000 (P.L. 106-294, 18 U.S.C.  4048), the Federal Bureau of Prisons and USP-1 Coleman provide notice of the Inmate Copayment Program for health care effective October 3, 2005.

A. Application: The Inmate Copayment Program applies to anyone in an institution under the Bureaus jurisdiction and anyone who has been charged with or convicted of an offense against the United States, except inmates in inpatient status at a Medical Referral Center (MRC). All inmates in outpatient status at the MRCs and inmates assigned to the General Population at these facilities are subject to copay fees.

B. Health Care Visits with a Fee:

1. You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care 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 in section C. below.

These requested appointments 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 in section C. below, you will be charged a $2.00 co-pay fee for that visit.

2. 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.

C. Health Care Visits with no Fee:

We will not charge a fee for:
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 also not charge a fee for:

Blood pressure monitoring;
Glucose monitoring;
Insulin injections;
Chronic care clinics;
TB testing;
Wound Care; or
Patient education.

Your health care provider will determine if the type of appointment scheduled is subject to a co-pay fee.
D. Indigency: 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 considered indigent, you will not have the co-pay fee deducted from your Inmate Commissary Account.

If you are NOT indigent, but you do not have sufficient funds to make the co-pay 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.

E. Complaints: You may seek review of issues related to health service fees through the Bureaus Administrative Remedy Program (see 28 CFR part 542).

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