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Wexford health care in corrections

Hi, does anyone have experience with Wexford as far as their management of a correctional site? My current company lost their contract and the winner was Wexford. Any info is appreciated.:confused:

I don't know anything, but I'm guessing you must work for the same state as I do. We're being told maybe in Oct. they will come in and explain pay/benefits and allow us to apply for our jobs. Have no idea if that is accurate.

I hadn't heard that, but funny thing is I got a notice from CMS in the mail today to "remember the dates" to sign up for benefits in October for 2011. Are you in Maryland?

Yep, in Maryland. I was talking to one of the providers and he said Sept. 26, Wexford is supposed to notify the state of staffing plans. He said the date had already changed once and who knows if it is rumor or accurate.

It seems like everything is up in the air. I will be updating my resume just in case. My co-worker says that you have to "apply" to the new company for your job. I guess since they underbid CMS by 9 million (what I heard), they may be making some staffing cuts. We will see.

We got a "transition" packet today. It outlines the benefits of Wexford and basically introduces the company to us. There are good and bad points to this transition. I may start looking for a new job just in case. For example, they offer 15 days a year of PTO, not including holidays. Currently with CMS we get 26 days a year, but that includes holidays. Wexford automatically will deduct 4% of your pay to go into 401K,but you can opt out. But I didn't see anything about matching funds. We will see. :confused:

Out of curiosity, did your facility just hire a ton of people? We were told that maybe they were hired so people could use up their PTO, but one of the new people commented that they were told they could apply for any job since no one would have seniority with Wexford--technically true, but still suprised by her statement. Seems that the current staff is being told one thing and new hires (all of whom are new grads) are being told something else.

I work for Wexford health. I work in Illinois i guess they are OK could be alot better. Have fun

Out of curiosity, did your facility just hire a ton of people? We were told that maybe they were hired so people could use up their PTO, but one of the new people commented that they were told they could apply for any job since no one would have seniority with Wexford--technically true, but still suprised by her statement. Seems that the current staff is being told one thing and new hires (all of whom are new grads) are being told something else.

No, we are just as short staffed as ever. At least at my site I haven't noticed any new nurses. Especially new grads which besides orientation have to be trained!:eek:

Are you saying CMS is OUT in Maryland? Everywhere? Yippee-ki-yi-yay! I can come home!

Well....technically they are out but, they are protesting the award of the contract. Wexford did an "orientation" at our site this week. We have to wait for "offer letters" in a couple of weeks to see what our wages will be. We will see.:uhoh3:

It figures CMS would protest the award. They are so . . .scummy.

It's hard to believe it will get better with Wexford considering they underbid CMS. Don't know the pay scale or shift diffs, but the PTO is SUBSTANTIALLY reduced and no matching of 401k with Wexford. We'll see how it works out.

It's hard to believe it will get better with Wexford considering they underbid CMS. Don't know the pay scale or shift diffs, but the PTO is SUBSTANTIALLY reduced and no matching of 401k with Wexford. We'll see how it works out.

I know right? Plus the lady that spoke to our group really turned me off. She was kinda condescending and loud. She didn't really give us any promising info about the company. "Just be on time!... Don't call me crying about your money. I care about my money! You are all adults!..." Maybe that's just her personality. I just didn't get the feel of "Welcome to our company!" I am waiting for the "offer letter" to see if this is worth it.

By the way, I just heard about the situation that CMS underbid Wexford. That's why they are protesting. I think the State was fed up with CMS.

I know right? Plus the lady that spoke to our group really turned me off. She was kinda condescending and loud. She didn't really give us any promising info about the company. "Just be on time!... Don't call me crying about your money. I care about my money! You are all adults!..." Maybe that's just her personality. I just didn't get the feel of "Welcome to our company!" I am waiting for the "offer letter" to see if this is worth it.

By the way, I just heard about the situation that CMS underbid Wexford. That's why they are protesting. I think the State was fed up with CMS.

I wasn't able to attend the meeting, so I missed what happened. I'm surprised she said those things. We were told they forgot to mail the offer letters and then mailed them Tues. or Wed., but nobody has seen it yet............ It will be interesting.

Allegedly the "offer letters" are coming to the sites and not to your home. Those letters also have the info to enroll in their health insurance (which they have yet to let you know how much it is gonna be). The woman also kinda explained their 401K participation. If you do not say "yes or no", you will be automatically enrolled to have 4% taken out of your pay and invested in the funds they see fit. No Matching Fund. She warned the crowd not to call her because she cannot get your money back from the government once the deduction had been taken. Alas, we will see...

2003rn specializes in Geriatrics, Med-Surg, Corrections.

We have Wexford, it's ok, but PTO time isn't good. We have to use PTO as sick time as well as vacation time, also if you're late, even by one minute, you get 15 minutes of PTO time taken away, it just isn't fair. We are in need of new equipment, (thermometers, pulse ox, b/p cuffs, etc.,) it seems like we have to do without quality equipment because the company is cheap. Just my humble opinion...:crying2:

Well, Wexford lost the bid and we still have CMS. I think the thing with using PTO to make up time if you are late is universal in corrections. It's the same here with CMS. It has something to do with the contract with the state.

2003rn specializes in Geriatrics, Med-Surg, Corrections.

:eek:I also think the PTO time with Wexford leaves a lot to desire. Having to use it as sick time, if you are a few minutes late you are charged 15 minutes of your PTO time, with this system, you can hardly ever build enough time for a vacation.

Wexford was scheduled to take over an account in Maryland. Anyone have news to this event?

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