SLC Medicaid Program Integrity Seminar
June 23-24, 2013 | Atlanta, Georgia
SLC Human Services & Public Safety Committee Workshop

Medicaid Program Integrity

A group of 10 SLC lawmakers assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, June 23 – 24, for a Medicaid Program Integrity Seminar. The event featured successful strategies for addressing Medicaid fraud, abuse, and payment errors, which cumulatively amount to more than $11 billion in lost state revenue, every year. The program included a panel discussion on program integrity “best practices,” featuring presentations by Inspector General Robert Finlayson of the Georgia Department of Community Health; Mindy Chavanelle, program specialist with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Improvement and Integrity; Dennis Garvey, director of the Program Integrity Division in the Bureau of TennCare; and John Kopp, Missouri assistant attorney general and deputy director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

The program also featured an overview of federal Medicaid activities by Chris Whatley, director of CSG’s Washington D.C. Office, as well as a presentation by Kavita Choudhry, manager of the Pew and MacArthur Initiative on State Health Care Spending, which has catalogued state policies and programs throughout the nation to address Medicaid fraud and abuse. The program was facilitated by Senator Emmett Hanger, Virginia, current SLC Human Services and Public Safety Committee Chair. Participants included Representative Sharon Cooper, Georgia, immediate past chair of the SLC Human Services and Public Safety Committee; Representative John Burris and Senators Jonathan Dismang and David Sanders, Arkansas; Representatives Marilyn Avila and Justin Burr and Senator Ralph Hise, North Carolina; and Senators Evan Jenkins and Ron Stollings, West Virginia.