Dianne Heffron, former CMS official, joins Mercer GHSC
Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official Dianne Heffron has joined Mercer’s Government Human Services Consulting (GHSC) practice. Based in Washington, DC, she will focus on innovative program design with an emphasis on strategic finance and payment reform techniques.
Ms. Heffron held a number of senior positions within CMS. Most recently she served as Director, Financial Management Group, for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, where she was responsible for the overall financial management of the federal Medicaid program budget of hundreds of billions of dollars through oversight of federal grant outlays, state budget and expenditure reporting, national Medicaid reimbursement and state financing policy, and other activities to promote the program’s fiscal integrity. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Heffron advised Department of Health and Human Services senior management regarding policy development and statutory and regulatory interpretation.
Read the full Press Release here.
GHSC in the News
Charlotte Observer - 31 Jan. 2013
MeckLINK gets past critical hurdle to overseeing mental health money
MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare cleared a critical hurdle Wednesday after state-hired consultants determined there was a "high probability" that the Mecklenburg agency would be able to oversee federal money for mental health services by March 1. County Manager Harry Jones delivered the "good news" to commissioners after three hours of exercises meant to strengthen oft-contentious relations between the board and Jones and his staff.
Had MeckLINK not passed Wednesday’s scrutiny by Mercer Government Human Services Consulting, the agency would have lost the program, according to an agreement reached last week with N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos.
That would have meant losing $215 million in federal Medicaid and state yearly funding for 155,000 Mecklenburg residents who rely on the money for mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services. The county has hired more than 200 staffers and spent $3 million to build the program.
"I feel very good now that we will be allowed to go forward in implementing the Medicaid waiver program in Mecklenburg County," Jones said. Cotham said she was glad the county decided to hire Bishop and fight to keep MeckLINK. "I’m glad that they (MeckLINK) have made the first hurdle and hope they make the second hurdle," she said.
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GHSC presented at annual National Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) conference in September
Mercer presented two topics at this year's HCBS conference in conjunction with its state clients, Delaware, North Carolina and Louisiana. The two topics covered were Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports and Using Home & Community Based Rate Development and Individual Budget Allocation Strategies in a Person-Centered System of Care. If you would like a copy of the presentation(s), please email Mercer.
Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the health care law
The Major Provisions of the ACA
The Court's Decision
Sam Espinosa selected as new GHSC Phoenix Office Leader
Sam Espinosa is a Principal with GHSC focusing on rates for special populations and new managed care initiatives. His expertise is actuarial analyses strategy and negotiations. Sam has been a leader of Mercer's Long Term Care rate team.
As the new office leader for GHSC's largest office, he will lead over 100 team members and manage the strategy for the practice.
Branch McNeal selected as new National Practice Leader
Branch McNeal is a Senior Partner at Mercer Government Human Services Consulting. Branch joined GHSC in 2002 and is an invaluable resource to his state and Federal clients, along with his cohorts throughout Mercer. He has been accountable for multiple Medicaid, CHIP and Medicare engagements. Client rely on his extensive financial and executive management knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare. Branch is adept in helping clients to fully understand the scope of an issue or project and the ability to recognize operational issues that may result from contemplated actions.
As the National Practice Leader, Branch will continue the focus of growth for the practice including the retention and recruitment of the group's key resource - the highly skilled and talented staff.
Former National Practice Leader, Mark Hoyt, retires
Long considered the founding father of the GHSC practice within Mercer, Mark Hoyt has shared his vast knowledge and support of the public health care system over the last 27 years in GHSC. His contagious enthusiasm and belief in the mission of this organization is greatly responsible for its success. We know that clients and staff alike wish him well in his retirement, knowing that he will never be completely out of sight or out of mind. Best wishes, Mark!
Basic Health Program
HELD October 19, 2011
Mercer GHSC held a national webcast on the Basic Health Program options for states. Access to the presentation, recording and other information on BHP can be found here. You may also email GHSC for assistance at <...@mercer.com.
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