In a press release this morning, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced his nomination of James C. Cox to serve as the New York State Medicaid Inspector General. We previously broke this news to the industry and to the New York Nonprofit Press on July 6, 2011.
With 23 years of experience in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s Office of Audit Services, Mr. Cox is well-suited for this position. He served most recently as Regional Inspector General for Region V, which consists of six Midwestern states, where he coordinated national and regional audits for Medicare and Medicaid. He also helped create a joint Department of Justice and Health and Human Services task force to combat waste, fraud and abuse in government programs.
Regarding his nomination, Governor Cuomo said: “Jim Cox is exactly who we need to serve as the New York State Medicaid Inspector General. He is an exemplary professional with an impeccable public service record with extensive knowledge of health and human services. In addition, his experience with the auditing process will help create a more efficient and cost effective system that will monitor the delivery of crucial services across the state.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Cox will succeed James G. Sheehan in heading up the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, which was created to improve the efficiency and accountability of the state Medicaid program by preventing fraudulent, wasteful and abusive practices. David R. Ross, Esq., who formerly served as Acting New York State Medicaid Inspector General, said: “We hope that Mr. Cox will focus more on the weeding out of fraud and abuse, and respect the tremendous work and commitment of New York’s providers in meeting the needs of New Yorkers for high quality health care services. A full review of audit protocols and grounds for disallowances of claims needs to be conducted.”
The Governor’s press release is available here.