“The Kentucky Medicaid program ensures that our most vulnerable Kentuckians have access to quality health care services,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are proud that Commissioner Kissner has been selected to participate in this prestigious leadership training. The Medicaid Leadership Institute has been helping our country build Medicaid leaders since 2005 and we know that our state will be well represented.”
Kissner was competitively selected to participate in the executive leadership development program along with six additional Medicaid directors: Justin Senior, Florida; Susan Mosier, Kansas; Stephen Fitton, Michigan; Carol Backstrom, Minnesota; Mark Larson, Vermont; and Brett Davis, Wisconsin.
“The quality of leadership provided by state Medicaid directors is increasingly important,” said John Lumpkin, MD, vice president and health care group director at RWJF. “Our investment in the professional development of these state officials recognizes the growing role they play in guiding the health care of millions of Americans.”
The 2014 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute is the fifth group of Medicaid directors chosen for this prestigious executive training program. Since 2009, directors from 22 states serving nearly 40 million beneficiaries – roughly two-thirds of the nation’s Medicaid population – have participated in the year-long curriculum. The program is managed by CHCS and directed by Carolyn Ingram, senior vice president at CHCS and former New Mexico Medicaid director.
“Each of these seven Medicaid directors is essentially the CEO of one of the largest health insurers in his or her state. We are excited to work with these executives and their senior management teams to maximize the value of their programs for millions of beneficiaries,” said Ms. Ingram. “Commissioner Kissner and the other Medicaid directors chosen bring a diverse array of experiences to the Institute and will spur each other to take full advantage of opportunities to transform the nation’s health care safety net.”
The 12-month Institute is designed to enhance the strategic thinking, substantive knowledge, individual leadership, and technical skills that directors need to effectively lead and foster innovation in their state Medicaid programs. For more information about the Medicaid Leadership Institute, visit www.medicaidleaders.org.
Information provided by Gwenda Bond
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