Alliance Meets with New Medicaid Director

photo of Julian HarrisThe Governor appointed a new Director of Medicaid in June and the Alliance has had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Julian Harris (pictured left) twice since he began acclimating to his new role.

HCA staff joined other advocates in a meeting that involved personal and organizational introductions to the new Director as well as a mention of a few top issues for each organization as it pertains to MassHealth activity. Prior to that, Alliance staff was among a small group of providers meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby and other officials on the Dual Eligibles Care Integration Project, which Dr. Harris sat in on.

According to a press release issued by the Governor’s office, Dr. Harris currently practices primary care at the Southern Jamaica Plain Community Health Center and hospitalist medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, both of which serve populations with high levels of participation in MassHealth and other state health programs. He is a clinical fellow on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and a senior resident in internal medicine and primary care at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and its affiliated Southern Jamaica Plain Community Health Center. He formerly served at the World Bank, where he was charged with day-to-day management of the World Bank Institute’s AIDS program. He also worked on national health payment and delivery system reform for an international client at McKinsey & Company.

The Alliance looks forward to working with Dr. Harris on the challenges and opportunities for home care and MassHealth members.

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