New Medicaid Inspector General Appointed

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

Sylvia Kauffman-verticalMs. Kauffman is filling out the term of the former inspector general, Stuart Bowen, whose term expires Feb. 1, Governor Abbott’s office said. 

Ms. Kauffman, who has served as the principle deputy inspector general since 2016, will be in charge of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), which investigates waste, fraud, and abuse in state Medicaid and other health and human services programs. 

Helen Kent Davis, TMA’s director of governmental affairs, said OIG also is instrumental in setting policy goals and priorities. 

“Sylvia is a thoughtful, fair-minded administrator who has always had an open, collaborative relationship with TMA,” Ms. Davis said. “In her previous roles at HHSC and OIG, she met with TMA regularly to address any physician concerns and to work with us on constructive solutions.”

Although her appointment is only through February, TMA would fully support extending her appointment, Ms. Davis said.

Ms. Kauffman previously has worked in a variety of leadership roles at OIG and HHSC.

Last Updated On

January 19, 2018

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