by Max Brantley
Arkansas’s first Medicaid Inspector General, Jay Shue, will leave his post two years following the creation of the office. The Office of Medicaid Inspector General was created by statute July 1, 2013.
“Building the Office of Medicaid Inspector General from scratch has been a challenging and rewarding endeavor. I am confident that a solid foundation has been laid to continue rooting out and preventing Medicaid fraud and abuse going forward,” Shue said. “I appreciate the confidence and trust Governors Beebe and Hutchinson have shown in me. I thank the dedicated, hard working public servants in the office who have made the work of building the OMIG a successful and pleasurable experience. It is time for me to pursue other opportunities and take on new challenges.”
“I would like to thank Jay for his years of service and his leadership in directing the creation of this agency,” added Governor Asa Hutchinson.
The Office is tasked with preventing, detecting and investigating fraud, waste and abuse in Arkansas’s Medicaid program and recovering improperly paid Medicaid funds. Shue counts the major highlights of his tenure as tripling recoupments of improperly paid funds, $1.1 million in 2013 to over $3 million in 2015, and having a six-fold jump in referrals for prosecution of Medicaid Fraud.