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HEALTH FRAUD GROUP ELECTS 1994 LEADERS

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- As President Clinton prepared to address Congress and the nation on health care reform -- including the need to "crack down on fraud" -- the national private-public organization dedicated to fighting that fraud elected its 1994 leadership.
 Meeting in Washington on Sept. 22, the board of governors of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) elected the officers and executive committee members, who will take office Jan. 1, 1994.
 Founded in 1985 to foster private-public cooperation against health care fraud, the NHCAA is a membership organization of private sector health insurers and public sector law enforcement officials whose agencies investigate and prosecute fraud committed against private and public health care plans. It pursues its mission through cooperative training in fraud detection, investigation, prosecution and prevention and through the sharing of investigative information among insurers and with law enforcement agencies.
 Elected to NHCAA office were:
 -- Chairperson: Steward E. Uhler, director of Special Investigations, Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Camp Hill, Pa.
 -- Chairperson-elect: Joyce L. Hansen, director/Claim Support Services, Northwestern National Life Insurance, Minneapolis.
 -- Vice-chairperson: Michael R. Abriola, assistant vice president, New York Life Insurance Co., New York.
 -- Secretary: Thomas J. O'Connor, director of investigations, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, Springfield, Mass.
 -- Treasurer: John G. Morris Jr., director/Florida Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Office of the Auditor General, Tallahassee, Fla.
 Elected to at-large seats on the NHCAA Executive Committee were:
 -- Founding Corporate Member: Ann P. Browne, manager, Health Care Fraud & Abuse, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Bridgewater, N.J.
 -- Corporate Member: Edward P. Hanselmann, manager, National Anti- Fraud Division, The Prudential Insurance Co., Iselin, N.J.
 -- Non-Profit Member: Jimmy W. Riggs, CPA, Director of Internal Audit, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, Washington.
 -- Public-Sector Member: Kenneth M. Hearst, deputy chief inspector, Criminal Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Washington.
 Serving as ex-officio members of the NHCAA Executive Committee will be former NHCAA Chairpersons James L. Garcia, director/Employee Benefits Health Insurance Tracking Unit, Aetna Life & Casualty, Hartford, Conn.; James E. Pennella, second vice president and director/Special Investigations, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, Neb.; Larry D. Morey, deputy inspector general for investigations, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services -- Office of Inspector General, Washington; and 1993 Chairperson John Malloy, cost containment director, Employers Health Insurance, Green Bay, Wis.
 "With significant changes in our health care system likely under any reform scenario, NHCAA will face a dual challenge in 1994," said incoming Chairperson Uhler. "First, to understand the anti-fraud implications of those changes and to advise government, industry and the public on how best to combat a fraud problem that will change along with the system; second, to deal more effectively with today's health care fraud, even as we anticipate tomorrow's."
 Headquartered in Washington, the NHCAA's board of governors comprises 48 private insurers and officials from nine federal and state agencies. The association also numbers nearly 600 individual members from the ranks of those and many other organizations.
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 /CONTACT: William J. Mahon, executive director of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, 202-659-5955/


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