McCrory makes Medicaid advisory appointments

11/01/2013 3:10 PM

11/01/2013 3:11 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed two men with experience in hospital administration and the head of a mental health services company to the advisory group that will work on changes to the state's Medicaid program.

McCrory plans to present a plan for changes to the government insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled by March 17.

Dennis Barry is former CEO of Moses Cone Health System, a hospital network based in Greensboro. Barry, a former president of the American Hospital Association, retired from the health system in 2004.

Dr. Richard Gilbert is the corporate medical director of American Anesthesiology of the Southeast and a former chief of staff at Carolinas Medical Center. He has an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Peggy Terhune is executive director and CEO of Monarch, a provider of mental health services.

McCrory's appointees will join Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican who is the chief budget writer in the House, and Sen. Louis Pate, a Republican from Mount Olive.

House Speaker Thom Tillis appointed Dollar, and Senate leader Phil Berger appointed Pate.

McCrory wants substantial changes to Medicaid, where costs consistently outrun budget estimates. Top state health leaders toured the state this year presenting outlines of a plan to convert Medicaid to a managed care system. The state would need federal approval to make such changes.

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