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For Immediate Release
July 14, 2016

Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402 471-1695 or (cell) 402-405-7202,  

Nebraska Medicaid Announces New Medical Director
Dr. Lisa White Named Medicaid Medical Director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Lincoln— Calder Lynch, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care (MLTC) for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, announced that Lisa White, M.D., will be the new medical director for the state’s Medicaid program. White will join the Department in September.

“We look forward to welcoming Lisa to our team,” said Lynch. “As an integral member of the Medicaid management team, Lisa will be the senior clinical leader for Nebraska Medicaid and provide key oversight of the medical management of our delivery system.”
The Nebraska Medicaid program provides benefits for medical, behavioral, pharmacy and other health-related services to nearly 235,000 individuals, including the elderly, children, people with disabilities and low-income pregnant women qualifying for assistance under the program.
As medical director, Dr. White will guide clinical staff, provide clinical decision making for the program and play a leading role in developing and leading the program’s quality improvement agenda. She will also function as an essential liaison to the Nebraska provider community by leading key Medicaid provider collaborations.

Dr. White will be joining MLTC during an important period of transformation with the implementation of Heritage Health, which is the state’s new managed integrated delivery system that begins January 1, 2017. Dr. White will provide important quality and clinical oversight for the implementation and ongoing operation of the program and its three contracted health plans.  One of the committees formed in conjunction with Heritage Health is the Quality Management Committee, comprised of medical experts, providers, advocates and policy experts. The committee advises MLTC on clinical and operational quality initiatives. Dr. White will serve as its chair.

“I am excited to bring my clinical experience to Nebraska Medicaid and help lead efforts to improve outcomes and advance the delivery of health care for Nebraska Medicaid clients,” said White.
White is currently Director of Medical Student Education and Co-Director of Resident Education in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital and Medical Center Omaha and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  She is a board-certified pediatrician through the American Board of Pediatrics with experience in primary care, pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric emergency medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in Nebraska.
White obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Her areas of scholarly interest include patient safety; medical education, with an emphasis on bedside teaching; healthcare financing; access to care; and health literacy.