National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association Elects New Board Chair

(EZ Newswire)

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) has announced that Robert Mays, Staff Vice President for the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at Elevance Health, has been elected chair of the NHCAA Board of Directors for 2024. The election took place during the Annual Business Meeting of NHCAA’s Membership Forum on November 6, 2023. Mays will succeed Jonnie Massey, Senior Director of the Special Investigations Unit at Blue Shield of California as Board Chair on January 1, 2024.

Commenting on the election of Mays, NHCAA Chief Executive Officer Louis Saccoccio said, “Bob has been a determined and tireless champion of NHCAA for many years. His enthusiasm for anti-fraud work is infectious and seemingly boundless. He shares his knowledge and expertise freely, benefiting a generation of our field’s newest anti-fraud professionals. His work as a faculty member for both NHCAA’s Annual Boot Camp program and the AHFI Prep Course is essential to those programs’ success. The Association will be in very good hands as we enter the year ahead.”

Bob Mays joined the NHCAA Board of Directors in September 2016, assuming a vacated Board seat. In the interceding seven years he has demonstrated proven leadership on the Board. His participation in NHCAA’s strategic planning  process in 2017 and again in 2020, was vital. Mays knows NHCAA well, and his lens toward innovation helped to clearly envision NHCAA’s future. 

Mays has served as a speaker at dozens of NHCAA programs and events, beginning in 2006.  His passion for anti-fraud education and the advancement of the profession is undeniable. He has also served on many NHCAA committees, often as Chair. Examples include the Anti-Fraud Management Survey Committee, the Accreditation Committee, the AHFI Practice Analysis Advisory Committee, the Education & Training Committee, and the Annual Training Conference Planning Committee.

In his role with Elevance, Mays leads more than 550 associates investigating medical and pharmacy fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) in support of the company’s Commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare business. With three decades of management experience, he advances excellence in operational execution with a range of innovative strategies that leverage data mining and analytic capabilities in the detection and prevention of health care fraud.

The Elevance SIU, led by Mays, conducts thousands of investigations annually, protecting company assets, its membership of affiliate health plans, and federal, state, and commercial clients. Under his leadership, multiple fraud investigative teams were consolidated, resulting in a 470% increase in savings for the company.

Before joining Elevance Health, Bob was a consultant to health care payers on fraud operations, advising how to lead multi-site operations, run large teams, and manage multi-million-dollar budgets. Prior to his work in the health care arena, Mays spent 20 years in law enforcement and retired as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Dover, Delaware Police Department. During his tenure there, he oversaw all aspects of the department including coordination of joint operations with the DEA, FBI, IRS, ATF, and U.S. Secret Service.

In addition to serving on the NHCAA Board of Directors, Mays sits on the National Antifraud Association Board (NAAB), as well as on the Executive Board of the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership (HFPP).
Mays received his Master of Science in Public Administration from Wilmington University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Delaware State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is active with its non-profit organization—the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA). He has earned his Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator (AHFI) designation from NHCAA, is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a recipient of the FBI Directors Award for distinguished public service in health care fraud.

The election of Bob Mays as NHCAA Board Chair was announced in conjunction with NHCAA’s Annual Training Conference in Dallas, Texas, held November 6-9, 2023. The Annual Training Conference is the premier event recognized as the nation's leading health care anti-fraud forum for more than 1,200 public- and private-sector health care anti-fraud professionals.

About the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association

Founded in 1985, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud and abuse. NHCAA’s members comprise more than 90 private health insurers and more than 250 public-sector law enforcement and regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over health care fraud.

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