The board of directors of OPTIMA, a newly created independent healthcare authority that will oversee the Medicaid managed-care plan in Orange County, Calif., has tapped HCFA official Mary Dewane for its chief executive officer.
OPTIMA, which stands for Orange Prevention and Treatment Integrated Medical Assistance, is expected to become operational in 1995. It will replace the state as administrator of Medicaid managed care in Orange County.
Ms. Dewane, 42, who has worked in the public and private sectors of healthcare for 15 years, is director of HCFA's Medicaid managed-care office and former director of Wisconsin's Medicaid HMO.
She recently served as a staff member of the Clinton administration's task force on healthcare reform.
In her new job, which she will begin on Jan. 28, Ms. Dewane will be responsible for implementing OPTIMA, a $450 million, public-private partnership designed to improve access to primary care for Orange County's 250,000 Medicaid recipients.