National Workgroup on Integration, APHSA; former Director, Division of State Systems. Rick Friedman, former Director of the Division of State Systems within the US Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) responsible for establishing national Medicaid IT policies related to state claims processing and eligibility determination systems, promotion of increased use electronic medical records and meaningful use, decision support systems and service oriented architectures (SOA) used by States to provide Medicaid services to approximately 60 million citizens. This division certifies new Medicaid Management Information Systems, oversees the transformation of the MMIS into a client-centric, web-enabled, standards-based system known as the Medicaid IT Architecture (MITA), provides incentive funding to eligible providers and institutions to adopt health information technologies, and works closely with the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) and the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) to implement the Medicaid systems provisions of recent federal legislation, including the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining CMS, Rick worked for a multinational bank, a management consulting firm, and two managed care companies as the CIO and CEO, respectively. His undergraduate degree in economics is from Colgate University and his MBA is from Dartmouth.