Sec. Aldona Wos Appoints Sandy Terrell as Acting Medicaid Director

With Carol Steckel’s surprise resignation only 8 months after accepting the job as North Carolina Medicaid Director, Sec. Aldona Wos (appointed by Gov. McCrory) underwent the important, yet, probably, difficult job of appointing a new Medicaid Director to stand-in starting October 11, when Ms. Steckel effectively resigns. 

Well, folks, I tell you what…I bet that finding a person willing to stand in as Medicaid Director was a daunting task.  With the amount of negative publicity recently published against the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), I can only imagine that the first few people Sec. Wos approached answered with a resounding….NO!…Or when Hades freezes over!! (BTW: I was not asked).

Enter stage left: Sandy Terrell,  MS, RN, Assistant Director.

On September 9, 2013, Ms. Terrell presented a slide show at the North Carolina Institute of Medicines annual conference.  According to one of Terrell’s slides, she wrote that there would be “changes within the Division of Medical Assistance.”  Boy, was she right!!  Did she know about Steckel????!!!!

We (the public) found out about Steckel’s resignation September 23, 2013.  Terrell was appointed Friday, September 27, 2013.  So it is unlikely that Terrell knew about Steckel’s future resignation.

Let’s compare: Steckel v. Terrell

Steckel

  • Coordinated the Louisiana’s response to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) legislation.
  • Led initiatives to improve the Louisiana’s public health care services while reducing costs, and to revamp its information technology capabilities, taking extensive advantage of the private and academic sectors.
  • Led Alabama Medicaid from 1988-1992 and from 2003-2010.
  • Served as president of the National Medicaid Directors’ Association and worked to create the independent organization serving the needs of Medicaid programs.
  • Provided instrumental support to the Republican Governors Association in developing a report titled “A New Medicaid: A Flexible, Innovative and Accountable Future.”
  • Quit NC Medicaid in 8 months

Terrell

  • Is a licensed RN
  • Worked in Medicaid since 2010 (3-years experience)
  • Has not quit NC Medicaid in 3 years

Hmmmm.  Well, who know? Personally, I had high hopes for Steckel in NC Medicaid.  I found her qualified, intelligent and, seemingly, compassionate about Medicaid.  Yet, 8  months into her job, she leaves.

I do not find Terrell qualified; I have no idea whether she is intelligent (most likely she is, given her career success) or compassionate about Medicaid.

But, crystal ball holder, I am not.  Maybe Terrell is what NC Medicaid needs.  Maybe not.

It seems, as of now, that Terrell will only be the stand-in during the interim between Steckel departing and Wos finding a permanent Medicaid Director.  Given the current DHHS situation and public negativity, I can only wonder who would be so bold as to accept the position as NC Medicaid Director.  Undoubtedly, Wos is hearing a lot of “NO’s” and “When Hades freezes over!”

Without question, Director Steckel’s position will be a hard position to fill permanently.

About kemanuel

Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Compliance Litigator

Posted on September 30, 2013, in Aldona Wos, Carol Steckel, DHHS, Division of Medical Assistance, Gov. Pat McCrory, Health Care Providers and Services, McCrory, Medicaid, NC, NC Medicaid Director, North Carolina, Sandy Terrell, Wos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. palladiumsubbie

    I do not envy Ms. Terrell in her duties of taking over as the job of engineer in the midst of a train wreck in process. It would seem that she has no options other than to come through this bearing responsibility for what happens (though, as assistant director, she would bear some of the responsibility anyway).

    • Sallie Baughan

      NC Medicaid is such a mess right now no healthcare professional in their right mind would have their name involved with it. The Govenor does not want qualified people in Dhhs because they might just have enough sense to stand up to him his agenda is apparent it is to destroy Medicaid and leave thousands of people without services No she is not qualified but neither is the Govenor

  2. Farid Muti and family

    Happy holiday and merry Christmases

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