Supervisor Todd Spitzer attended his first meeting of the CalOptima Board of Directors back on May 1, as we reported in a previous post.
Now Spitzer is now reporting that “Significant improvements have been made at CalOptima. According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2014–2015, CalOptima is now California’s best overall Medi-Cal health plan.”
Wow! It looks like it didn’t take long for Spitzer to clean up the mess Nguyen made when she took over CalOptima back in 2011.
Nguyen made such a mess of CalOptima that the Feds blasted the agency when they audited it back in January of this year:
“Federal officials Friday ordered CalOptima, Orange County’s health plan for low income and disabled residents, to immediately halt enrollment of elderly patients into its 16,000-member OneCare program, citing a “serious threat to the health and safety” of participants.”
We should by the way thank the Orange County Grand Jury for Spitzer’s presence on the CalOptima Board, according to the Voice of OC:
Among its recommendations, the grand jury urged county supervisors to appoint more than one of its members to the CalOptima board. Currently, only Supervisor Janet Nguyen serves on the board. She engineered a complete restructuring of the CalOptima board that left it, as the grand jury noted, with no member who served longer than 20 months and most who have been there less than a year.
In the wake of Nguyen’s changes and related upheaval, 16 top and key executives left CalOptima for jobs in private industry or with other government organizations. According to the grand jury, a “CalOptima board member [Nguyen] and two CalOptima [staff] lawyers have been disruptive and created an atmosphere that according to current and former CalOptima employees is ‘unsafe for senior executives.”
We are glad that Spitzer is cleaning up Nguyen’s mess at CalOptima but why did the OC Board of Supervisors let her wreck this important agency in the first place?
Now imagine if Ngyuyen succeeds in getting elected this November to the 34th State Senate District? What disasters will she give birth to in Sacramento?