Pat Casanova is the former director of the $8.2 billion Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, the single state agency serving more than 1.2 million residents. A health policy expert, Pat knows how to create and implement strategies to improve health outcomes and program efficiencies in the health reform era.
In her role as director, Pat developed risk based and primary care case management, 1115 waiver demonstrations, and directed the successful and on time design and development of a nationally recognized ICD 10 conversion.
Pat’s 20-plus years of experience span the array of state Medicaid programs. She previously served as director of Medicaid Policy and Integration, deputy director of Long Term Care, and director of Home and Community Based Services. She also held leadership positions in the Division of Aging and In Home Services and the Division of Aging and Rehabilitative Services prior to being named Indiana’s Medicaid Director.
She received the Secretary of Family and Social Services Award for Program Innovation for her creation of a virtual cross Division Home and Community Based Services waiver unit under one leadership. The Indiana Governor’s Medal was awarded to Pat for her work on the team that developed the Healthy Indiana Plan, a demonstration program for the uninsured. Pat is a founding member of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).
Prior to entering the Medicaid arena, Pat practiced critical care nursing, hospital quality and risk management, and nursing education. Her master’s level work was done primarily at Indiana-Purdue University in Indianapolis.