August 22, 2016
OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404
OHCA names new Chief Medical Officer
CITY – Dr. Mike Herndon has been named Chief Medical Officer of the Oklahoma
Health Care Authority (OHCA).
will oversee a variety of operations in the SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid)
look forward to leading OHCA in evaluating and developing interventions to
improve health outcomes for SoonerCare members,” Herndon said. “This is an
exciting opportunity to impact the quality of care SoonerCare members receive,
improve provider satisfaction and collaborate with state leaders to do what is
best for our members and the citizens of Oklahoma.”
previously served as OHCA’s Senior Medical Director, where he designed the
agency’s health management and pain management programs. Both initiatives
assist medical providers with evidence-based and standard of care treatment
strategies for SoonerCare members receiving treatment for chronic conditions.
to joining OHCA, the Edmond physician spent 20 years in private practice and
founded two free community health clinics – one in Edmond and one in Oklahoma
City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oklahoma Christian
University and his medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of
Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in family practice.
Medicaid program, known as SoonerCare, is administered by the Oklahoma Health
Care Authority (OHCA). SoonerCare works to improve the health outcomes of
Oklahomans by ensuring medically necessary benefits and services are available
to our members. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children,
seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and
those seeking family planning services. Insure Oklahoma assists qualifying
adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for
themselves and their families. OHCA strives to educate and engage our current
788,116 members regarding personal responsibilities for their health services
utilization, behaviors, and outcomes in partnership with a state-wide network
of 45,802 providers. For more information, visit www.okhca.org.