ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA) today announced that David S. Popik, Senior Director of the Special Investigations Unit for Florida Blue has been elected as the 2018 Chair of the NHCAA Board of Directors. Popik succeeds Rick E. Munson, Vice President of Investigations at UnitedHealthcare.
Popik joined Florida Blue in 2012 and leads the efforts of its Special Investigations Unit in the prevention and detection of fraud, waste and abuse, including the referral of cases to law enforcement for possible prosecution.
In addition to serving on the NHCAA Board for the last four years, other anti-fraud leadership roles held by Popik include serving as Co-Chair for the Data Analysis and Review Committee (DARC) of the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership (HFPP), Chair of the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), Chair of the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Governance Committee for Florida Blue, and Chair of the BlueCross BlueShield National Anti-Fraud Advisory Board (NAAB).
Popik has amassed more than 26 years of health care fraud, operational and investigative experience. Prior to joining Florida Blue, he spent more than seven years with UnitedHealth Group and OptumInsight, where he served as Director FWA Operations for the Northeast and Southeast Regions. He has also worked in fraud investigations at TriCenturion, LLC as Manager of the Health Care Fraud Investigation Group and Palmetto GBA (Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina) as Senior Investigator.
Popik has earned NHCAA's Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator (AHFI) designation and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Earlier in his career, Popik spent several years with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and prior to that, the United States Marshal Service.
"In his many years of service to NHCAA, including the last several on the Board, Dave has always been a dependably insightful and forthright voice," says NHCAA CEO Louis Saccoccio. "Dave has the keen insight of a seasoned investigator who is always generous with his industry peers in sharing his knowledge, particularly when he has served as faculty at many NHCAA training programs. We are proud to have Dave serve as Chair of the 2018 Board of Directors."
Popik's election was announced in conjunction with NHCAA's Annual Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Annual Training Conference is the premier event recognized as the nation's leading health care anti-fraud forum for approximately 1,300 public- and private-sector health care anti-fraud professionals.
Founded in 1985, the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association is the leading national organization focused exclusively on the fight against health care fraud. Our members comprise more than 100 private health insurers and those public-sector law enforcement and regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over health care fraud committed against both private payers and public programs.
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SOURCE National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association