NHCAA’s Annual Awards Program is an opportunity to recognize the impressive investigative work in the health care fraud industry. From the Excellence in Public Health Awareness Award and the John Morris Volunteer Award to the coveted Investigation of the Year Award and the SIRIS Investigation of the Year Award, the hard work of dedicated individuals and teams is recognized. The Investigation of the Year and SIRIS Investigation of the Year Awards strive to honor the collaborative efforts of individuals and their respective organizations in the successful investigation of health care fraud. The awardees are recognized and presented in conjunction with the Annual Training Conference.
The Awards nomination process begins each year in June. The application will be posted when the process opens. Nominate your team or organization!
2020 NHCAA Award Winners
At the 2020 Annual Training Conference (ATC), NHCAA presented awards honoring a dedicated NHCAA volunteer, a distinguished medical director, a community education program aimed at impacting the opioid epidemic, and the investigative and prosecutorial teams involved in three outstanding health care fraud investigations. Follow the links for a description of each achievement. NHCAA congratulates all of the awardees!
INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Investigation of the Year Award honors an outstanding and effective health care fraud investigation and its impact on fraud deterrence and prevention. Due to the complexity of health care fraud investigations, a multi-organization investigative effort normally is required for a successful resolution and, therefore, it is more appropriate to recognize this approach.
- United States of America v. Keaton L. Copeland and Dorothy V. Delima
- United States of America v. Insys Therapeutics, Inc. et al.
- Honorable Mention: United States of America v. Abyssinia Love Knot
- Honorable Mention: United States of America v. Branden Coluccio et al. (Liberation Way)
SIRIS INVESTIGATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
The SIRIS Investigation of the Year Award recognizes a successful health care fraud case that was created or significantly enhanced as a result of using SIRIS — NHCAA’s online Special Investigation Resource and Intelligence System.
- United States of America v. Pamela Antell
- United States of America v. Saffron Gustafson
- Honorable Mention: United States of America v. Shailesh Kothari and Timothy McMenamin
(Primera Medical Group)
EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC AWARENESS AWARD
Each year NHCAA bestows an Excellence in Public Awareness Award to an individual or an organization who has, through their work, contributed towards the public awareness of health care fraud. Award winners, selected by NHCAA, help bring to light the importance of combating health care fraud and its destructive impact on our nation’s health care system and citizens.
- Anthem, Inc., Special Investigations Unit
Consumer Education Website, fighthealthcarefraud.com
JOHN MORRIS VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
This award was established in 2018 to honor the memory of John George Morris, Jr., one of NHCAA’s most ardent and loyal supporters. John was a founding member of NHCAA in 1985, who served for many years on the NHCAA Board of Directors, including as Board Chair in 2003.
- Patricia Hoofnagle, AHFI
Vice President of SIU Investigations, Magellan Health, Inc.