For Immediate Release
January 4, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Moser names KDHE's Director of Health Care Finance, Director of Medicaid Services

Secretary Also Announces Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs

TOPEKA, Kan.— Robert Moser, M.D., Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), today announced the selections for two key positions in the agency’s Division of Health Care Finance (DHCF). Effective today, Kari Bruffett is the Director of Health Care Finance, leading a division with close to 180 staff responsible for Kansas’ Medicaid program and the State Employee Health Plan. Susan Mosier, M.D., has been named Director of Medicaid Services and will start work at KDHE on March 1.

“With Kari and Susan at the helm of their respective offices and programs in DHCF, I am confident the health of Kansans will improve through effective purchasing and administration of health care in this state. They own a great sum of experience and commitment to high quality health care services for Kansans,” said Moser.

In leading Kansas’ Medicaid Reform efforts, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., said the selection of Bruffett and Mosier to these positions in the Division of Health Care Finance are paramount to Kansas employing a coordinated system of care through KanCare.

“I congratulate Kari on this new, exciting role with DHCF and Susan on joining the Administration during this important time as we work with stakeholders to sustain and improve our health care program. I am thankful for their service to this Great State,” said Colyer.

Bruffett served for the past 12 months as KDHE’s Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs and leaves that position to head the DHCF—for which she has served as Interim Director since Nov. 23 after then-director Andy Allison stepped down to head Arkansas’ Medicaid program.

An alumna of Fort Hays State University, Bruffett has a background in health policy and government affairs, including eight years working at the University of Kansas Hospital and four years on Capitol Hill.

“Kari is an experienced leader in the health care industry and has dedicated much of her time to Kansas’ Medicaid reforms this year as we’ve worked with key leaders and stakeholders in developing KanCare,” said Moser. “KDHE is fortunate to have her leading the DHCF.”

Mosier is a Manhattan ophthalmologist who is currently serving as State Representative for Kansas’ District 67. She fills the vacancy left by Barbara Langner on Dec. 31. Mosier brings to KDHE her extensive experience in the medical community and her proven track record working with information systems and accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Medicine from Kansas State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Medicine from University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Before practicing medicine, Mosier managed business and accounting systems for American Airlines and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

“Susan’s capacity for leading sizable, critical financial systems, paired with her medical background, will greatly benefit the State of Kansas. I look forward to working with her as she leads the Medicaid program and seeing what she will contribute to KDHE’s accomplishments,” said Moser. “I believe she is a great fit for Kansas Medicaid and will serve the consumers well as we further develop and implement KanCare.”

With Bruffett taking on a different leadership role at KDHE, Mark Dugan will take on the role of Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs. Dugan is the Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Colyer and will continue to serve in that capacity concurrently as Assistant Secretary at KDHE. Dugan has a Master of Public Administration degree from Wichita State University and has worked alongside policy makers at the state and federal level for five years.

“As my chief of staff, Mark will remain keenly involved in our initiatives at the Statehouse and will continue working closely with the Administration as it moves into its second year of remaking Medicaid in Kansas. He will do this while also serving as the policy director for our state’s health and environment agency. He has done an outstanding job harmonizing state services to achieve efficiencies and improve the well-being of Kansans,” said Colyer.