James C. Cox became New York State's Medicaid Inspector General in July 2011, following a distinguished career that lasted more than two decades with the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Inspector General's Audit Bureau. He was confirmed as Medicaid Inspector General on March 6, 2012.
Just before joining the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, Mr. Cox was Regional Inspector General for Region V, which spans six states in the Midwest. He coordinated national and regional audits for Medicare and Medicaid and helped create a joint Department of Justice and Health and Human Services task force to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in government programs.
Mr. Cox also has New York State roots. In the past he had been supervisory auditor for Region II, responsible for field offices in Puerto Rico, New York City, and Albany, and once held the post of senior auditor in Albany—in the very building in which he now works.
In nominating Mr. Cox for the post, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, "Jim Cox is exactly who we need to serve as the New York State Medicaid Inspector General," calling him "an exemplary professional" who will "help create a more efficient and cost-effective system that will monitor the delivery of crucial services across the state."
A graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, Mr. Cox directs the work of hundreds of auditors, investigators, data mining experts, attorneys, compliance officers and clinical staff in protecting the integrity of New York State's Medicaid program against fraud, waste, and abuse. Although the OMIG headquarters is in Albany, OMIG has regional offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, White Plains, Suffolk County and New York City.