Former DHHS secretary Lanier Cansler has started a new consulting firm, Cansler Collaborative Resources.
He has two contracts so far, one with Community Care North Carolina, the state's Medicaid managed care system, and the other with the N.C. Assisted Living Association. He's working on the issue of personal care services and adult care homes for the association.
Cansler has deep knowledge of both those groups. He's worked closely with Community Care for years, and was at DHHS while the state Medicaid office negotiated new personal care rules with federal regulators.
Cansler, who left the department last month, drew some unwanted attention for work he did during his last stint as a consultant. His department ended up buying an expensive new Medicaid billing system from a company he worked for.
Cansler said this time around he's not going to work state officials on his clients' behalf.
Cansler said he told clients he'd go to Washington D.C. or other states, but not to expect him to be their in-state negotiator.
"I'm not going to be involved with meetings with folks in North Carolina, or the legislature, or the agency," he said. "That's not what I want to do."