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DHHS musical chairs

Dr. Aldona Wos, state Department of Health and Human Services secretary, sent agency staff an email today announcing a bunch of high-level job changes.
Three of the four people with new positions are recent additions to DHHS switching jobs after a few months at the agency.

Dr. Robin Cummings, who started at DHHS in March as the director of the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, has a new job as deputy secretary of heath services. Before going to work at DHHS, Cummings was the medical director and executive director for Community Care of the Sandhills.

Matt McKillip was appointed chief policy officer. He went to work at DHHS in January as senior policy adviser to Wos after working on Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign and transition team.

Mark Payne was hired in DHHS in May to be the agency's chief compliance officer. He's now chief of staff. According to his bio in Wos' memo, Payne has worked as vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer and compliance counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, as senior counsel for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of North Carolina, and at Cigna Corp.

Compared to the others, Chris Collins is a DHHS veteran. Collins was appointed acting director of the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, and has worked at DHHS since 2007.


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