John A. Owens is principal and managing consultant for Financial Healthcare Strategies, LLC., a national consulting firm specializing in providing cost reimbursement methodology, policy strategies and planning services to health care associations, government agencies, legislative bodies, and providers such as hospitals, long term care, and managed care organizations.
Mr. Owens has over 20 years experience in Medicaid program administration, policy and reimbursement. Mr. Owens previously held the position of Bureau Chief of Medicaid Program Analysis in the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration serving directly for the Medicaid Director. He was responsible for all hospital, long term care and other institutional reimbursement programs including policy development and regulatory interpretation and administration. Mr. Owens also had primary responsibility for the Medicaid budget development and fiscal oversight of all provider and institutional payments for the $11B annual program.
As Bureau Chief of the Florida Medicaid Program Integrity Division, John was responsible for all provider audits, investigation and development of cases for criminal prosecution referral, and application of civil and administrative penalties for Medicaid provider billing infractions. He formerly served as a member of the CMS Medicaid National Technical Advisory Group for Fraud and Abuse. Mr. Owens was instrumental in Florida’s expansion and redesign of audits in the area of pharmacy-related fraud and abuse.
Other positions held within the Agency for Health Care Administration include administrator of the Cost Reimbursement Unit responsible for all rate-setting functions for Medicaid institutional providers and administrator of Medicaid Audit Services.
Prior to joining the Agency for Health Care Administration, he served in a regional public accounting firm in Florida for six years. Mr. Owens is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and has a Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Finance from Florida State University.