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May 27, 2022

Charissa Fotinos, MD, Appointed State Medicaid Director 

After a nationwide search, Washington State Health Care Authority Director Sue Birch has appointed Charissa Fotinos, MD, to serve permanently as state Medicaid director. Dr. Fotinos will also continue to serve as HCA behavioral health medical director, the position she held previously.

Dr. Fotinos is a family physician specializing in addiction medicine. She previously served as chief medical officer for Public Health-Seattle & King County and served as a physician faculty member at the Providence Family Medicine Residency Program.

Along with her Medicaid Services Administration leadership team, Dr. Fotinos will help lead the HCA through upcoming Medicaid-related initiatives, including:

The WSMA wishes Dr. Fotinos a warm congratulations on her appointment.

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