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Our guest for lunch this week was Dennis Pheney Jr., Michigan Assistant Michigan Attorney General for the Health Care Fraud Division. Dennis talked with us about the Health Care Fraud Division of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He prosecutes Medicaid Fraud on behalf of the Department of Community Health, which oversees the Michigan Medicaid Program. Providers such as medical doctors, pharmacies and home health providers can be prosecuted for filing false claims.

Healthcare fraud and abuse affects all of us. Healthcare fraud significantly impacts the Medicaid program by using up valuable public funds needed to help vulnerable children and adults access health care.  Everyone can take responsibility by reporting fraud and abuse. Recent cases were cited in which false billing by unscrupulous criminals resulted n millions of dollars being paid out for services that were never performed.

Since its inception, the Health Care Fraud Division has obtained criminal restitution orders totaling $7,401,187.70; civil judgments totaling $11,082,643.53; and settlement agreements providing for the recovery of $3,137,154.65 to the Medicaid Program. In total, the HCFD has obtained court orders and settlements requiring the return of $21,620,985.88 to the Medicaid Program. Additionally, the HCFD has collected $1,131,397.15 from Medicaid providers to offset the HCFD's investigation and prosecution costs.

Our guest for lunch this week was Dr. Lisa Chism, a nurse practitioner in the High Risk Breast Clinic, and member of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, specializing in high-risk breast care. She holds a doctorate degree in the nurse practitioner profession from Oakland University, and is a board-certified nurse practitioner and a certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

Karmanos offers full service, comprehensive breast services at centers in Detroit and Farmington Hills, providing evaluation and treatment of various breast problems. Karmanos doctors work as a team to evaluate and diagnose new patients and care for breast cancer survivors who have completed their treatment. The nurse practitioners in the high risk breast clinic manage all high risk breast patients who may have a higher than normal risk of developing breast cancer.

Dr. Chism was recently honored as a fellow by the  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and has also developed a nursing theory titled, “Chism’s Theory of Spiritual Empathy,” which explains the relationship between nurses’ spiritual care perspective and their expressions of spiritual empathy.

Our guest for lunch this week was John Wojnaroski, a forensic polygraph examiner and retired Lieutenant of the Michigan State Police. During his 25-year career with the Michigan State Police, he served 20 years as a forensic polygraph examiner. He provided forensic polygraph services on felony investigations for courts, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan, primarily in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston and Monroe counties.

Mr. Wojnaroski has testified as a forensic polygraph expert in criminal and civil courts and arbitrations. While with the Michigan State Police, he served in the ranks of Trooper, Sergeant and Lieutenant. His investigative duties included investigations of all major felony crimes – homicide, sexual assault, robbery, arson, narcotics, domestic violence, and theft. He was also a member of the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) where he served as a hostage negotiator.

Our guest for lunch this week was Chris Witten, now in his second season as head coach, and his sixth season overall, with the University of Michigan men's golf team. Prior to taking over the program, Whitten spent five seasons (2006-11) as an assistant coach under Andrew Sapp.

In his first season at the helm of the program, Whitten helped U-M post eight top-10 finishes and guide All-Big Ten golfer Matt Thompson to an individual invitation to the NCAA Central Regional, which was held at the U-M Golf Course. While serving as an assistant, the Wolverines made four straight NCAA Regional appearances - winning the program's first team regional title in 2011 - and two NCAA Championship appearances.

In addition to his coaching duties, Whitten has been instrumental in the creation and administration of the Friends of Michigan Golf alumni program, the development of the Wolverine Golf School, as well as the designing and fundraising for U-M's new golf practice facility. This indoor facility features a putting green and heated driving range bays which face outside.

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