Ross, David R

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Address: 54 State St. Ste. 900, Albany, NY 12207
Lawyer Firm: O’Connell & Aronowitz PC
Phone: 518-462-5601
Fax: 518-462-2670

Areas of Practice Healthcare Fraud & Abuse, Health Law, Governmental Investigations

David is a partner of the firm, and his practice concentrates on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance audits & investigations, Health Law including fraud and abuse, governmental investigations of all kinds, criminal defense, administrative hearings, Medicaid compliance plans, and Article 78 cases. He is the head of the firm’s Government Investigations Unit and a member of the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Unit. David has had a number of high ranking positions within New York State government. Former Governor George Pataki appointed him General Counsel of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) when the OMIG was created in 2005 in response to widespread public concern about Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse. The OMIG is an office within the New York State Department of Health designed to maximize the recovery of misspent Medicaid funds and is the central coordinating body for New York’s anti-Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse efforts. In addition to serving the OMIG as General Counsel, David was the Deputy Medicaid Inspector General for Audits and Investigations and directed a statewide staff of 364 auditors, investigators and private contractors. In that capacity, he oversaw all audits and investigations involving Medicaid providers.

He also worked extensively with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office on many cases of criminal fraud. Under former Governors Pataki and Spitzer, David concluded his career in state government as the Acting Medicaid Inspector General. As the head of the OMIG, he was responsible for all statewide operations and 584 people in seven offices.

Prior to his service at the OMIG, David held several positions at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), including Acting General Counsel, Deputy Counsel, and Associate Counsel. Prior to joining OASAS, he had extensive experience in criminal law and procedure, having served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau. He handled both criminal and civil cases and investigations throughout the state in addition to numerous Article 78 proceedings. David has also served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney and as an Assistant Public Defender in various County, City, Town and Village Courts.

David is a frequent speaker at various provider conferences throughout the state. From 2007 to 2008, he was a live, weekly on-the-air Legal Analyst for the Capital District radio talk show Talk1300 AM hosted by Paul Vandenburgh. He currently appears on Talk1300 on an occasional basis.

Federal Agency Appearances:

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New YorkThe United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New YorkThe United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector GeneralThe United States Food and Drug AdministrationThe Internal Revenue Service

New York State Agency Appearances:

Office of the Medicaid Inspector GeneralAttorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control UnitDepartment of HealthOffice of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse ServicesOffice of Professional Medical ConductOffice of the Inspector GeneralOffice of Mental HealthDepartment of Taxation and FinanceDepartment of LaborThe Executive Chamber (of the Governor of the State of New York)Department of Social ServicesDepartment of TransportationDepartment of Agriculture and MarketsInsurance DepartmentDepartment of EducationPublic Service CommissionDepartment of Environmental ConservationOffice of Persons With Developmental DisabilitiesGovernor’s Office of Regulatory Reform

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