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Chief Medicaid doctor leaving for Butner post

Posted September 17, 2013
Updated September 18, 2013

— The top doctor for the state's Medicaid program is stepping down for another job within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Randall Best has been medical director for the Division of Medical Assistance since October 2010. He was hired by then-DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler under Gov. Bev Perdue.

In an email to WRAL News Tuesday afternoon, DHHS Director of Communications Ricky Diaz confirmed Best will take a lower-profile position as the director of physician services at the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner at the end of the month. The 500-bed psychiatric hospital provides residential care for patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Diaz declined to provide more details on the departure.

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  • Sally1023 Sep 19, 2013

    Dr. Best must have been doing too good of a job in Raleigh!

  • sthiggs Sep 18, 2013

    Welcome to Butner Dr. Best.

  • tuckerbrian54 Sep 18, 2013

    Can I apply for Dr Best's job ? I'll make some kind of an amount of donation to McCrory campaign, plus I don't think I have enough experience, but that won't matter, the DHHS hires those not experienced.

  • HeadsUp Sep 18, 2013

    Pat said 1,243,719 times during the campaign: "It's about leadership."

    Yes, it is.

    So where is it???

  • teleman60 Sep 18, 2013

    It will take a generation to repair the damage being done to state systems now being overrun by political demands

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 18, 2013

    smart man.