Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Company: CA Dept of Health Care Services

Title: Chief Deputy Director

Karen Johnson was appointed Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) in May of 2007 where she serves as one of the highest ranking members of the Department. She is responsible for managing and directing the day to day operations, as well as being responsible for implementing the department€s policies and assisting in the formulation of policy to achieve the department€s mission. She oversees the Deputy Directors who manage a variety of offices within DHCS, including Administration, Fiscal Forecasting & Data Management, Medi-Cal Procurement, Legal Services, Administrative Hearings and Appeals, Audits and Investigations, Legislative & Governmental Affairs, Information Technology Services, Public Affairs, HIPAA Compliance, Provider Enrollment, Utilization Management, Third Party Liability and Recovery and the Fiscal Intermediary Medicaid Management Information Systems.

Prior to her appointment with DHCS, Ms. Johnson served for two years as the Deputy Director of Administration for the California State Board of Equalization and worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) from 1989 to 2005, where she held several positions including Director of Administration, Audit Director and Auditor. Prior to joining CDFA, she was an auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she majored in Business Administration and Accounting. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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