Carmel, Ind.-based Blue & Co. LLC (FY13 net revenue of $65.5 million) announced Sally Cleveland was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on Feb. 24, by Indiana Governor Mike Pence for her significant contributions in the development of the HIP 2.0 Medicaid Expansion for Indiana. Cleveland is a partner in Blue’s health care practice and was recognized for her work with the Indiana Hospital Association and the State Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning.
Cleveland was part of the Indiana Hospital Association’s Team on HIP 2.0, which included Doug Leonard, president of the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA); Brian Tabor, vice president of government relations at the IHA; and Tim Kennedy, attorney at Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC. All were honored with this distinctive award and worked with Pence’s staff to build the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0 program), which will expand Medicaid coverage to 350,000 low-income Hoosiers who are currently uninsured. HIP 2.0 is being lauded nationwide as an innovative program to improve the delivery of health care and introduces a number of principles not being used in any other state.
The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is one of the highest distinctions bestowed by the Governor of Indiana. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state. The award was created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949.
Cleveland’s professional experience includes working with another health care-oriented CPA firm and the Medicare fiscal intermediary. Her current focus is primarily in the reimbursement area with a concentration in Medicaid reimbursement, state and federal health care legislation, provider appeals and critical access hospital conversions.