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Chris Underwood

Colorado Dept. Healthcare Policy & Financing
Health Information Office Director
Chris Underwood serves as the Office Director of the Health Information Office for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  The Department is the state agency responsible for the administration of Colorado Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus, and the Colorado Indigent Care Program.   Mr. Underwood joined the Department in 2000 as a statistical analyst.  During his time with the Department, Mr. Underwood has held the position of manager and division director over various areas.  At present, he is responsible for developing strategies for systems development and operations for client eligibility, health care claims processing, and health information technology on behalf of the Department.  In addition, he has oversight of the Department’s purchasing and contracting services.  Previously he had oversight of the various safety net programs, and projects to maximize federal Medicaid revenue.  Other supervisory roles included oversight for the calculation of managed care and hospital rates, external and internal audits to investigate waste and abuse in the Medicaid program, and analytical analysis and statistical reporting for the Department.  Mr. Underwood holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado, where he also received his undergraduate degree in economics.