Deborah L. Drexler rejoined UMass Medical School in 2011. She is responsible for the timely and efficient deployment of several major software applications — some for use by clients, and others for internal use — and for ensuring that the health care financing center’s data operations comply with all applicable laws, regulations and contractual requirements.
Previously, Ms. Drexler was the vice president and chief compliance officer for Caritas Christi Health Care, a health care system consisting of six hospitals, a 400-physician group practice and several related entities. She worked to ensure the system’s compliance with a variety of health care laws and regulations, including Medicare and Medicaid billing rules, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability), and Stark and anti-kickback laws.
Prior to that, Ms. Drexler held several key positions within Massachusetts state government. From 2004-2009, she was director of the Office of Compliance and Review at Commonwealth Medicine, where she brought various programs into compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and contracts.
Ms. Drexler honed her extensive HIPAA expertise as a program consultant for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She also served as the privacy and security officer for the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, and as an assistant general counsel for MassHealth within the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance. She began her law career as an associate attorney at the law firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault.
Ms. Drexler received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University, and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She has lectured extensively at national Medicaid and third party liability conferences, and authored publications on HIPAA.