Carol Locher Ransone, a Charlotte-based management consultant, has been paid $105,000 by the state’s public health agency since her late February hire to help usher in the state’s new Medicaid billing system, according to records provided Friday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ransone (click here  to see her company website) was hired by DHHS Feb. 27 to lead the organizational changes needed for the July 1 launch of the state’s new Medicaid billing and management system, NC TRACKS . A growing number of medical providers  have complained that the new system isn’t issuing payments for Medicaid services, leaving small medical practices in dire financial situations.
Ransone, on her company website, describes herself as an experienced, results-oriented project manager with expertise in managing virtual work environments.
In addition to the $105,000 in pay, DHHS records released Friday show Ransone received an additional $13,000 for her travel expenses.
Earlier today, the News & Observer reported  that Joe Hauck, an executive with New Breed Logistics, Inc., a company run by Wos’ husband, has been paid $228,000 since January serving as Wos’ advisor.
Wos, who has been under scrutiny for approving high salaries for members of her executive team, also sent a letter to lawmakers today defending Hauck’s pay. She wrote she found DHHS in disarray from the Perdue administration and needed bring in professionals to help set the agency on the right path.
“I immediately began assembling a strong leadership team and to bring in experts on contract who are working to fix these deficiencies with a sense of urgency,” Wos wrote in her email, which was obtained by WRAL . “These experts immediately began analyzing the Department’s organizational structure, financial modeling, and operational efforts with an eye toward pinpointing failures and implementing solutions.”
Click here  to read Wos’ entire letter.
Wos and her husband, Louis DeJoy, were significant fundraisers for McCrory and Hauck, who is on leave from New Breed while working for Wos, also gave $6,500 to McCrory’s campaign.
Ransone does not appear to be a significant political donor, with campaign records showing only a $100 donation she gave to McCrory’s campaign last year.
Hauck contracted with DHHS at a rate of $125 an hour for his work, while Ransone was being paid $90 an hour, according to copies of their contracts.
DHHS purchasing rules for personal services contracts cap doctors and dentists at maximum payments of $100 an hour, attorneys at $75 an hour and $50 an hour for “any person providing training, consultation, and/or other services,” according to the contract manual  for DHHS. Exceptions can be made with approval from DHHS’ human resources department.