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President/Owner Russ Maxwell founded MAS in 2004.

Today, MAS currently manages Medicaid transportation for approximately 5,100,000 Medicaid enrollees in New York State, which is approximately 7 percent of the national Medicaid population (source: Kaiser Family Foundation). MAS takes a team approach includes assigning regional Medicaid administrators, assistants regional Medicaid administrators, field liaisons, bus pass and mileage reimbursement administrators, as well as commercial travel and quality assurance staff directly to each region and to specific counties within each region it manages.  MAS works closely with medical practitioners and transportation providers to ensure that Medicaid enrollees are provided courteous and professional transportation.

In 2004, MAS managed Medicaid transportation for the Onondaga County Department of Social Services.  Over the next six years, MAS added Monroe, Sullivan, Niagara, Oneida, Dutchess, Orleans, Ulster, and Cayuga to its portfolio.

In 2011, New York State redesigned its Medicaid program, dividing the state into six regional initiatives.

  • MAS won the first contract awarded under this new structure, and signed on to provide non-emergency Medicaid transportation (NEMT) in the Hudson Valley region.
  • In 2013, MAS was awarded the Medicaid transportation management contract for the 24 county Finger Lakes Northern NY region.
  • The WNY region was awarded to MAS in 2014.
  • In 2016 MAS was awarded  second five-year contract to manage Medicaid transportation for the Hudson Valley region.
  • In 2017, MAS was awarded a five-year contract for Medicaid transportation management services in New York City.

The four New York State regions for which MAS currently manages Medicaid transportation for NYSDOH includes approximately 5,100,000 Medicaid enrollees, thousands of medical practitioners and over a thousand transportation providers.

The People Driving MAS

Russ Maxwell

Owner/Chief Executive Officer
Russ Maxwell started MAS and currently focuses on customer relations, business development and the company’s financial management.
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Mickey Lebowitz

Chief Medical Officer
Author and clinical endochrinologist, Dr. Mickey Lebowitz joined MAS in 2017 as the Chief Medical Officer.
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Vince Mavente

Vice President/General Manager
Vincent Mavente is responsible for all MAS operations, including call center operations, human resources, and training.
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Matt Geitner

Vice President, Government Relations
Matt serves as a member of the MAS leadership team advising and directing efforts on all legislative, regulatory and political matters. 
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Chris Gaglione

Vice President, Technology & Process Improvement
Chris is a proven business leader with an innovative and deliberate approach to applying information technology in highly competitive and diverse markets.
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Jennifer Place

Vice President - Medicaid Policy, Compliance & Utilization Review
Jennifer Bartlett oversees Medicaid policy application and transportation utilization review, employee training, and quality assurance.
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Charles McCarthy

Vice President, Business Development
Charles McCarthy is responsible for special projects and business development.
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Kim Taffner

Vice President - Finance
Kim Taffner is responsible for all accounting and financial functions at MAS.
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Candace Murray

Director of Quality Assurance
Candace Murray is responsible for quality assurance functions.
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Terri Collins

Director of Operations and Facilities
Terri Pulaski Collins is responsible for bus pass, mileage reimbursement, commercial travel trip processing.
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Notchaca Cosby

Director of Medicaid Policy
Notchaca Cosby is responsible for the day-to-day management of MAS’ Medicaid transportation management contracts.
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Brian Fite

Director of Technology Programming
Brian Fite leads crucial updates of MAS’ Medicaid transportation management system, allowing a continued improvement in the user experience on the MAS website.
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Carrie Sgroi

Director - Human Resources
Carrie Sgroi is responsible for the supervision of the Human Resources staff, oversight of employee benefits, coaching and mentoring of MAS leadership staff, policy and procedure enforcement
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Ricky Rodriguez

General Manager - New York City
Ricky’s current role with Medical Answering Services is NYC- General Manager, it allows Ricky to continue to service the Medicaid population and assist all medical facilities.
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