Robert J. Benvenuti III
Robert J. Benvenuti III has been actively involved in the health care industry since 1983. His experience includes serving as a provider, administrator, compliance officer, government official and legal counsel. He has significant experience in health care fraud and abuse, compliance, false claims, government investigations, medical staff issues, internal investigations, civil liability, controlled substances abuse and diversion, and EMTALA, as well as general regulatory and operational issues facing institutional and individual providers.
In February 2004, Mr. Benvenuti was appointed Inspector General for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services where he served until January of 2007. As Inspector General Benvenuti led a staff of approximately 340 employees and was responsible for directing the operations and formulating policy for the Office. Among other things, the Office of Inspector General is charged with investigating and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid program, as well as allegations of prescription drug abuse and diversion. The OIG is also responsible for conducting complaint investigations and standard surveys involving some 3,000 health care facilities and services across the Commonwealth relative to state licensure requirements and federal certification conditions of participation on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Prior to his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Benvenuti was an attorney with Stites & Harbison, PLLC. From 1998 to 2002 he served as the originating Corporate Compliance Officer for the UK Chandler Medical Center, where he established and directed the Medical Centerís comprehensive compliance program.
Before becoming an attorney, he served in various administrative and management positions, including risk manager, for Baptist Healthcare Systems of Kentucky. Benvenuti also served for five years as a member of a volunteer rescue squad in his hometown of Sparta, New Jersey.
Mr. Benvenuti is a 1998 graduate of the UK College of Law. While in law school he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and a published author. Mr. Benvenuti also earned a Master's of Public Administration from the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration in 1991 and his BS degree from the University of Kentucky in 1988.
Mr. Benvenuti is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. He serves as an adjunct professor for the UK College of Law and has published several articles on fraud and abuse in the health care industry as well as other operational and regulatory issues facing health care providers.