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Jensen receives state health award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, March 02, 2012

CONTACT:  Joan Adam, (605) 773-3737 


Jensen receives state public health award


PIERRE, S.D. – Dawn Jensen, Pierre, recently received the Excellence in the Workplace Award from the South Dakota Department of Health in the agency’s annual Secretary Awards Program. The award is presented to a department employee for outstanding performance during the past year.


Jensen is an Accounting Assistant in the department’s fiscal office and has been instrumental in taking over the Correctional Health re-pricing duties from a former state contract. These duties are complex due to the number of health care providers involved and the variety of discount agreements in place. She also performs checks of pre-authorizations, ensuring that inmates were incarcerated on the date of service and not on one of the many programs requiring them to pay their own medical bills. Working directly with providers and Correctional Health staff, Jensen ensures that claims are paid at the correct discount price and that each claim was pre-authorized through the utilization management process.  Her actions have contributed to a substantial savings to the program.