Special Investigation Unit Investigator III

Job Category:  Accounting/Finance
Department:  Compliance

Los Angeles, CA, US, 90017

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition ID:  9765

Salary Range:  $88,854.00 (Min.) - $115,509.00 (Mid.) - $142,166.00 (Max.)


Established in 1997, L.A. Care Health Plan is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents. We are the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan. Serving more than 2 million members in five health plans, we make sure our members get the right care at the right place at the right time.

Mission: L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County's vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose.

Job Summary

The Special Investigation Unit Investigator III will perform in-depth evaluation of potential fraud & abuse cases and develops complex investigations that involve high dollar amounts, sensitive issues, or that otherwise meet criteria for fraud, waste & abuse. In addition, this position will be responsible for building the investigative approach and provide leadership for Investigators through mentoring, on-site audit leadership and hands-on training of investigative techniques.


Responsible for in-depth investigations requiring subject matter expertise for suspected provider, pharmacy, employer or member fraud or abuse across all products at L.A. Care Health Plan. Ensures adherence to L.A. Care's policies and procedures for its various product offerings. Conducts investigation-related training.


Investigates allegations and complex issues pertaining to potential health care fraud by providers or members.  Makes potential fraud & abuse determinations by utilizing a variety of sources including data analytics to detect unusual billing.  Proactively seeks out and develops leads received from fraud tips and any variety of sources (e.g., fraud alerts, media) and initiates appropriate action.  Writes comprehensive investigatory/fact-finding reports and summaries documenting interviews and findings.  Reviews information contained in standard claims processing system files (e.g. claims history, provider files) to determine provider billing patterns and to detect potential fraudulent or abusive billing practices or vulnerabilities in Medi-Cal/Medicare policies and initiates appropriate action. Is a leader at onsite audits as assigned in conjunction with investigation development.  Completes investigations after referrals to law enforcement (Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Justice (DOJ) or local police).  Participates at hearings/appeals and can testify as a witness in court proceedings.  Initiates the  process with L.A. Care’s Recovery Services for recoupment of overpaid monies.

Submits referrals of suspected fraud cases within mandated period of time as required by DHCS and CMS. Prepares and submits investigative report documenting all phases of an investigation. Compiles and maintains various documentation and other reporting requirements while following all confidentiality and security guidelines. Maintains cases referred to law enforcement and responds to requests for information; pursues applicable administrative actions during investigation/case development.


Participates in industry meetings/trainings and is able to effectively share and gather significant information.  Develops and maintains strong working relationships with associates and regulators including DHCS, DOJ the FBI, Local Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, etc.  Continually enhances investigative skills and understanding of emerging issues and trends impacting the industry.


Perform other duties as assigned.

Duties Continued

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or Related Field
In lieu of degree, equivalent education and/or experience may be considered.

Education Preferred

Master's Degree in Criminal Justice or Related Field


Minimum of 5 years of experience in healthcare fraud investigation/detection and/or healthcare related specialty including but not limited to; Pharmacy, DME, Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Hospice, Home Health, Dental etc.

Experience conducting fact-finding interviews or investigations to gather information and draw conclusions from various accounts and versions of the same event.


Diverse experience as subject matter expert (SME) with multiple specialties including: Pharmacy, DME, Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Hospice, Home Health, Dental etc.


Excellent research skills and the ability to support conclusions with documentary evidence.


Excellent analytical, problem solving, and resolution skills and the ability to discern the practical application of regulatory and legal requirements.


Demonstrated strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple demands and priorities.


Excellent and effective communication skills, both verbal and written.


Proficient computer skills, including computer applications such as MS Word and Excel.  Experience managing large amounts of data including pivot tables, complex calculations, and ability to perform comparisons across multiple large data sets.


Understanding of the vital importance of commitment to excellence and demonstrating a high regard for organizational values.


Ability to maintain in-depth working knowledge of fraud investigation techniques and mentor less experienced team members.



Proficiency with Access

Licenses/Certifications Required

Licenses/Certifications Preferred

Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator (AHFI)
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

Required Training

Physical Requirements


Additional Information

Salary Range Disclaimer: The expected pay range is based on many factors such as geography, experience, education, and the market.  The range is subject to change.


L.A. Care offers a wide range of benefits including

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Retirement Plans
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Wellness Program
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO)


Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

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