Richard Topping, Chief Legal Officer
As Chief Legal Officer, Richard Topping leads CareSource’s assurance and advocacy teams including legal, internal audit, compliance and risk, program integrity, external affairs, policy, government relations, and corporate governance. He also serves as the lead executive for the organization’s veteran and military service programs.
Richard focuses on highly politicized, new health care delivery systems—like the implementation of TRICARE portability, the entry of Medicaid managed care into a fee-for-service state, and the passage of the MISSION Act to allow veterans better access to health care. His unique experience as an attorney and a health plan executive coupled with his Medicaid, VA and TRICARE expertise creates a unique perspective for the build-out of new government healthcare programs.
Before coming to CareSource, Richard was a member of Mintz’ healthcare practice in Washington D.C. He also served as the CEO of Shao, Inc., a technology partnership between health plans and telecom carriers that provided plans and their members with tools to align incentives and improve health. Prior to Shao, Richard served as an appointee to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and as the CEO and General Counsel of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. In those roles, he helped guide the state through its successful transition to capitated IDD and mental health services.
Richard was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice for the George W. Bush Administration. He represented the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the height of clinical disputes over the relationship between vaccines and autism in children. He also served as counsel at the Center for Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Richard began his career as a U.S. Army infantry officer and then served as a JAG officer specializing in TRICARE, health care finance, and hospitals. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University with a concentration in health law and policy.