IRVING, Texas, Feb. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) today announced that Robert Becker was appointed to the HMS Board of Directors effective January 29, 2016. Until his retirement in May 2015, Becker was the Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer Health - a division of the global information services company Wolters Kluwer, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. The Company also announced that Robert M. Holster will not seek reelection to the Board following expiration of his current term, which ends as of the date of the 2016 Annual Meeting.

"Bob Becker will be a great addition to our Board," said Bill Lucia, Chairman and CEO. “As a data analytics company, HMS partners with payers to help bend the healthcare cost curve. Bob will bring important perspectives to our Board discussions about corporate strategy, based on his direct healthcare experience and many years of executive leadership in the digital information and software solutions industry,” added Lucia.

Prior to his role with Wolters Kluwer Health, Becker was CEO of the Company’s Law & Business division (2003 – 2008). Previously he was CEO of Jupiter-Media Metrix (2001 – 2003) and held several executive positions at the Thomson Corporation (1990 – 2003), including President and CEO of their Intellectual Property and Automotive Group. Becker holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Robert Holster stepped down as Board Chairman in July 2015, after more than nine years in the role. He served as a HMS director for a total of nearly 18 years and held various executive roles at the Company for more than 20 years, including service as Chief Executive Officer from May 2005 until February 2009.

“Bob Holster has contributed enormously to the growth and success of HMS since first joining the Company in 1982. He was a strong leader in both his executive roles and as Board chair,” said Bill Lucia. “His extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and the evolution of HMS over the past 30 years made Bob an invaluable Board member and he will be missed – as a colleague, advisor and friend to all of us who had the privilege of working with him over the years.”

About HMS Holdings Corp.

HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides coordination of benefits and payment integrity services for payers. The Company serves state Medicaid programs; health plans, including Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and group and individual health lines of business; federal government health agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration; government and private employers; child support agencies; and other healthcare payers and sponsors. As a result of the Company’s services, our customers recover billions of dollars annually and save billions more through the prevention of erroneous payments.

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