Ideas. Strategies. Solutions. Action. With a unique combination of Medicaid, public policy, financial and clinical experience, our health care consultants help stakeholders meet the challenges of a complex, rapidly changing state and federal health care environment. We offer clients innovative strategies and the kind of counsel that leads to well-informed decisions – and action that gets results.
VHCA health care consultants have expertise in Medicaid policy, health care service delivery and payment systems, services for children, behavioral health care, developmental disabilities, aging and community-based services. Our consultants’ unique combination of experience and creativity allows us to deliver smart, effective solutions in a number of areas, including:
- System change and organizational behavior in a dynamic health care policy environment
- Federal health care reform, particularly as it relates to the Affordable Care Act of 2010
- Medicaid consulting, including policy and reimbursement
- Managed care and other care coordination strategies, including integration models involving mental health and substance use disorder services
- The design and operation of health homes and model accountable care organizations
- Management and policy guidance for physicians, hospitals, home health agencies, hospice and palliative care providers, health centers, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICFs-MR) and nursing facilities, including IMD (institutions for mental disease) policy
- EPSDT (early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment) requirements and issues associated with services offered and benefit package design, including care for children with special needs
- Service delivery and payment system reform
- Quality improvement innovations, including those tested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
- Strategic planning with providers to position them for changes inherent in the evolving federal and state health care environment
- Government relations, both state and federal
Maureen M. Corcoran, President
Maureen leads the VHCA team. A veteran health care professional with more than 25 years of experience as a clinician, policy maker and administrator — along with her expertise in Medicaid programs, health care finance and quality improvement — Maureen has a wide range of knowledge and skills. She and the VHCA team are committed to tailoring solutions that match each client’s goals, needs and aspirations.
Prior to joining Vorys Health Care Advisors, Maureen directed policy and program initiatives for the state of Ohio’s Medicaid program. As deputy director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Maureen was responsible for Medicaid policy development regarding providers, eligibility, health plan policies, managed care, benefit package design, and reimbursement.
In this capacity, Maureen interacted regularly with members of the Ohio General Assembly, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, sister state agencies, and numerous stakeholder organizations within Ohio and beyond its borders. She participated actively in a number of interagency initiatives, with a special interest in children and individuals with disabilities. Recognized for her passion and problem-solving abilities, Maureen also served as the state’s interim Medicaid director in 2010.
Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in 2008, Maureen was the president of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), an association of service providers committed to building a statewide service system to meet the needs of Ohioans with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. She served OPRA in this capacity for 10 years.
For 14 years beginning in 1984, Maureen served the state of Ohio in a variety of positions, including director of the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Budget and Cost Containment Policy; executive assistant to Governor Richard Celeste, where she was the administration’s chief human services policy advisor; and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, at the pleasure of Governor George V. Voinovich.
Maureen holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, with a concentration in finance and health care. She also earned a Masters Degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, where she also served as a clinical faculty member. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.
Joseph E. Doodan
Joe has more than 35 years of experience working in health care policy and management, including 10 years at the Ohio Department of Medicaid. In this role, he led Medicaid coverage and payment policy for all non-institutional providers. He also participated in hundreds of Medicaid stakeholder meetings with House and Senate members, state agencies, the Medical Care Advisory Committee, trade associations, individual providers, lobbyists, Medicaid actuaries, claims payment vendors, managed care plans and advocacy groups.
Joe has extensive knowledge of the Medicaid sections of the Ohio Administrative Code, has worked on numerous state budgets and has authored budget initiative language, budget amendments and veto language. In addition, he has extensive knowledge of the Ohio state Medicaid plan, has crafted many state plan amendments and has experience with Medicaid waivers.
Prior to working for the state, Joe was the executive director of the Ohio Primary Care Association.
Joe received his M.A. and his B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Marisa P. Weisel
Marisa is a senior advisor with VHCA. She has significant experience in public policy and advocacy. Marisa has worked on a variety of health policy topics, including Medicaid benefits and reimbursement; physician fee schedules; Affordable Care Act; state health reform; medical education; tobacco cessation; immunizations; telemedicine and telehealth; clinical guidelines; and opioid abuse/overdose issues. Marisa’s has worked with the Ohio Department of Medicaid and and the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.
Marisa has given numerous presentations; monitored and reported on legislative and regulatory affairs; and authored advocacy documents on behalf of numerous physician specialty societies. She has facilitated both large and small group meetings and has successfully led and co-led strategic planning processes. She also has experience conducting policy research and analysis and authored a research study on primary care reimbursement increases that was cited by The New York Times.
Prior to joining VHCA, Marisa was manager of advocacy and policy for the Ohio State Medical Association. She also taught a graduate course at the University of Michigan on integrating disciplines of public health. In addition, Marisa worked as policy research fellow for the American Heart Association and as an associate regulatory affairs specialist for a medical device manufacturing company.
Marisa received her M.P.H. and her B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office and assists VHCA. Before joining Vorys, she served for 16 years as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Eve has decades of experience working on mental and behavioral health matters related to the adult and youth criminal justice systems. While serving on the Ohio Supreme Court, she formed and chaired the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Mental Illness & the Courts, which since its formation in 2001 has helped establish 38 mental health courts, of which 11 are juvenile mental health courts, recommended changes to Medicaid and advocated for a new Juvenile Competency Statute. The advisory committee’s work was recently taken on by the Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness, which Eve co-chairs with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. She is also actively engaged in a multi-phase, multi-state effort with the MacArthur Foundation to develop reforms in juvenile justice.
Eve’s work is also well known outside of Ohio. She co-created and co-chaired a national committee of mental health court judges called the Judges Leadership Initiative on Criminal Justice and Mental Health (JLI). JLI is the first organization of its kind that brings together organizations involved in criminal justice and mental health reforms. It not only improved collaboration and information sharing but also provided judges with access to critical information about successful criminal justice/mental health reform efforts occurring across the nation.
Eve’s efforts have resulted in many honors, such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Distinguished Service Award and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Adoption Excellence Award. In 2008, she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Ranking among the nation’s most prestigious awards, this honor pays tribute to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world.
Eve received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. She earned her B.A. and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Akron. Eve also has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Capital University Law School and an Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University.