Ideas. Strategies. Solutions. Action. With a unique combination of Medicaid, public policy, financial and clinical experience, VHCA helps 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 has 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 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 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
Ms. Corcoran 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 — Ms. Corcoran 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, Ms. Corcoran 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, Ms. Corcoran was responsible for Medicaid policy development regarding providers, eligibility, health plan policies, managed care, benefit package design, and reimbursement.
In this capacity, Ms. Corcoran 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, Ms. Corcoran also served as the state’s interim Medicaid director in 2010.
Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in 2008, Ms. Corcoran 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, Ms. Corcoran 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.
Ms. Corcoran 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.
Daphne K. Saneholtz, Senior Advisor
Ms. Saneholtz advises and provides policy guidance to a wide range of health care stakeholders. She has special expertise in Medicaid policy, health care reimbursement methodologies and procedures, benefit package design and children’s health care. Throughout her career, Ms. Saneholtz has worked extensively with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), members of the Ohio General Assembly and Governor’s Office, state and local agencies with health and human services responsibilities, and numerous professional stakeholder organizations.
Prior to joining VHCA, Ms. Saneholtz held various positions in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), within the Office of Ohio Health Plans and the Office of Legislation. In her most recent position at ODJFS, she managed the Office of Ohio Health Plans’ contractual relationship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services related to Ohio’s Medicaid state plan, policy specific to the single state agency responsibilities, and strategic initiatives concerning benefit design and health plan administration for Ohio Medicaid. Ms. Saneholtz also served as a member of the Office of Ohio Health Plans’ team that analyzed the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and developed the framework for Medicaid policy changes in Ohio.
Prior to joining the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in 2008, Ms. Saneholtz served as the director of state and local government relations for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. In this position, she developed policy and legislative agendas and implemented strategies to positively impact children’s health care, hospital funding and public health.
Ms. Saneholtz received her J.D., cum laude, from Capital University Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Indiana University. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio.
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Of Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Ms. Stratton is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office and plays a significant role in working with VHCA. Before joining Vorys, she served for 16 years as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Ms. Stratton 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 Ms. Stratton 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.
Ms. Stratton’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.
Ms. Stratton has brought passion and creativity to reforms in adoption in Ohio, serving for 12 years on the board of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and helping establish the organization now known as the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy. She has also served on the board of the National Corporation for Supportive Housing, which helps advocate for housing for offenders and people with serious mental illness.
Ms. Stratton’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.
Ms. Stratton 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. Ms. Stratton also has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Capital University Law School and an Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University.