Recorded Series: Medicaid University

NACHC and Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP have joined up to create a “Medicaid University,” your one stop shop for all things about the Medicaid FQHC PPS and Alternative Payment Methodologies (APMs).  This series will provide participants with the tools they need to help develop a strong strategy in working with their state and Medicaid partners.

This series of seven 75 minute webinars will focus on the fundamentals of the Medicaid FQHC payment, covering current law and policy and how it is being applied in the states. Each webinar will address a specific topic, focusing on the policy and legal landscape, and attendees will hear from health center and PCA leaders on their successes and challenges in their states, providing insights to help strengthen your state-based strategies.


  • the FQHC Medicaid fundamentals
  • setting a base rate
  • the application of caps and screens to a PPS
  • Medicaid approved billable providers at an FQHC
  • Change in scope issues
  • The FQHC PPS wrap around payment issues and paid claims and out of network issues.

Whether you are a health center newbie, looking for more information on the FQHC Medicaid PPS or a veteran looking to refresh your knowledge, this webinar is for you.

*Disclaimer: Although the live version of this series included two "Office Hours" sessions, those recordings are not included in this recorded webinar series.

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Rachael FitzGerald (Kentucky Primary Care Association)

Rachael is the director for member services and federal programs at the Kentucky Primary Care Association, a membership organization made of 89 Clinic organizations, including Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics. This is Rachael’s second time working with the PCA and she has been there for four and a half years. Previously, she was Director for a Center for Rural Health and COO/CFO for a Migrant Farmworker Health Center.


A partner with the firm, Matt represents health centers facing a variety of adverse administrative decisions and legal actions. Defending clients in all phases of administrative and judicial review, from the lowest level up to the Supreme Court, he also represents clients in affirmative litigation against states and other entities. Matt has litigated on behalf of health centers on a variety of issues, including denials of deeming applications and the scope of FTCA coverage for malpractice actions brought against health centers and their providers. [Full Bio]


Kathy is a Partner in Feldesman Tucker’s health law practice group. In the area of health law, Kathy’s practice focuses on government-sponsored health care programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act, with an emphasis on payment/reimbursement and compliance-related issues. Kathy also represents clients in government investigations and audits, litigation before federal and state courts, as well as in administrative appeals with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) and Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB). She provides reimbursement counseling (including identification, reporting, and repayment of overpayments) with respect to Medicare, Medicaid, and private third-party payors. [Full Bio]

Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman (Michigan Primary Care Association)

Ryan currently serves as the Director of Operations and Policy overseeing the Michigan Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) operations and enabling services team and leads the PCA’s public policy and government affairs activities. Ryan holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration, where he focused his studies on public policy, government relations, program evaluation, and mixed methodology data analysis in the nonprofit and public sectors.

Abby Painchaud (NACHC)

Abby recently joined NACHC’s State Affairs Team as the Program Associate where she manages PCA communications, Medicaid University, and related projects. Abby is currently developing a chartbook to highlight PCA data including Medicaid FQHC payments, state funding, telehealth, and more.

Erica Shannon (Iowa Primary Care Association)

Erica is the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Iowa Primary Care Association, working primarily on state and federal policy; compliance, legal and regulatory issues; and the Medicaid Managed Care transition. Earning her JD from Drake University School of Law prior to joining the Iowa PCA, Erica worked for leadership in the Iowa Senate focusing on healthcare, agriculture, and regulatory issues.

Ginger Smith (California Primary Care Association)

Ginger Smith is the Director of Health Center Operations for the California Primary Care Association where she is responsible for supporting health centers in strengthening their operational efficiencies by overseeing the CPCA technical assistance program and leading the PCA’s work associated with the prospective payment system.  Prior to joining CPCA seven years ago, she worked at a FQHC for over 17 years and served in the United States Air Force for seven years. 

Susan Sumrell (NACHC)

Susan is the Deputy Director of the State Affairs team at NACHC. Her work focuses on Medicare and Medicaid policy issues - reviewing and analyzing federal and state regulations and policies affecting health centers and advising, state primary care associations, and health centers and NACHC staff on these policies.

Libby Thurman (Tennessee Primary Care Association)

Libby Thurman is the Health Policy Director at the Tennessee Primary Care Association. In this role, she leads the Association’s policy and government relations efforts, as well as overseeing the Association’s communications program.


Susannah is a Partner in the firm’s health law practice group where she focuses on health care litigation and regulatory counseling, with a focus on Medicaid and Medicare payment, financing, and compliance issues. Susannah brings regulatory expertise to bear when advising clients and pursuing litigation on their behalf. She has experience negotiating Medicaid waivers and managed care arrangements on behalf of providers, provider associations, and governmental entities. She represented a group of providers in reaching a settlement in major Medicaid litigation. [Full Bio]


Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted is a national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres. He advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance, grant administration, cost reporting, and administrative issues and routinely handles challenging issues such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. Ted's priority is to help each organization carry out its mission by offering practical, down-to-earth counsel and to ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. [Full Bio]

Marija Weeden (Colorado Community Health Network)

For the past four years, Marija (Maria) has served as the Alternative Payment and Care Model Manager at CCHN, the Colorado PCA. She manages CCHN’s process to negotiate and implement a payment reform pilot; works cross divisionally to align payment reform metrics with quality improvement activities; and advocates for health care legislation, rules, and other policy issues to advance CCHN’s public affairs agenda.

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