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Michelle Apodaca

Contract Attorney
Austin Office

Health care providers benefit from Michelle "Missy" Apodaca's unique blend of business and legal experience and her concentration on emerging trends in health care sectors. Missy's comprehensive understanding of federal and state health care legislative policy and regulation helps clients address the challenges they face with day-to-day operations, as well as planning for reaching longterm objectives and strategic alignment. Hospitals and health systems, physician practices, health care providers and companies working in the health care space rely on Missy's insight into operational, business and related regulatory issues. Missy works with clients to develop and lead state legislative and regulatory policy agendas with the Texas Legislature, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Medical Board, Texas Dental Board and Texas Pharmacy Board.

Previously, Missy served as the vice president of advocacy, legal and public policy at the Texas Hospital Association. Earlier in her career she served as in-house legal counsel and compliance officer for a Texas health maintenance organization and as a legislative aide in both the Texas State Senate and the US House of Representatives. The breadth and depth of her experience underscore Missy's zealous advocacy for clients who depend on her advice to plan proactively for the evolving health care landscape. Missy's understanding of policy and politics enables her to assist clients participating in state-managed Medicaid programs, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Medicare Advantage program.

Missy also assists clients with the licensure of health care collaborative organizations and accountable care organizations, health maintenance organizations, third-party administrators, discount health care programs, acute care hospitals, Texas non-profit health corporations (5.01a), and behavioral health care facilities and units. Providers consult Missy on securing Medicare provider-based status and federally qualified health center (FQHC)/look-alike funding and on FQHC operational matters. She also develops public policy, advocacy and regulatory affairs programs at the federal and state levels for health care providers.

Missy's legislative and regulatory experience include the following areas:

  • Telehealth and telemedicine
  • FQHC funding and operational matters
  • 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver
  • Procurement and contracting with state agencies
  • Health insurance policy (commercial, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid,Medicaid-managed care, STAR+PLUS and CHIP)
  • Texas Pharmacy Act
  • Dental service organizations
  • Health care facility and provider licensure
  • State specific designations impacting reimbursements

Missy is a frequent and respected speaker at national health law and policy conferences.

Shown below is a selection of Michelle’s engagements.

March 3, 2016
Presenter | Payor Provider Convergence: A Review of Current Trends | ABA Health Law Section, 2016 Emerging Issues in Health Care Law Conference
February 12, 2016
Presenter | Telemedicine Regulatory Landscape | Alliant Fifth Annual Health Care Education Forum
Michelle  Apodaca

Bar Admissions

  • Texas


  • American Bar Association, former member, Health Section Governing Council; former co-chair, Washington Health Law Summit
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • Austin Health Lawyers Association
  • Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Board Member
  • Leadership Texas, Graduate
  • Leadership El Paso, Graduate
  • Leadership Austin, Affiliate
  • Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, former chair, Government Relations and Medicaid Tax Force
  • Seton Fifty, former board member
  • Children's Advocacy Centers & Women of Courage, former member, Board of Directors
  • Junior League of El Paso and Austin, former member
  • Keep Austin Beautiful, former member, Board of Directors
  • Caring Family Network, former member, Board of Directors
  • YMCA of El Paso, former member, Board of Directors
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