- The Ohio State University, M.H.A., 1993
- Central State University, B.A., 1991
Alicia is the president of Vorys Health Care Advisors LLC (VHCA). VHCA helps health care providers, business decision makers, professional associations and other stakeholders deal with the challenges of a complex, rapidly changing state and federal health care environment.
Alicia has over 25 years of experience in health care policy. More specifically, she has extensive experience with Medicaid and other public assistance programs, and has worked extensively with mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) systems and providers. Alicia has assisted state and local government programs design and implemented numerous service delivery and payment reform efforts, including the development and approval of Medicaid health homes and similar care management programs. In addition, Alicia has consulted to several clients, including the District of Columbia, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia on a wide range of issues, including program design and implementation, Medicaid 1115 waiver and state plan development, program analysis, and stakeholder engagement. She has also led several projects with Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), community behavioral health providers, hospital and health systems, and state and national trade associations, as well as supported MCOs to respond to state-issued requests for proposals.
Alicia’s notable experience includes:
- Working with Virginia to develop a statewide strategy to address the long-term care needs of elderly adults with psychiatric conditions.
- Leading an effort on behalf of the City of Columbus (Ohio) to secure $1 million for the Healthy Beginnings at Home: Housing Stabilization Program for Pregnant Women for women at high risk for negative birth outcomes and experiencing housing instability.
- Assisting South Carolina to develop a parity risk assessment plan and report.
- Providing targeted technical support, subject matter expertise, and resource development for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) relating to SUD, primary/behavioral health integration, and severe mental illness (SMI) data analytics. The IAP is a collaborative effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, launched by CMS in 2014.
- Serving as a national subject matter expert and developing a national guidance document for the CMS IAP to assist states in conducting analysis of Medicaid claims and encounter data to better understand populations with SMI.
- Working with Michigan to develop and submit its Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver for an expanded array of SUD services, and assisting Michigan with development of its Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver implementation plan.
- Assisting Missouri and Rhode Island to become the first and second states in the US, respectively, to receive CMS approval of their Medicaid health home state plan amendments. Working with the District of Columbia, Michigan, and Ohio to receive CMS approval of their Medicaid health home state plan amendments.
- Working with the District of Columbia and Michigan to support implementation of health home services, including designing information exchange and other technology solutions to ensure payment, quality outcomes reporting, and operational compliance.
Immediately prior to joining Vorys Health Care Advisors, Alicia worked as a principal for another national health care consulting firm. She also served as managing principal for eleven years at a national health care policy consulting and research firm. She began her career in 1995 working at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (now the Ohio Department of Medicaid) as a policy and program developer.
Alicia has presented and has been published on a number of health care policy related topics including: the geropsychiatric system of care in Virginia; billing effectively and accurately for integrated behavioral health services; Medicaid health home best practices and financing and policy considerations; and making the Ohio Medicaid business case for integrated physical and behavioral health care.
Alicia has a M.H.A. from The Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. from Central State University.
Alicia is not licensed to practice law in any state and does not provide legal services.
- 12/16/2019Alicia Smith, the president of Vorys Health Care Advisors (VHCA), was a guest on the November 24, 2019 edition of 10TV’s (WBNS) weekly political show Face the State.