Michelle Apodaca


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), 1998

B.A., Business Administration, Austin College, 1989

  • Law Clerk to the Federal Public Defender, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, June-July 1996




Healthcare providers benefit from Michelle Apodaca’s unique blend of business and legal experience and her concentration on emerging trends in healthcare sectors. Michelle’s comprehensive understanding of federal and state healthcare legislative policy and regulation, coupled with her unwavering enthusiasm helps clients address the challenges they face with day-to-day operations as well as long-term objectives and strategic alignment. Hospitals and health systems, physician practices, and other healthcare providers rely on Michelle’s insight into operational, business and related regulatory issues including alignment of incentives and business strategies in the emerging healthcare marketplace; assisting in the transition from fee-for-service to quality/value based payments; and implementing and maintaining quality initiatives. Michelle 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.

Prior to entering private practice, Michelle served the Texas Hospital Association members as the vice president of advocacy, legal and public policy. 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 U.S. House of Representatives. The breadth and depth of her experience underscore Michelle's zealous advocacy for clients who depend on her advice to plan proactively for the evolving healthcare landscape. Michelle’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. Michelle also assists clients with the licensure of healthcare collaborative organizations and ACOs, HMOs, third-party administrators, discount healthcare programs, acute care hospitals, Texas non-profit health corporations (5.01a’s) and behavioral healthcare facilities and units. Providers consult Michelle 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 healthcare providers. 

Michelle’s legislative and regulatory opportunities include: 

  • Telehealth and telemedicine
  • FQHC funding and operational matters
  • 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver
  • 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
  • Healthcare facility and provider licensure
  • State specific designations impacting reimbursements

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


Health Law Vitals

Health Law Vitals - A Healthcare Newsletter from Haynes and Boone

The Haynes and Boone Health Law Vitals Newsletter explores significant developments and legislation in healthcare law. This edition discusses healthcare hazards involving medical records during bankruptcy, a ninth circuit decision that impacts settling FCA defendants, an update on telehealth in Texas, and guidance on how to avoid FCA liability for firms investing in healthcare companies.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Payor Provider Convergence: A Review of Current Trends,” presenter, ABA Health Law Section, 2016 Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference, panel, March 3, 2016.
  • “Telemedicine – Regulatory Landscape,” presenter, Alliant Fifth Annual Healthcare Education Forum, February 12, 2016.

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association, Health Section Governing Council
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Washington Health Law Summit
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • Austin Health Lawyers Association
  • Graduate of Leadership Texas
  • Graduate of Leadership El Paso
  • Affiliate of Leadership Austin
  • Former Chair, Government Relations and Medicaid Tax Force, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Seton Fifty
  • Board of Directors of Children’s Advocacy Centers
  • Junior League of El Paso and Austin
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Keep Austin Beautiful
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Caring Family Network
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, YMCA of El Paso

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