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    Your dedicated GHSC team

Our office business leaders

GHSC has four offices across the U.S. located in Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. in addition to remote employees throughout the country.

Our service sectors

We have teams of individuals specializing in the critical and strategic areas our clients require:


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Denise Podeschi

Denise is a Partner with Mercer Government Human Services Consulting, a speciality practice devoted to publicly-funded health care programs.

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Mike Nordstrom

Mike leads this business group. His background includes risk and claims analysis, capitation rate setting and project management.

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Policy & Operations

Policy & Operations Sector

Meredith Mayeri

As co-lead for our POpS Sector, Meredith is responsible for reviewing federal Medicaid, CHIP, and health care reform laws, regulations and policy in order to assist clients.

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Informatics Sector

Doug Shannon

Doug manages this sector by providing his insight and knowledge to clients through all sectors including actuarial, pharmacy, policy, operations and clinical and behavioral programs.

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Shawna Kittridge

Shawna utilizes her past Medicaid experience and knowledge of the pharmacy industry best practices to assist clients in maximizing their drug expenditures.

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In the Spotlight

An Interview with Michael R. Smith

a Principal in Mercer’s government sector . . .

Mike, you recently joined Mercer from CMS. What was your role and major focus of your position?

As the former Director of the Division of Community Systems Transformation in the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, a group within the Center for Medicaid and CHIP services, I was responsible for directing the division's grant programs as well as the the efforts to diffuse learning from demonstrations into Medicaid long term services and supports (LTSS) programs. Prior to employment with CMS, I served in leadership capacities within county, state, and non-profit organizations as a deputy administrator, chief of staff, and executive director, respectively. Integrating Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) into the fabric of everyday life for people with physical, intellectual and age related disabilities has been the hallmark of my career.

How has the ACA Repeal/Replace affected your focus at Mercer?

What do you see are the challenges states are facing at this time regarding this topic?

Under the ACA, states have expanded their efforts toward greater utilization of HCBS for individuals needing long term services and supports. As of 2015, expenditures for . . .

An Interview with Laura K. Nelson, MD 

a Principal in Mercer’s government sector and a board-certified psychiatrist . . .

Laura brings extensive Medicaid managed care clinical and administrative expertise to the Mercer team in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders, and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Her experience ranges from direct care within inpatient and outpatient settings to state-level executive leadership positions in public health, behavioral health, and intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Prior to Mercer, she served as Arizona’s state behavioral health director.

Dr. Nelson, what do you see as major, current challenges related to behavioral health for states?

AHCA/ACA. One significant, and perhaps the most obvious, challenge is preparing for whatever happens related to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Healthcare Act.  All states are waiting to respond to what could be some . . .


The depth of Mercer GHSC staffing resources

Our specialists in all facets of Medicaid, are backed by the strength of Mercer - the world's largest benefits consulting firm.  We believe the combination of our firm's experience and the capabilities and expertise of our GHSC staff makes Mercer the most cost-effective consulting firm.*

The depth of Mercer GHSC staffing resources, experts in all facets of Medicaid, is backed by the strength of Mercer, the world’s largest benefits consulting firm. We believe the combination of our firm’s experience and the capabilities and expertise of our GHSC staff makes Mercer the most cost-effective consulting firm.

The GHSC specialty practice employs more than 200 individuals, all dedicated to helping states efficiently purchase health care. Among them are credentialed actuaries; accountants; clinicians including psychologists, nurses and pharmacists; policy specialists; waiver specialists; and data/encounter specialists.

*2014 Business Insurance Ranking