About Us

Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG helps public sector health, education, and human services organizations make measurable improvements to their performance and processes.

PCG’s Health Policy News Blog is written by some of PCG’s most knowledgeable and experienced health policy subject matter experts. With this blog, they aim to distill the latest federal and state health policy news into relevant and digestible reading.

Meet the Contributors

Aaron Holman

Alec Whipple

Beth Bowsky

Bobby D'Olympio

Courtney Gaskamp

Eliza Mette

Eliza Mette is a Policy Advisor within the Health team at PCG. Before attending law school, Eliza was a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she focused on global health cancer initiatives and addressing health disparities in cancer research. Eliza spent several years working in private legal practice, specializing in health care privacy, regulatory, and business matters, and providing pro bono legal immigration services. She most recently worked at the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she tracked and analyzed state behavioral health policy and innovation.

Emily Jobe

Grace-Rebecca Mecha

Health Policy News Team

Jamin Barber

Jan Paterson

Jennifer Martinez

Jessica Lang

Kevin Hutchinson

Lisa Kaplan Howe

Lisa Kaplan Howe (J.D.) is a Senior Advisor who has spent her career working in health law and policy. At PCG, she focuses on statutory and regulatory analysis and strategic advising, particularly related to health care policy. Lisa has provided subject matter expertise to support state health care reform efforts, including policy development and regulatory support for health insurance Marketplaces and state insurance plan management efforts, Medicaid expansion and Medicaid Waivers (including DSRIP Waivers) and State Innovation Waivers. Lisa led PCG’s work with the New Hampshire Insurance Department relative the state’s Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver to provide coverage to newly-eligible adults through the Marketplace and continues to support the states’ Marketplace plan management work. In those roles, Lisa has served as the chief advisor and policy expert related to Medicaid and private insurance law to the New Hampshire Insurance Department, helping to identify, analyze and lead strategic consideration of federal opportunities and requirements. Lisa is also part of the team helping to design Colorado’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. Ms. Kaplan Howe also provides broad policy and regulatory support to PCG’s other health care clients across the country, analyzing policy and regulatory developments, providing strategic advice relative to regulatory questions, and drafting policy briefs and position papers. Lisa is a managing editor of PCG’s monthly health practice area newsletter, Health Policy News. Prior to joining PCG, Lisa served as Policy Director at New Hampshire Voices for Health, where she led legislative and regulatory analysis, strategic planning, and implementation of the organization’s policy agenda. Her work included drafting bills, amendments, testimony, and communications and testifying at hearings. Lisa also held the positions of Private Market Policy Manager and Consumer Health Policy Coordinator at Health Care for All of Massachusetts. While there, she managed private insurance market policy work and was a member of the organization’s internal health reform team. Lisa also practiced law in the Ropes & Gray health care department, advising health care provider and insurer clients.

Margot Thistle

Margot Thistle, Esq. is a managing editor of Health Policy News who has spent much of her career working directly on Affordable Care Act policy and implementation, including having lead plan management operational and policy planning for Vermont Health Connect, a state-based exchange. During her time at PCG, Ms. Thistle has worked extensively with state insurance departments and state agencies on health policy, market stabilization, and regulatory compliance matters. Ms. Thistle provides broad policy and regulatory support to PCG’s other health care clients across the country, analyzing policy and regulatory developments, providing strategic advice relative to regulatory questions, and drafting policy briefs and position papers. Ms. Thistle still has her admission ticket to the signing of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006, the historical Massachusetts health reform bill that preceded the ACA.

Nile Kazimer

Peter Cheesman

Raneem Rayes

Rawson Pino

Ms. Pino is an experienced management consultant with advanced skills in project management and strategic communications. She has diverse professional experiences with federal, state, and local government organizations, having worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the National Park Service, and the City of Eugene, Oregon. Ms. Pino applies her experience at the public-sector management consulting firm PCG to build teams, develop staff, and manage projects for government clients. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.

Rhea Lieber

Rhea Lieber is a Business Analyst on PCG's Health Innovation, Policy, and Information Technology team.

Rich Albertoni

Ruth Quirion

Ruth Quirion, a Senior Advisor with PCG, has 17 years of combined experience working with state government finance and cost allocation plans in her current career with PCG and her former career with the State of Maine. Ms. Quirion has conducted extensive research and attended training on the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and she is a subject matter expert on federal cost allocation requirements for public assistance cost allocation plans, Medicaid administrative claiming, and governmental accounting, financial reporting, and auditing. Ms. Quirion provides technical expertise for all of PCG’s cost allocation projects. Ms. Quirion has worked with various state agencies across the country to develop and implement public assistance cost allocation plans, develop and implement time studies, and assistance with quarterly CAP processing and federal claiming. Prior to joining PCG, Ms. Quirion worked as the Director of Financial Reporting and Internal Audit with the State of Maine’s, Office of the State Controller and an Audit Manager with the state’s Department of Audit. During her eleven year career with the State of Maine, Ms. Quirion was responsible for directing statewide financial reporting and internal audit activities, developing statewide accounting and internal control policies and procedures, and oversight of state agency compliance with the state’s internal control law. This work included providing guidance with the Department of Health and Human Services public assistance cost allocation plans and indirect cost rate proposals for other state agencies. Ms. Quirion received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine, Augusta. Ms. Quirion achieved her certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the State of Maine in August 2002. Ms. Quirion is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and has been a Certified Government Finance Manager since February 2007.

Sean Huse

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