About Us  /  Felicia Sze

Felicia Sze

Managing Partner

Felicia Sze is a recognized expert in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement matters, focusing on both the managed care and fee-for-service programs. She advises healthcare providers, including hospitals, clinics, post-acute providers, pharmacies, durable medical equipment suppliers, and others, on a wide array of compliance and reimbursement matters and in disputes with managed care entities and government payors.  She regularly reviews, revises and negotiates managed care contracts with a focus on those using alternative payment models.

Representative Matters

Audits and compliance: Felicia advises healthcare providers from both private and governmental audits. She has challenged numerous adverse findings through administrative and plan appeals, as well as escalating those to litigation or arbitration. She also counsels providers as to legal risks and options that arise with the discovery of billing irregularities or other past compliance issues.


Contracting with payors: Felicia consults with health care providers to assess payor contracts and relationships.  In the increasingly complex environment of risk sharing and joint ventures, Felicia provides guidance to providers as to how the structure of contractual relationships may affect their operations and finances.  Her work in representing providers in disputes with payors uniquely positions her to identify obscure issues in payor contracts.

Pursuing underpayments: Felicia has represented a wide array of providers in pursuing underpayments and other contractual breaches from health care payors, especially managed care plans.  She uses her thorough knowledge of the regulatory requirements imposed on plans in her advocacy on behalf of providers. She advances these disputes with an eye to improving the ongoing relationship that many providers have with plans.


Electronic health records/meaningful use: Felicia has worked with health care providers to develop, implement and use their electronic health records programs to comply with federal requirements.  She has also assisted clients in preparing responses to meaningful use audits by both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contractor and the Office of the Inspector General. She has also advised clients as to requirements for certification of electronic health record systems by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.


Coverage of new technology: Felicia has advised manufacturers and providers to assist them persuade various healthcare payors, such as Medicare, Medicaid or commercial managed care, to cover new drugs, devices or equipment.  


Medicaid financing: Felicia has advised providers as to the state financing of various Medicaid programs through provider taxes, intergovernmental transfers or certified public expenditure methodologies. Her understanding of the structure of Medicaid programs helps her guide providers as they embark on an ever-changing landscape, shaped by quickly changing laws and evolving Medicaid waivers.


Public policy issues:  Felicia has also represented healthcare providers and their trade associations on public policy issues, including challenges to the validity of regulatory requirements, reimbursement changes.  She has also drafted legislation affecting healthcare reimbursement and other policy issues. She works with providers and trade associations to draft comments to proposed federal and state regulations.

Felicia Sze, Managing Partner Athene Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section

  • American Health Lawyers Association

  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

  • California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, Board of Directors

  • Healthcare Financial Management Association, Northern California, Chair of Regulatory/Compliance/Reimbursement Committee


Felicia earned her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology/Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996.  She was the 1996 winner of the Kenneth Priestley award for outstanding student leadership and contribution to student welfare.

Felicia earned her M.P.H. degree specializing in Community Health Sciences/Health Policy from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1998.  After graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles, Felicia served as a Presidential Management Intern for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In this capacity, she acted as the Regional Affairs Specialist to the Regional Director, Region IX.


Felicia received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2004.  In 2002, Felicia was awarded the Barbee Legal Research Fellowship for healthcare law. In addition, Felicia served as Research Assistant to Professor Marjorie Shultz for three years, during which time she researched and edited publications related to medical mistakes and racial disparities in health.