There’s a reason why when COVID-19 first spread around the Madison community in 2020, one local mental health clinic’s newly created waitlist and reach quickly grew.
There’s a reason why when COVID-19 first spread around the Madison community in 2020, one local mental health clinic’s newly created waitlist and reach quickly grew.
To this day, Anesis Family Therapy’s waitlist sits at around 600 people, said executive director and marriage and family therapist Myra McNair. The rationale for the waitlist in the first place: A rising demand among Dane County’s minority groups — as amplified by the health crisis — for mental health care that’s more culturally competent than what’s available, she said.
But Anesis Family Therapy has sought to address that demand since 2016, said McNair, who opened the state Department of Health-certified clinic when she worked for Journey Mental Health Center.
The business has since more than doubled its staff, purchased a new space, launched local drop-in clinics and started offering services in neighboring cities and northern Wisconsin — also with the goal of creating a more diverse psychology workforce, said McNair, who is also an adjunct professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Edgewood College (her alma mater) and the community coordinator for a program called Raising Safe Families, in which McNair helps teach parenting skills.
According to 2018 figures from the American Psychological Association, 86% of psychologists in the U.S. were white. But only 5% were Asian and Hispanic, with 4% being Black and 1% multiracial or from other racial and ethnic groups.
And so what started as a part-time endeavor with one employee now has 50 staff members — coming from diverse racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds — who take up up two locations on the West and North sides. Only three Anesis employees are white, McNair said.
The 17,000-square-foot Forward Drive building, which includes 30 offices for providers to meet with their patients, is a 2020 buy worth $900,000 plus $250,000 in renovations that finished in May, McNair said. It was covered by a forgivable loan from the city of Madison. The International Lane space has 20 offices.
The clinic chose both locations to increase its visibility to prospective patients, she said.
Adorning the walls of the Forward Drive space are works of art that represent the various perspectives of both staff members and patients — one wall features two distinct designs that depict side profiles of faces. The black-and-white line work used in the pieces is reminiscent of traditional African art styles, which employ vibrant colors and geometric patterns, McNair said.
The business also hosts drop-in clinics at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at Lighthouse Church on Fridays. Anesis is additionally doing contract work in both Janesville and Oneida County, she said.
All are to accommodate the hundreds of patients the clinic serves through a range of services, including counseling for individuals, couples and families, as well as group therapy, in-home mental health treatment and case management, McNair said. Services are provided in English, Spanish, Albanian and Hmong to address language barriers.
Out-of-pocket costs do apply if a patient doesn’t have private insurance, but treatment is accessible through public programs for children in foster care, and people dealing with crises and first-time criminal offenses, among other things.
Alvin Thomas, an assistant professor in the UW-Madison Human Development and Family Studies Department, said while there are many obstacles that minorities face in accessing mental health treatment, there are a few major issues that stand out.
Several studies show some U.S. minority groups are more likely to be in a lower income bracket. And so the ability to pay for treatment can be a hurdle, he said, along with having a job that offers limited private insurance options.
Representation can also be an issue — a lack of diverse mental health professionals can mean a cultural or religious disconnect between a therapist and their patient. That can only worsen the trauma or ailment the patient sought treatment for in the first place, Thomas said.
Barriers in treatment access can additionally be exacerbated by where a clinic locates its office, or by any biases a therapist may hold, he said.
But being more intentional about hiring staff members from various walks of life can help close the gap, Thomas said, along with opening clinics in areas where minority population numbers are high. Even the art that hangs on the walls of a clinic can harbor significance for a client in terms of their comfortability.
The onus should also fall on individual clinicians to educate themselves about their patient’s background, he said.
“I think its necessary for the therapist to be open, non-judgmental and a human being,” Thomas said. “I tell my students that when a client walks into the room — that is not the time to figure out why the client is uncomfortable.”
After national search, Strafel receives unanimous endorsement for top role at the rapidly growing health sciences company
VANCOUVER, Wash., July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Molecular Testing Labs, a mission-driven, innovative health sciences company specializing in clinical diagnostics, announced they have chosen Eric Strafel as their CEO. Strafel has more than 25 years of experience building forward-thinking teams and scaling innovative technologies in startups through Fortune 50 companies. Previously, Strafel served as President and CEO of Aviall, creating the framework for the company's 20/20 vision for future growth, resulting in three consecutive years of 20% growth and growing annual revenues to more than $5 billion during his tenure.
"Molecular Testing Labs is one of the most innovative health science companies in the industry and I'm proud to join their leadership team as CEO," said Eric Strafel. "The future of healthcare is rooted in expanding access to care. Molecular's proprietary self-collection solutions coupled with clinical processing and digital framework are key to securing quality, affordable healthcare for all communities who have limited access to testing and treatment. I've long been committed to creating opportunities for underserved communities and I'm excited to join Molecular Testing Labs to grow them into the most impactful lab in the US."
In addition to holding C-suite positions in Fortune 50 companies and serving as CEO of Aviall, Strafel is also the founder of SUMMi7, a consultancy focused on helping businesses and teams with inclusion and sustainability built into their DNA to grow together in pursuit of a higher purpose. Prior to being tapped for CEO, Strafel completed a successful series of advisory engagements with the leadership team to establish a forward-looking growth strategy.
"Molecular Testing Labs was founded on principles of equity in care. Our model is to identify and address barriers in testing and clinical processing that lead to poor health outcomes and address those with innovation, and I can think of no one better than Eric Strafel to lead Molecular Testing Labs," said Adam Blackwell, Co-Founder of Molecular Testing Labs. "Eric's vision and track record of growing businesses exactly like ours and his long history in economic justice and equity work make him a perfect fit for Molecular, and we are lucky to have him."About Molecular Testing Labs:
Molecular Testing Labs is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. Molecular's leaders are visionary in their approach to precision laboratory diagnostics and are committed to revolutionizing accessibility to testing via proprietary technology systems, advanced logistics, and cutting-edge research and development. They provide laboratory solutions through collaborative partnerships with payors, private healthcare institutions, universities, commercial partners, and public health organizations.
Molecular Testing Labs is a CLIA- and CAP-accredited, state-of-the-art reference laboratory that is passionate about bridging the gap and building bonds between the large communities that have access to diagnostics and the smaller underserved communities that deserve that same access. Molecular Testing Labs is pioneering distribution and specimen collection methods that open access to medical testing where geographic, financial, and stigma barriers create gaps in the delivery of healthcare.About Eric Strafel:
Eric Strafel is a seasoned executive and respected corporate thought leader. His career has been rooted in improving business and society by creating opportunities for underrepresented communities. For more than 25 years, the former corporate CEO and Fortune 50 executive has dedicated himself to building forward-thinking teams and scaling innovation to create transformational organizations that thrive in an increasingly entrepreneurial and purpose-driven world.
Previous leadership roles included Vice President of Strategy and Market Development for Boeing Global Services and President/CEO of Aviall, where he led the creation of the framework for Aviall's 20/20 vision for future growth. Prior to joining Aviall, Eric was Vice President of Supply Chain Management for L3 Communications, one of the largest defense companies in the US. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).
Eric comes to Molecular Testing Labs with years of experience as a leader in enterprise businesses. Eric is passionate about helping small and midsize companies grow profits and scale with purpose while leveraging their strengths, maintaining their values and harmonizing all of life's pursuits. He is on a mission to share collaborative leadership strategies and create opportunities for a more human-centric and inclusive planet.
Eric is the author of The Frontline CEO, which assists leaders in transforming their businesses to embrace and manage change while empowering their teams to fulfill their purpose. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University. Eric sits on the Board of Directors of FDH Aero, and previously held roles on the Texas Diversity Council and the Irving Chamber of Commerce. He is an active and engaged father and husband living in Texas with his wife and three children. Eric enjoys the outdoors, staying fit and maintaining a wellness mindset. A world traveler with a global perspective, he has traveled across six continents both personally and professionally.
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HAMILTON, Ontario, July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (TSXV:RHT or OTC:RQHTF or WKN:A2AJTB) (“Reliq” or the “Company”), a rapidly growing global healthcare technology company that develops innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market, today announced that it has signed new contracts with four Pain Management clinics in California to add at least 2,000 new patients to its platform.
“We are very excited to be welcoming four Pain Management clinics in California as new clients,” said Dr. Lisa Crossley, CEO at Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. “There are over 5 Million Medicare recipients who suffer from life-altering chronic pain. Remote monitoring of symptoms and management of pain medications and underlying chronic conditions can dramatically Strengthen quality of life for chronic pain patients. Proactive management of chronic pain can also reduce the risk of addiction to pain medication and the resulting costs to the healthcare system. The new iUGO Care Pain Management module allows clinicians to provide critical support and services to patients living with chronic pain and further expands Reliq’s addressable patient population to over 60 Million eligible patients. These four clinics are expected to add over 2,000 patients to our platform in the next nine months at an average revenue of $50 per patient per month at 75% gross margin. Onboarding of these patients is expected to begin next month.”
Reliq Health Technologies is a rapidly growing global healthcare technology company that specializes in developing innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market. Reliq’s powerful iUGO Care platform supports care coordination and community-based virtual healthcare. iUGO Care allows complex patients to receive high quality care at home, improving health outcomes, enhancing quality of life for patients and families and reducing the cost of care delivery. iUGO Care provides real-time access to remote patient monitoring data, allowing for timely interventions by the care team to prevent costly hospital readmissions and ER visits. Reliq Health Technologies trades on the TSX Venture under the symbol RHT, on the OTC as RQHTF and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the WKN: A2AJTB.
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This new solution from Predict Health and Rex Wallace Consulting helps Medicare Advantage plans better engage Dual-Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) members, meet the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements and Strengthen their market competitiveness
ARLINGTON, Va., August 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Predict Health, an innovative leader in building and maintaining Medicare member communities, in partnership with Rex Wallace Consulting, LLC (RWC), announced a new offering to help D-SNPs sustain a high-quality Enrollee Advisory Committee process for Medicare Advantage members.
Leading health plans are implementing streamlined processes to meet new CMS requirements to include enrollees in plan governance while improving plan performance. The requirement will become effective January 1, 2023. CMS estimates plans will spend $1 million on average to launch, manage and comply.
"Payers are committed to advancing care outcomes for their Medicare Advantage members consistent with CMS' requirements," said Predict Health CEO Shub Debgupta. "We have joined with leading carriers to deliver a proven approach to launch Enrollee Advisory Committees and drive plan performance. Our partnerships leverage a proven ability to identify, engage and reach varied Medicare members across any state, including hard-to-reach populations."
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"We are working with D-SNPs using a proven methodology to ensure the successful planning and implementation of the Enrollee Advisory Committees to meet plan goals," said RWC founder Rex Wallace. "Meeting CMS mandates will be a heavy lift that will further distinguish leading health plans. Predict Health is an innovative leader in building and maintaining Medicare member communities using a data-driven approach to recruit, engage, and Strengthen member experience and retention. Together, we are answering the demand for a program built on a consistent record of translating member insights into actionable plan insights."
Enrollee Advisory Committee participants assist in reviewing health plan processes, programs, and plan design so plan leaders can continue to Strengthen the member experience. Both members and caregivers are recruited to be part of this program.
"We are proud to work with RWC as leading experts in driving Stars, plan governance and member experience improvements at Medicare Advantage and dual plans," said Jeffrey Sopko of Predict Health. "We are bringing expertise achieving significant improvements in Star Ratings, member experience, and member retention."
About Rex Wallace Consulting, LLC
Rex Wallace Consulting, LLC works with health plans to create cultures of quality. Results are achieved through member, provider, employee engagement and operational excellence. Founder Rex Wallace brings deep expertise advancing Medicare Advantage plan performance, resulting in improved outcomes, experiences, and quality of life for members. Wallace is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and former Vice President, Integrated Member Experience at Cambia Health Solutions. Previous to this he served in leadership roles with Universal American, CIGNA, Marsh, Aon, and Wal-Mart's health benefits program.
About Predict Health
Predict Health is a deep technology analytics company that is transforming how U.S. seniors navigate and manage their healthcare experience with Medicare. Predict Health helps Medicare plans Strengthen the member experience, grow their membership, retain and serve members longer. The company uses artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced data analytics to help insurers and their partners create high-value Medicare plans, Strengthen Stars quality, attract and retain the best members, and create engaging member experiences that meet the needs of the increasingly technologically savvy and independent senior population. Predict Health also helps Medicare consumers get the most out of their coverage experience through the Wiser Medicare community and resources. Predict Health works with Medicare plans and their partners to help them better serve Medicare consumers and grow smartly. For more information, please contact Jeff.Sopko@PredictHealth.ai, visit our web page at www.predicthealth.ai and follow us via LinkedIn.
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TAMPA BAY, Fla., (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Gale Healthcare Solutions (Gale), the leading healthcare staffing platform designed to address one of the nation’s most serious problems – the shortage of nurses to provide quality care, has hired Kan Kotecha as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Kotecha will lead the company’s efforts to create enhanced experiences for the growing number of healthcare providers and nursing professionals who are choosing Gale to meet scheduling, pay and other important needs.
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Kotecha brings tremendous knowledge and experience in building products, scaling organizations, overseeing digital transformation, managing teams globally, and serving as a leader in the technology space.
“The opportunity to use my experience to help elevate an already phenomenal tech platform, combined with supporting such an important mission of ensuring no person goes without care is an opportunity I am really excited about,” said Kan Kotecha, Gale’s new Chief Technology Officer.
Gale was founded and designed to address the national nursing shortage by connecting nursing professionals directly to healthcare facilities in need of clinical staff. Since the company’s inception six years ago, Gale has grown into the leading connection platform for nurses and healthcare facilities, attracting more than 50,000 nursing professionals to serve healthcare providers in 39 states.
“We are truly fortunate to have someone with Kan’s experience join our team as we continue to push the boundaries in developing technology that connects nurses directly with healthcare facilities,” said Tony Braswell, Gale Healthcare Solutions Chief Executive Officer. “With the addition of Kan, Gale will continue to transform the healthcare staffing sector by implementing a vision designed to enhance the technology supporting the nurses and healthcare facilities using our platform.”
Kotecha’s responsibilities will focus on all aspects of the technology platform, in particular implementation of AI and ML to unlock new opportunities for clinicians, ensuring they get the services and recognition they deserve and providing new management insights for healthcare providers. Kotecha also will ensure that the platform continues to meet the highest levels of cyber-security in order to protect user data.
With the addition of Kotecha to Gale’s leadership team, Tim Roda will move from his role as CTO to the newly created role of Chief Innovation Officer (CINO). Roda, who has been with Gale since the company’s inception, will leverage his deep domain knowledge and experience of working across the company to lead both Enterprise Program Management and innovations that allow expansion into new markets and commercial opportunities.
Prior to his role at Google where he held the position of Vice President in Engineering, Kotecha served as CTO of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where he focused on completing a large-scale integration of Smith Barney with Morgan Stanley’s wealth management platform.
In addition to Kotecha’s work with Gale, he serves as Board Vice-Chair for Special Olympics New York, and sits on the Board of Directors for BluCora Inc., a financial and tax solutions provider.
About Gale Healthcare Solutions
Gale Healthcare Solutions is a leading technology-enabled healthcare services and payments platform that provides per diem, contract, and travel temporary staffing services and software licensing services in post-acute and acute healthcare settings. Designed to address the national nursing shortage, the mobile and web-based Gale app connects nursing professionals directly to healthcare facilities in need of clinical staff, and provides caregivers with daily pay. Gale workforce management solutions include recruiting, credentialing, scheduling, time and attendance, communications, and pay. Based in Tampa, Gale offers a national clinical workforce of 50,000 clinicians and serves clients in 39 states. For more information, please visit galehealthcaresolutions.com and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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