Webinar: Facing Behavioral Health/Substance Use Disorder Challenges in Individuals with Chronic Illness (May 15)

Facing Behavioral Health/Substance Use Disorder Challenges in Individuals with Chronic Illness


Kathy Smith, PhD

Chief Operating Officer
Blaze Advisors, LLC

 Mike Rhoades, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Blaze Advisors, LLC

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 ~ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Presented by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation in cooperation with the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association

In this webinar, Blaze Advisors’ CEO (Mike Rhoades) and COO (Kathy Smith, PhD) will lead an interactive discussion regarding The prevalence, detection, and response to behavioral health and substance use issues presenting in Individuals with chronic Illness.  The team will present and discuss prevalence of behavioral health illness in chronic and polychronic populations and how these un/undertreated behavioral health conditions can impact treatment adherence, compliance and patient self-care; frustrating health outcomes and inflating cost of care.  Care coordination tools, practices, and billable assessment codes will be highlighted to allow providers to better identify and respond to challenges their patients may be facing. With the industry focus on Integrated Health, don’t miss this opportunity to stay up to date on the changing landscape of care.

Link to Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1362226027944880386

This webinar is free but you must be registered to attend. Space is limited so register early!

After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

About Kathy Smith, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Blaze Advisors:

Kathy Smith, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities facing mental health, substance use, and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over the last 20 years, Kathy has worked in various settings including schools, state facilities, private practice, and community/public behavioral health. She has served as a psychologist, a Chief Clinical Officer, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer of a large community based behavioral health provider serving individuals with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. Kathy believes the larger community is part of the health and well-being of its citizens and, through partnership with state and local stakeholders, Kathy strives to treat the whole person and their support system. Through collaboration with others, she tries to impact change that allows providers to be clinically, operationally, and fiscally successful for the individuals they serve in a rapid change environment.

About Mike Rhoades, MBA, CEO, Blaze Advisors:

Mike is CEO and Founder of Blaze Advisors, a leader in strategic planning and execution of High Performance, Clinically Integrated health networks. Mike has served in a variety of executive and advisory roles including COO of a multi-state Behavioral Health IDN, CEO of ambulatory multi-specialty network, and senior executive for a 2 million life Accountable Care Organization where he architected and commercialized a cross-platform care management, analytics, and health information exchange tools for 23,000 physicians and 120 hospitals. In addition, Mike has broad industry experience serving as Managing Director in a regional private equity network for over 15 years and deep ties in the Medical Device, Digital Health, and Life Sciences verticals. Mike has led efforts to organize Clinically Integrated Networks and has assisted organizations with turnaround planning, post-M&A integration, and performance improvement. Additionally, Mike has experience in policy development, rate setting, and investigative support in matters relative to OIG, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and others. Mike blends his operational, technology, and finance experience to create practical, affordable, and high-value solutions.

About Blaze Advisors:

Blaze Advisors, LLC is a boutique healthcare consulting firm with operational expertise in developing high performance networks, clinical integration, quality reporting, and care management as well as a strategic perspective on how to align organizational resources and goals with regional, payer, and vendor interests. Recent Blaze Advisor accomplishments include the development of 700 provider “Connected Community” behavioral health network to reduce unnecessary inpatient utilization, a pneumonia readmission reduction transitional care protocol for post-acute care providers to help save 2,500 lives in North Carolina in 2018, a hospital-based transitional care management program that leverages ADT feeds to double caseloads, and the development of a laboratory analytics risk segmentation model that targets rising risk patients solely on discreet lab data, saving 36-48 months in clinical integration time before patient engagement.

Continuing education credit may be granted through your professional organization (MGMA, PAHCOM, AHIMA, etc.). Please self submit for these organizations.



More Future Events


Share this Post