An individual’s combined mental and physical health form the basis of their overall health, yet there has historically been limited coordination between behavioral health and medical health efforts. Primary care providers will often refer an individual suspected of having mental illness to a mental health professional, but they are often unable to offer support beyond that due to practice scope limitations. Health insurance companies can do more but may not discover that a member requires additional assistance until much later. The responsibility often falls to the patient to determine that the recommended mental health practitioner is a good fit and covered by their insurance, which can be exponentially more difficult depending on the severity of the patient’s illness.

In this webinar, you will learn how industry leaders UPMC, Quartet Health, and VirtualHealth are leading the charge in using a whole person care approach to simultaneously address both physical and mental health. Find out how combining the right approach with the right technology can help reduce readmissions to both the ER and inpatient Behavioral Health facilities, reducing payers’ utilization rates and improving outcomes.

Featured Speakers

James Schuster, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Medical Services
UPMC Insurance Services Division

James Schuster, MD, MBA is the Associate Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Medical and Behavioral Services for the UPMC Insurance Services Division.  In this role, he provides medical leadership of the Medicaid and Special Needs plans as well as integrated medical and behavioral services. He is also responsible for oversight of the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care.

Dr. Schuster has served in key clinical leadership roles at Community Care Behavioral Health Organization and UPMC Health Plan for over two decades. He has also led teams at the UPMC Center for High Value Healthcare that have secured several awards from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and other funders focused on integrated care, shared decision making, and medication-assisted treatment.

Dr. Schuster completed his medical education at the University of Louisville, his residency in psychiatry and MBA at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified in psychiatry and in the subspecialties of geriatric psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.

Robert Accordino, MD, MSc

Chief Mental Health Officer
Quartet Health

Robert Accordino, a physician executive, is the Chief Mental Health Officer at Quartet. Robert continues to practice pediatric and adult psychiatry and is on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Prior to Quartet, Robert served as Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at CareMore Health System. Prior to CareMore, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Fellowship, a non-partisan program founded in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson to foster public service and leadership development. In this capacity, he advised the Secretaries of Defense of the Obama and Trump Administrations on health care delivery for service members and their families. For this work, Robert received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. In 2007, as a first-year medical student, Dr. Accordino founded the nonprofit organization Music for Autism, serving as executive director and leading the charity’s fully-subsidized programs’ national expansion. Robert received an A.B. from Princeton University; an M.Sc. in Psychology from Oxford University supported by a Fulbright Scholarship; and an M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed an internship in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, a residency in General Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Adam Sabloff

Chief Executive Officer and Founder
VirtualHealth

A graduate of Emory University, Adam served as VP of Development and Chief Marketing Officer for Midtown Equities, a $7 billion real estate, media, and aviation conglomerate, where he also oversaw its technology subsidiary, Midtown Technologies. While at Midtown, Adam spearheaded the development of the first-ever “The Ritz-Carlton Residences” in Baltimore, a concept he co-created with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Through his work, Adam recognized that seniors and the chronically ill residing in Midtown’s numerous developments could benefit greatly from next-generation care delivery and technology that would make the home an organic extension of the healthcare continuum. After losing a loved one to a late-stage diagnosis, Adam launched VirtualHealth to pursue this vision.



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