Chronic health conditions cost the United States economy over $1 trillion in lost productivity and account for as much as 90% of America’s $3.8 trillion annual health care costs. People with diabetes and behavioral health issues cost two to three times as much as those with diabetes alone. During the current mental health crisis, the need to address chronic physical and behavioral health challenges has become more apparent than ever. However, most health solutions today can only address a single health condition, not the whole person. Research shows that integrating digital apps into clinical practice using clinical pathways is an effective way to extend evidence-based care, addressing all acuity levels across the full spectrum through personalized engagement.
During this webinar, Hossam Mahmoud, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Behavioral Health at Regence and Julia Hoffman, PsyD, Vice President, Mental Health Strategy, Teladoc Health will discuss the shifting approach to mental health care and why it’s important for health insurance providers to:
1. Meet consumer demand for personalized interactions
2. Use data to spot need and drive intelligent interactions
3. Enable integrated, whole-person mental health care
Hossam Mahmoud, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Behavioral Health
Dr. Mahmoud, a board-Certified psychiatrist, is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Regence. In this role, Dr. Mahmoud provides medical leadership, strategic direction, and clinical oversight for behavioral health services across all lines of business within the health plan.
Prior to joining Regence, Dr. Mahmoud was the Medical Director and Senior Vice President at Array Behavioral Care, a national telehealth organization, focusing on expanding access to behavioral health services across the country.
Dr. Mahmoud is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois Psychiatric Society and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He earned his Medical Degree and Master of Public Health at the American University of Beirut and worked as a Medical Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) before completing his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Mahmoud holds an academic appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine and has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and consultation/liaison psychiatry and telepsychiatry. He is passionate about increasing access to behavioral health services nationally.
Julia Hoffman, PsyD
Vice President, Mental Health Strategy
In her current role at Teladoc Health, Dr. Hoffman is responsible for building evidence-based programs that offer a personalized approach to a full spectrum of behavioral health across challenges. Previously, Dr. Hoffman served as national director of mobile health for mental health and suicide prevention at the Department of Veterans Affairs where she oversaw the development of over 40 technology-based behavioral health tools. Dr. Hoffman was featured as one of the Top 25 Emerging Leaders – 2019 in Modern Healthcare.