Fighting America’s Opioid Epidemic with Predictive Analytics

  • December 04, 2019
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
  • online

Addressing America’s opioid epidemic requires a multi-faceted approach with clinicians, policymakers, and health insurance providers all playing a role. The goal is to prevent opioid misuse and treat signs of dependence early, but health insurance providers may struggle to quickly find and support high-risk members. Another challenge is deploying multi-modal, integrated engagement programs to meet these members’ needs.

This session will focus on predictive data analytics and how it can help health insurance providers combat the opioid crisis by identifying risk in the population early and intervening effectively. Industry experts will also discuss how to leverage the power of member-level analytics and engagement programs in “rising-risk” populations to comprehensively address opioid abuse early, before misuse and addiction occur.

Attendees will learn: 

  • How health insurance providers can combat the opioid crisis by using predictive analytics to identify risk early and intervene effectively
  • How to leverage member-level analytics and engagement programs in “risking risk” populations to comprehensively address opioid abuse early, before misuse and addiction occur


Gary Call, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Gary has more than 25 years of experience in the practice of medicine and managed care. Prior to coming to HMS, he most recently served as the Corporate Vice President of Clinical Programs at Molina Healthcare.

His duties as the Chief Medical Officer include collaboration with HMS customers, and leadership of clinical program development and execution.

Gary graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Utah. He is a board certified family physician.

Ellen Harrison, RN, MBA
VP, Operations & Market Strategy – Population Health Management

Ellen Harrison, RN, MBA is the Vice President of Operations & Market Strategy at HMS, where she’s focused on the company’s Population Health Management product portfolio.

She brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, managed care operations and consulting experience with demonstrated results leading teams to build and redesign health care solutions, provider incentive systems and developing successful quality, cost and utilization improvement programs for commercial, government and senior populations.

A results-driven healthcare professional, Ellen has extensive leadership, communication, problem-solving and analytic skills, as well as a proven ability to successfully lead change and manage complex systems with multiple stakeholders.

Her experience includes professional consulting engagements including acting-COO of Portland-based Network for Healthcare Improvement, a grant-funded member organization that facilitates regional quality improvement programs across the country through private and government funding. Previously, Ellen also served as Vice President of Medical Management for Martin’s Point Health Care, where she directed care management, quality improvement and provider network strategy and contracting for Tricare and Medicare Advantage products and coordinated integrated population health management resources for the MPHC medical practices. During her tenure, Martin’s Point achieved NCQA accreditation and a Medicare Advantage 5 Star rating for two consecutive years. Other senior roles include VP of Shared Decision Making Products at a national disease management firm, Sr. Vice President of HMOs for Trigon Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Virginia and Vice President and General Manager for CIGNA Healthcare of Connecticut.

Ellen is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Syracuse University, and an MBA with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Connecticut.