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August 16
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Meet Mental Health Parity Challenges Head On

Mental health parity has been the law since 2010 and the 2020 omnibus spending bill included new obligations for health plans to prove that they are equitably treating mental health and medical/surgical claims. In this webinar, URAC leaders explain how non-compliance with parity regulations can be costly and how URAC’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Accreditation can help ensure your members, partners, and providers that your organization recognizes the importance of compliance with federal and state regulations.

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Speaker Bios

Robin Adams, MBA, MARobin Adams, MBA, MA

Robin Adams brings two decades of experience working in pediatric academic and community-based health systems developing strategic plans and leading multi-disciplinary teams. At Children’s National Health System, she was responsible for the plan that introduced the population health-based strategy supporting the development of Children’s regional outpatient center strategy to facilitate access for the Washington, DC metro area. At INOVA, Adams served as chief growth officer and was a member of a system-wide cross-functional team that developed the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute, INOVA Spine Institute, INOVA Breast Care Institute and the INOVA Neurosciences Institute. At Sentara Healthcare, she supported the system-wide effort to grow Sentara throughout Virginia. She received an MA in Finance from Cornell University and her MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She serves as adjunct faculty at George Mason University in the School of Health Administration and Policy.

Kevin Malone, JDKevin Malone, JD

Kevin J. Malone is a Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green and a Strategic Advisor in the firm’s affiliated consulting practice EBG Advisors. Mr. Malone provides regulatory and strategic guidance related to health care financing law and policy at both the federal and state levels, with a particular focus on Medicaid, Medicare, behavioral health, long-term care, and managed care. He joined Epstein Becker Green in 2016 after six years in health care financing policy roles at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most recently with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Mr. Malone received his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is admitted to practice law in Washington D.C., Massachusetts, and New York.

Roger KatholRoger Kathol

Roger Kathol, one of the Managers of Cartesian Solutions, LLC, is a health consultant who works with co-owners and partners in assisting hospitals and clinics, health plans, employers, government agencies, and case management vendors develop value-based integrated programs for general medical and psychiatric patients, and especially those with health complexity. Dr. Kathol is board certified in internal medicine, psychiatry, and medical management with extensive experience gained during 22 years as an academic physician, teacher, and researcher; 3 years as a health plan medical director; and 20 years as an international health complexity, integrated care, and case management consultant. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has written or edited more than 10 books. He is a current member of URAC’s Board of Directors.

De’Anna HardinDe’Anna Hardin

De’Anna Hardin is URAC’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH/SUD) Parity Initiative Lead and orchestrates outreach efforts for URAC’s Parity Compliance Program, including Parity Manager, and MH/SUD Parity Accreditation. De’Anna has over 19 years of industry experience, including nine years in health care with a portfolio mix within several regulatory bodies for code compliance specifically related to health care accreditation, health care engineering, critical environments, infection prevention control, and life safety. De’Anna graduated cum laude from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.