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July 27, 2017 – Free Executive Web Briefing Sponsored By Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.s Frameworks In Health & Quality Program

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is estimated to affect over 16% of the U.S. population over the course of their lifetime.1 It is often co-occurring with chronic medical conditions like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as with other mental illnesses such as anxiety and substance use disorders. 2, 3 Treating MDD with a collaborative approach has been shown to improve care quality and outcomes, and to reduce costs.4,5,6

Join Heidi Waters, PhD, Director of Outcomes Management at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. and a co-presenter on July 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET to hear about the Frameworks In Health & Quality disease management program focusing on collaborative care for MDD. Faculty will also explore statistics of MDD, and how to use a collaborative approach in treating MDD.


During this 90-minute web briefing, attendees will:

  • Understand the impact of MDD on consumer’s lives and their use of health care resources
  • Explore ‘best practice’ collaborative approaches to supporting consumers MDD –and how these approaches may improve care quality and outcomes
  • Participate in a discussion with our co-presenters on their experience addressing the needs of consumers


The co-presenter is a paid consultant of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

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2. Gelenberg AJ, Freeman MP, Markowitz JC, et al, for the Work Group on Major Depressive Disorder, American Psychiatric Association. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder. II. Formulation and Implementation of a Treatment Plan. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 2004.
3. Chapman DP, Perry GS, Strine TW. The vital link between chronic disease and depressive disorders. Prev Chronic Dis. 2005;2(1):1-10.
4. Butler M, Kane RL, McAlpine D, et al. Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care. Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 173. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2008.
5. Katon W, von Korff M, Lin E, et al. Collaborative management to achieve treatment guidelines: impact on depression in primary care. JAMA. 1995;273;13:1026-1031.
6. Unützer J, Harbin H, Schoenbaum M, Druss B. The Collaborative Care Model: An Approach for Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care in Medicaid Health Homes. Hamilton, NJ: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Health Care Strategies and Mathematica Policy Research; May 2013

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Featured Speakers

Heidi C. Waters, MBA, PhD, Director of Outcomes Management at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Heidi Waters currently serves as Director of Outcomes Management/Health Outcomes at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.  In that role, she partners with payers and providers to develop unbranded health services research to improve the process of care and optimize outcomes for consumers with serious mental illness and other conditions that Otsuka products help treat.  Prior to joining Otsuka, Heidi worked for Ethicon as Global Franchise Director, Health Economics and Director, Health Economics for Centicor Ortho Biotech, both Johnson & Johnson companies.  Heidi also has experience working in drug safety, both at J&J and Wyeth. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Heidi served as Quality Improvement Director for Magellan Behavioral Health, where she was responsible for conducting quality improvement initiatives, developing preventive health programs, and trending utilization data for both Medicaid and commercial lines of business.

Heidi has a PhD in Health Services from Walden University, a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from LaSalle.  Heidi’s dissertation research focused on integrated care for consumers with serious mental illness.

Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Annie Medina, MBA, ACNP-BC, brings over ten years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team. Her expertise spans both clinical and operational functions and is focused in business operations, strategic planning, project management, training and curriculum development, and policy and procedure design. Ms. Medina currently serves as a Senior Associate at OPEN MINDS. In addition to her work with OPEN MINDS, Ms. Medina is a Hospice Nurse Practitioner for Crater Community Hospice.

Prior to joining the OPEN MINDS team, Ms. Medina was the Chief Operating Officer for Poplar Springs Hospital, a member of Universal Health Services, based in Petersburg, Virginia. In this role, she was responsible for performance improvement, policy and procedure creation, and strategy development and implementation for the hospital’s Joint Commission and CMS regulatory surveys. Prior to this role, Ms. Medina was a MBA intern for the Popular Springs CEO where she focused on business development, process improvement, training tool development and evaluation of newly offered programs.

Registration for this executive web briefing has been provided at no charge courtesy of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.’s Frameworks in Health & Quality Program

Unable to attend? Still register! At the conclusion of the event, all registrants will receive a recorded copy of the executive web briefing and presentation slides — regardless of attendance.

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