The OPEN MINDS Crisis Management Executive Blueprint Series

May 5, 2020, 1-3 pm eastern (presentation followed by Q&A)

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Prior to March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges into our daily lives, the use of telehealth for treating children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was limited to supervision conducted by the Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) overseeing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician duties. That was then, this is now.

In this web briefing, you’ll hear from two autism service provider organizations that made a transition to HIPAA-secure virtual services. These organizations are collecting data and expanding our understanding about the effectiveness of virtual services using industry-standard outcome tools and parent/caregiver response. Mordechai Meisels, chief executive officer (CEO) of Encore Support Services based in Brooklyn, New York with locations in neighboring New Jersey, responded rapidly to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, leveraging technology supports, and parent/caregiver training tools. He simultaneously overcame staffing and other obstacles to operating an autism program in the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic. Colin Davitian, CEO and co-founder of Gateway Learning Group with locations in California, Colorado, and Oregon, also pivoted to virtual services while continuing to collect outcome data to determine the impact of this new modality on treatment efficacy. Both provider organizations will share guidelines used to educate parents, recommendations for staff training, and other best practices and lessons learned in their successful transition to virtual services.

To round out the webinar panel, Yagnesh Vadgama, vice president of clinical care services and autism at Magellan Health, will offer the payer viewpoint regarding this shift to delivery of virtual autism services and anticipated payer and regulatory response post COVID-19.


Featured Speakers

Deb Adler, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS

Deb Adler brings more than 20 years of experience in executive health care roles, serving in a variety of capacities including, network executive, quality management executive, and chief operating officer, to the OPEN MINDS team.

Her consultant work with OPEN MINDS spans a broad range of customers (provider organizations, payors, and government programs) and topics, including collaborative care models/medical behavioral integration, provider network functions– contracting, network designs/tiering, recruitment, telehealth network implementation, and strategic planning. In addition, Ms. Adler has a special interest in helping technology-enabled providers in “go-to-market” strategize and streamline network functions.

Colin Davitian, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Learning Group

Colin Davitian is the CEO of Gateway Learning Group, a provider of ABA services to people with autism across California, Oregon and Colorado.
Colin began his career in the technology industry, holding roles as a product manager, investment banker and venture capitalist. Colin has been part of Gateway 2005, co-founding the company with his wife Melissa Willa, who now serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Gateway. Colin’s role with Gateway has evolved over time, beginning with a focus on managing technology and operations, and growing into a role overseeing all aspects of the business.

Mordechai Meisels, Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, Encore Support Services

Mordechai Meisels is the Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of Encore Support Services, a leading provider in ABA therapy and special education services. Under his leadership, Encore quickly expanded across state lines, servicing thousands of children in the Tri-State area.
Mordechai’s vast expertise in the behavioral health industry inspired him to fill a critical void with the founding of Hadran Academy, a high school for high functioning autistic youth. In true visionary form, Mordechai combined his background as an expert clinician and passion for technology with the creation of Chorus Software Solutions. As the Founder and CEO of Chorus, Mordechai is committed to creating innovative technology to empower care teams, increase operational efficiency, and ultimately impacting quality of care.

Yagnesh Vadgama, Vice President of Clinical Care Services - Autism, Magellan Health

Yagnesh Vadgama is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 16 years’ experience in ABA. For the last five years, Mr. Vadgama has worked for Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
Currently, with Magellan Health, he is the Vice President of Clinical Care Services – Autism. In this position, he oversees the ABA product for Magellan nationwide, which includes over 15 million members with the ABA benefit and 10,000 members receiving ABA services. Mr. Vadgama’s department oversees commercial, Medicaid, employer, and federal health plans and is in 35 of 50 states. His team focuses on Utilization Management and the application of ABA as a medically necessary treatment for individuals on the autism spectrum.

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