CEO Mark Redlus Makes the Case for Behavioral Health Value in New Podcast

In the latest “Race To Value” podcast, presented by Western Governors University (WGU), in collaboration with the  Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC), Tridiuum CEO Mark Redlus outlined his vision to advance the integration of behavioral health in the delivery system. Redlus spoke to Dr. Eric Weaver and Daniel Chipping of ACLC about the ways value can be realized by identifying those who need behavioral health services, improving and accelerating their access to care, and measuring outcomes.

Listen to Mark Redlus on the “Race to Value” podcast.

Redlus talked about how suicide touched his family and how the experience demonstrated to him the inadequacy of the system when it comes to accessing care. He also discussed the technologies that are supporting integration and access, such as open APIs and interoperability, as well as the future, which will include artificial intelligence and wearable technology.

Key Takeaways:

  • Digital intervention can inform better behavioral health outcomes by closing the information loop.
  • While access to behavioral health services has been an issue for a long time, the COVID-19 pandemic made access a much bigger problem.
  • Tele-behavioral health can be part of the primary care workflow, helping providers deliver comprehensive care, while easing the burden of capturing data and activating follow-up.
  • Patients who have a chronic disease have a higher frequency of behavioral health comorbidities, and treating comorbidities for those with end-stage renal disease can produce a savings of 60-80 percent in total costs.
  • Providers can’t own value-based care without the behavioral health component.
  • Employers have a role to play in overall well-being, but often only the largest employers have the scale to take advantage of behavioral health programs.
  • It’s only when providers take on risk that they’re able to really focus on wellness with technology as the enabling factor.