Centerstone & Wellcare Executives Announced As Keynotes For The 2016 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Nov. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OPEN MINDS announced that David Guth, CEO of Centerstone of America, and Carole A. Matyas, M.S.W., Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations at Wellcare Health Plans will deliver the keynote addresses at The 2016 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute. This two-day executive education event will be held on February 11-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The 2016 Performance Management Institute is designed to provide executives of health and human service organizations serving consumers with complex needs with a roadmap to success in the new pay-for-value system. This power-packed two days will focus on the 'how to' of pay-for-performance – from pricing and contracting, to financial management, to staffing. To get an inside look at the top performance issues executives are facing, OPEN MINDS has invited two leading industry executives to give their perspectives on the winning performance strategies needed for success.

As co-founder of Centerstone, David Guth, has served as Chief Executive Officer for 24 years. Centerstone is one of the nation's largest behavioral health-focused organizations – operating in seven states with revenues in the ballpark of $186 million. Mr. Guth will open the institute with his presentation, "The Strategic Advantages & Challenges Of Mergers & Acquisitions," which will bring the hands-on perspective of building a provider organization that has the competencies and the size to succeed. With 40 years of behavioral health care experience, his knowledge and expertise span a vast assortment of areas, including the adoption of information technology in the health care industry, the integration of behavioral and primary health care, and the importance of improving the field of behavioral health through research-driven protocols. Additionally, he has consulted extensively with not-for-profits exploring mergers and with both for-profits and not-for-profits in the areas of managing growth and business development. Mr. Guth's first book on mergers entitled, "Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers," was published in 2013 (now available in second edition since 2014). He is currently working on his second book.

Opening the second day of the institute, Carole A. Matyas, M.S.W., Vice President of Behavioral Health Operations at Wellcare Health Plans, will shift the focus to the payer perspective on success. Wellcare is a publically traded managed care organization, with 3.8 million beneficiaries nationwide. In her presentation, "Navigating The Payer/Provider Relationship In An Era Of Value-Based Contracting & Integrated Care Management," Ms. Matyas will provide a payer perspective on the performance issue – and discuss Wellcare's models for managing superutilizer populations. As the Vice President of Wellcare's Behavioral Health Operations, Ms. Matyas oversees all behavioral health operations for the company, with a key focus on assuring that the organization develops a fully integrated medical/behavioral program that is centered in whole-person attention and care. She has more than 30 years of behavioral health-related experience, including 15 years in health plan operations.

In addition to the plenary presentations, the institute agenda includes a variety of sessions designed to help executives gain a competitive advantage in the new value-based system, including:

  • Market, Math & Metrics: Three Keys To Optimizing Your Strategy
  • Moving Value-Based Payment From Concept To Contract: Developing Value-Based Payment Proposals, Pricing & Contracts
  • The Keys To Successful Management Of Capitated Contracts
  • Medical Home & Health Home Accreditation – What Are The Options?
  • Transitioning Your Current Reporting & Performance-Management System From Fee-For-Service, To Pay-For-Value
  • Moving A Capitated System From Implementation To Operation: A Town Hall Discussion
  • Models For Physician Compensation & Productivity Management: How Provider Organizations Are Negotiating Clinical Staff Contracts
  • Building The Infrastructure & The Team To Manage Medical Homes & Health Homes: The OPEN MINDS Readiness Assessment
  • Reengineering Your Unit Costs – How To Reduce Your Unit Costs When Market Rates Go Down
  • Are You Really Ready For Value-Based Payment? Planning Your Move To Pay-For-Value

Additional information, including the current institute agenda, can be found online at

Discounted registration for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Institute is available through December 11, 2015. Seating is limited, and registrations will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register online or download a registration form, visit

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