Category: Behavioral Health Influencers

July 17, 2017

April Razo is a force to be reckoned with. Each team she is part of, she changes for the better. She is constantly optimizing, looking for more efficient and effective ways to take care of her clients. As CEO of Spectrum, Ms. Razo uses her business savvy to optimize the integration of physical and behavioral…
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May 23, 2017

Dr. Candace Hodgkins has spearheaded many changes in behavioral healthcare, both in her agency and in her state. For the past 20 years, she has worked at Gateway in Jacksonville, Florida, promoting and creating changes where she saw fit. She is now CEO of the agency and making changes at the state level. We were…
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March 28, 2017

Rob Runquist M.B.A, is the CEO of CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness, one of the largest behavioral health organizations in central Kansas. He runs CrossWinds in the gentle balance between providing high quality, compassionate care and doing so in a lean and efficient way. Mr. Runquist’s business and financial savvy have earned him a reputation for…
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February 20, 2017

Though too humble to say so himself, Joseph Bona, MD, MBA is the embodiment of the future of behavioral healthcare. As chief executive officer and former long-standing chief medical officer of DeKalb Community Service Board, one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in Georgia, Bona has direct insight into both the correlation between physical and…
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February 7, 2017

It’s virtually impossible to keep your finger on the pulse of behavioral health innovators without meeting Don Savoie. Don began his career in technology before realizing his true calling in behavioral health, and became a key player in the behavioral healthcare technology movement. Valant had the distinct honor of chatting with Don Savoie to talk…
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December 14, 2015

Community behavioral health centers are discovering Valant out of a growing frustration with hard-coded EHR software solutions. Amidst the ever-changing nature of healthcare regulation, legacy software systems simply aren’t keeping pace. How is Valant challenging the status quo of EHR? Valant CEO David Lischner, MD explains the platform approach in this brief interview. Find out…
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September 23, 2015

Industry veteran and skeptic asks Valant’s CEO the hard questions. Rick Weaver, CEO of Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health and Co-CEO of Behavioral Health Northwest is an industry veteran. Rick has certainly heard his share of pitches that made big claims but fell short—especially from healthcare software vendors. Now, he is curious how the Valant…
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August 6, 2015

We sat down with David Lischner, Valant’s CEO, to understand why he is so excited about the future of care management and the possibilities open to behavioral health and human services organizations. A few coffees and questions later, this is what he had to say: So what is “care management”? When I say care management,…
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April 1, 2014

As deadlines for adopting electronic health records (EHR) approach, physicians, administrators, and other medical stakeholders are debating what impact EHRs should, can, and will have on the medical practice. No one agrees on any single outcome, but all agree that there are many pitfalls associated with the adoption and use of EHRs. Here are the…
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March 28, 2014

Our office has been inundated with questions regarding the State Innovation Model Grant. We have compiled some information for our providers and have included Valant as one of our recommended EHRs to behavioral health organizations applying for this funding. The State Innovation Models Initiative will be awarding up to $300 million to participating states and…
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