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Helping Employees Cope With Workplace Trauma



July 2017

HMC HealthWorks offers a critical look into work-related traumatic stress in an article written by CEO and Founder, Dr. Janis DiMonaco, and senior clinicians Jane Wolfe, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, and Suzanne Smolkin, Vice President of Behavioral Health.  "Helping Employees Cope with Workplace Trauma", appeared in Benefits Magazine, the trade publication available to members of the International Association of Employee Benefits Plans (

With our organization's commitment toward the improvement in population health, we point out that employers may not be able to prevent work-related traumatic stress among employees, but through responses including critical incident stress debriefing, or CISD, options are available.

To learn how to help employees cope with workplace trauma, learn more from the article link below.

Helping Employees Cope With Workplace Trauma

Reproduced with permission from Benefits Magazine, Volume 54 Number 7, pages 48-52, July 2017, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (, Brookfield, Wisconsin. All rights reserved. Statements or opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or positions of the International Foundation, its officers, directors or staff. No further transmission or electronic distribution of this material is permitted. Subscriptions are available for purchase by contacting us at 888-334-3327, option 4 or

Staci DeFazio

SVP, Marketing & Communications

860.697.6960 x403

HMC HealthWorks Selects Medecision and Its Suite of Aerial Applications



October 18, 2017

Dallas, TX – October 18, 2017 – HMC HealthWorks, 40-year veteran in healthcare management, and Medecision, the leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, announced HMC HealthWorks has selected Medecision and its suite of Aerial applications for new, automated clinical workflows, including utilization management, which will significantly enhance the care of HMC HealthWorks’ participants and plan sponsors and improve operational efficiencies.

Targeting meaningful behavior change through patient-centered care management workflows will help HMC HealthWorks strengthen clinical integration across its network, particularly between its behavioral health and disease management business lines. HMC HealthWorks will deploy a comprehensive care plan for individual members, allowing care teams to more quickly identify costly occurrences and adjust care plans.

“Medecision’s experience helping health plans manage risk, especially their best practices in utilization management and a clinically integrated platform, will be invaluable for our participants and plan sponsors. The data analytics and outcome reporting will enhance HMC’s ability to identify key health issues and areas of cost improvement for our clients,” said Dr. Janis DiMonaco, President and CEO of HMC HealthWorks. “Because our clients must balance improving patient engagement and an individual’s health with lowering healthcare costs, Medecision’s automated processes can help streamline workflows to create operational efficiencies that drive employer and participant satisfaction.”

As part of the partnership, HMC HealthWorks will deploy a number of Aerial applications, including the following:

Aerial™ Insights, which supports all Aerial applications with powerful intelligence and analytics. Aerial’s big data platform and enterprise data warehouse provide the longitudinal, person-centric knowledge base required for personalized care and population health management, as well as the insights on behavioral, physical and clinical dimensions that drive targeted workflow for optimal interventions, care plans and engagement. Advanced Population Analytics, which predicts risk and directs interventions to avoid costly occurrences through analytics, risk models, visualizations and reporting.

Financial Performance Dashboards, which provide actionable intelligence to make rapid and critical decisions in utilization, prescribing and dispensing, and population stratification.

Care Management (CM/DM/UM), a rules-based, automated workflow solution that applies accredited clinical content to the development of the most appropriate interventions and plans of care for each individual member or patient.

Clinical Programs, which use evidence-based medical standards to enable care managers and members to collaborate on the most appropriate care decisions.
Correspondence management to meet notification standards.

Health Summary™, the most powerful, complete and actionable personal health record available. The Aerial Health Summary empowers members and their care teams with a single comprehensive view of the patient’s medical care plan, risks, gaps and an up-to-the-minute care view.

“We are thrilled to welcome HMC HealthWorks to our community of progressive pioneers, and we’re particularly excited by their focus on members’ health and well-being, integrating behavioral and medical care management,” said Deborah Gage, President and CEO at Medecision. “Every Aerial application—and the powerful Insights platform from which each draws actionable insights—helps these important stakeholders thrive in population health management and value-based care.”

Dr. DiMonaco stated, “All of us at HMC are very excited and pleased to have this powerful platform that optimizes the full suite of medical management population health offerings provided by HMC and look forward to launching all that Medecision has to offer.”

This immediately follows Medecision’s announcement of acquiring AxisPoint Health’s platform business, which made Medecision the largest independent provider of care management platforms and applications in the United States, supporting the nation’s leading health plans and care delivery organizations.

About HMC HealthWorks
HMC HealthWorks, the premier national provider of population healthcare management programs, offers plan sponsors value-added programs including Integrated Clinical Solutions, Chronic Care Management, Behavioral Health Solutions, Wellness/Lifestyle Coaching and Care Coordination.


Mental Health Assumptions: What You Need to Know

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By Suzanne Smolkin, Vice President, Behavioral Health

In trying to make sense of the recent tragedies in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada, many people make assumptions about mental illness and those struggling with mental illness.

In particular, beliefs that people with mental illness are dangerous and unpredictable abound. The American Journal of Public Health reports that after a mass shooting, people tend to believe mental illness is the reason for these violent acts and that most people with mental illness are violent.

The beliefs that most mass shootings are committed by someone diagnosed with a mental illness and that most people with a mental illness are violent are both inaccurate. In the U.S. alone, almost 50 million people suffer from a mental illness1. Yet the rate of violence among those individuals is minimal. In fact, only three to five percent of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious illness, as reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, fewer than five percent of the 120,000 gun-related killings in the United States between 2001 and 2010 were perpetrated by people diagnosed with a mental illness.

Not only are the beliefs that most of these tragedies are perpetrated by someone with a mental illness, and that most people with mental illness are violent, inaccurate, but they can cause significant harm by contributing to the stigma and discrimination already surrounding mental illness and those who suffer with mental illness. In turn, this stigma and often overt discrimination serves to deter many people who could benefit from mental health treatment from seeking that treatment. Of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from mental health conditions, the vast majority do not receive any form of care, and stigma is a major factor contributing to that unmet need.

It is critical that in our efforts to understand these horrific acts we avoid mistakenly placing blame on a group that already suffers significant stigmatization and discrimination. There is still much work to be done, but education, support, tolerance and understanding can help us pave the way.

1 Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2015, from

Staci DeFazio

SVP, Marketing & Communications

860.697.6960 x403

Not All Drug Treatment Centers Are Created Equal

cost of drug treatment



Corruption and abuse in the substance abuse treatment center industry is on the rise.

Many substance abuse treatment centers are taking advantage of individuals and families who need help during crises. Because of federal loopholes and little regulation, some drug treatment centers bill insurance companies for millions of dollars’ worth of counseling and drug testing without helping those struggling with addiction to recover.

And while many good drug rehab facilities exist, individuals and families need guidance on what to look for and questions to ask before someone seeks treatment for drug abuse.

  • Be aware of generic websites or advertisements. The goal of these advertisements is collecting personal information without disclosing their identities.
  • If a treatment facility offers to pay out-of-state travel or waive payments, it may indicate fraudulent billing practices are underway. Look for a fully-licensed and accredited facility.
  • Ask if the person you’ve contacted receives fees for referrals to the facility. If so, it could mean he or she is a broker who is paid to get you into a particular treatment center, no matter the quality of care.
  • You want to ask key questions when contacting a treatment center. Find out if the facility is in network and whether the program is licensed by the state in which it is located and accredited by a reputable accreditation agency, such as CARF or the Joint Commission.

To receive a free copy of key questions to ask and learn more about HMC HealthWorks Behavioral Health Programs, click here.

Staci DeFazio

SVP, Marketing & Communications

860.697.6960 x403