GETTYSBURG, Pa. (November 7, 2021)—On December 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET, OPEN MINDS will host the Circle Elite Executive Roundtable, Getting Your Executive Talent Up To Speed for MA&A, for executives of health and human service organizations. OPEN MINDS Senior Associate Paul Duck and Centerstone Chief Executive Officer David Guth will lead this Circle Elite Executive Roundtable on factors driving the need for collaboration, including care coordination, value-based reimbursement, and ongoing complex challenges from COVID.

For specialty provider organization executive teams, the key is to be prepared to pivot when key revenue streams decrease. For many provider organizations, a “contingency plan” for financial sustainability may include mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations. What type of collaboration best suits your organization? Are you needing to reach new markets, expand existing services, or add on new services? Knowing what you’re looking for, who to get it from, and how to make the exchange mutually beneficial are all core elements to a successful collaboration.

“Whether to pursue a merger, acquisition, or some other kind of partnership is an important decision,” said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss. “That’s why an assessment of financial sustainability in the face of shifting competition for consumers and health plan contracts should drive this decision. After that, diligently doing your research to make the best choice possible is fundamental for this approach to succeed.”

The roundtable will feature OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, Paul Duck. Mr. Duck brings over 25 years of experience in leadership and management focusing on managed care, health information technology organizations, strategy, business development, and market expansion, and customer experience optimization to the OPEN MINDS team.

The roundtable will also feature Centerstone Chief Executive Officer David Guth. Mr. Guth has served in the capacity of chief executive for Centerstone since 1991. With over 43 years of behavioral healthcare experience, 36 in executive leadership, his experience and expertise comprise a vast number of areas, both business and clinical.

Executive attendees will learn:

  • An overview plan on when to merge, acquire, or affiliate
  • How to develop contacts and relationships for collaboration
  • How to develop a strategic plan for collaborations

To register for this event, visit:

The December 2 Circle Elite Roundtable—exclusive to Elite members of the OPEN MINDS Circle—is offered as part of a weekly series designed to help executive teams navigate the business, organizational, operational, and culture changes of a market in turbulence during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis. Each 60-minute briefing outlines a field-tested approach for recovering from the crisis and developing a plan for organizational sustainability. OPEN MINDS experts are on the line to answer questions and provide follow-up private Quick Consults for members.

For more information on the program, or media inquiries, contact Cory Thornton, Vice President of Market Intelligence, OPEN MINDS, at 717-334-1329 or

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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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