SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CATS—Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: CATS) (“Catasys” or the “Company”), a leading AI and telehealth enabled, virtualized outpatient healthcare treatment company, today announced the appointment of Mr. Brandon H. LaVerne as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Terren Peizer, Chairman and CEO of Catasys, stated, “Catasys is rapidly scaling from being the leading healthcare engagement company at the intersection of behaviorial health and chronic disease into an advanced technology company with a portfolio of OnTrak™ solutions on the Catasys PRE™ (Predict-Recommend-Engage) platform. Our accelerated growth trajectory continues to attract world-class executive leadership talent with proven experience in scaling advanced technology businesses with over hundreds of millions in revenues. We are delighted to welcome Brandon to our leadership team as Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure at PCM, Inc., a $2.2 billion technology solutions provider with over 4,000 employees worldwide (former Nasdaq listing: PCMI), Brandon played key roles in 14 acquisitions, two subsidiary IPOs, two spin-off transactions and the sale of the company to Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq: NSIT). During his 12 year tenure as CFO, PCM revenues more than doubled from $1 billion in 2007 to $2.2 billion in 2019, he increased their syndicated credit facility from $100 million to $345 million, and the company’s market capitalization increased by over 250% from the end of 2007. PCM, Inc. was acquired for $581 million.
“As we work to integrate additional multi-condition applications on the Catasys PRE platform, and advance the functionality of Catasys proprietary technologies that will positively impact the lives of an increasingly broader member population, we believe that Brandon’s proven expertise in scaling businesses through organic growth and acquisition-driven expansion will strengthen our ability to execute on our innovation initiatives. His deep experience in creating new value through operational efficiencies and digital transformation will help us accelerate our evolution into an advanced technology company.”
Mr. LaVerne stated, “I am thrilled to be joining Catasys and contributing my expertise in scaling fast growth businesses, and leveraging the right resources to architect, implement, manage and execute strategic growth initiatives.”
Mr. LaVerne joins Catasys, bringing 27 years of financial experience across various operational roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer, Vice President and Controller and Assistant Secretary. As CFO of PCM, Inc., Mr. LaVerne developed disciplined operating models for scaling the breadth of services provided to PCM clients which included technology solutions for commercial, state, local and federal governments.
Prior to PCM, Inc., Mr. LaVerne was an Accounting Supervisor at Computer Sciences Corporation where he oversaw general ledger, fixed assets, and cash management. Previously, he was a Senior Auditor at Deloitte and Touche LLP where he worked with many of the firm’s top clients in high tech industries.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Peizer continued, “Christopher Shirley, who has served as Chief Financial Officer of Catasys for the past 3 years, has played a key role in scaling the company and he has built an exceptionally strong financial team, which will enable a smooth transition of leadership to Brandon. Christopher is going to become the CFO of an exciting private healthcare company. We thank him for his leadership and his strong contribution to the growth of Catasys.”
About Catasys, Inc.
Catasys, Inc. is a leading AI and telehealth enabled, virtualized outpatient healthcare treatment company, whose mission is to help improve the health and save the lives of as many people as possible. Its Catasys PRE™ (Predict-Recommend-Engage) platform predicts people whose chronic disease will improve with behavior change, recommends effective care pathways that people are willing to follow, and engages people who aren’t getting the care they need. By combining predictive analytics with human engagement, Catasys delivers improved member health and validated outcomes and savings to healthcare payers.
Catasys’ integrated, technology-enabled OnTrak solution, a critical component of the Catasys PRE platform, is designed to treat members with behavioral conditions that cause or exacerbate chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, COPD, and congestive heart failure, which result in high medical costs.
Catasys has a unique ability to engage these members, who do not otherwise seek behavioral healthcare, leveraging proprietary enrollment capabilities built on deep insights into the drivers of care avoidance.
OnTrak integrates evidence-based psychosocial and medical interventions delivered either in-person or via telehealth, along with care coaching and in-market Community Care Coordinators who address the social and environmental determinants of health, including loneliness. The program improves member health and delivers validated cost savings to healthcare payers of more than 50 percent for enrolled members. OnTrak is available to members of leading national and regional health plans in 28 states and in Washington, D.C.
Learn more at www.catasys.com.
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