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Cade Saurage to Repeat Popular Workshop on Managed Care Partnering


Cade Saurage Director of Utilization Review & Strategic Partnerships
By popular demand, Cade Saurage will repeat his well-received presentation on Managed Care Partnering at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Programs (NAATP) 2018 National Addiction Leadership Conference in Denver, May 20-22.

Cade, who is La Hacienda’s Director of Utilization Management and Partnerships, first spoke on the topic at last year’s NAATP conference to a standing-room-only audience in Austin.

“There is great interest in the subject,” says Cade, who used his more than 15 years of experience in managed health care to speak about building relationships with insurance companies that, in turn, result in longer stays at treatment centers for patients.

This year’s presentation will add ethics to the mix, reflecting NAATP’s emphasis on quality assurance.

Also, Cade has invited a representative of the insurance industry to help lead the workshop. Joining him will be Debra Nussbaum, Senior Director of Behavioral Products and Optum/United Behavioral Health National Director.

They will lead workshop participants through the process of creating and maintaining a successful, collaborative managed-care payment operation addressing ethics and strategy.

Representing more than 600 member treatment facilities, NAATP sets standards for quality, caring therapeutic services for men and women, young and old, suffering from addictive diseases.


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John has been a professional writer since earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. A large portion of his career has been spent working for organizations related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including serving as associate editor of the Presbyterian Outlook in Richmond, Virginia, and associate editor for Presbyterians Today in Louisville, Kentucky. Familiarity with the Hill Country comes from living and working in the area a dozen years, including stints with Mo-Ranch (up the river) and Schreiner University in Kerrville. He and his wife, Jean, live in “suburban” Ingram.