2024 Tools & Tactics Webinar: Beyond the Diagnosis – Mental Health Comorbidities’ Impact on Disability

Jai HookerTools & Tactics, Webinars

Tuesday, July 30

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Join us to discover the hidden impact of mental health on overall well-being and productivity and measures you can take to move the needle. Nearly a quarter of US adults have a diagnosable mental health condition, and a significant majority (approximately 2/3) of them also grapple with medical issues. Conversely, 25-30% of those with medical conditions also experience mental health challenges.

Despite this interconnectedness, traditional approaches in insurance and employment often overlook mental health, focusing primarily on physical diagnoses. This session delves into the critical need to understand and address mental health comorbidities for a comprehensive view of health and productivity. Join us as experts unpack insights on how mental health impacts medical conditions, affecting both recovery times and associated costs in disability claims. Explore the seamless integration of mental and physical health for a more holistic approach to well-being and success.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.

Learning Objectives

  • Through an analysis of claims data and insights, understand the relationship between mental health and medical conditions.
  • Learn about the duration and costs associated with mental health comorbidities in workers’ compensation and disability.
  • Identify recommendations for how workers’ compensation professionals can better manage these claims moving forward.


Pam Bloom-Pugliese, RN, BSN
Director of Product Management

Pam Bloom-Pugliese, RN, BSN, is the Director of Product Management with ODG by MCG. She has been a nurse for over 30 years, starting in ER, Trauma, and Critical Flight and then moving into Disability and Workers’ Compensation, where she has been involved in various clinical, management, and senior leadership. Pam was a Clinical Specialist at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, concurrently a Clinical Professor at Palm Beach College’s RN/BSN Program. Pam joined the corporate world at Aetna, which was acquired by The Hartford, where she focused on best practices for claim handling, claim segmentation, analytics, and clinical processes. At ODG, she focuses on developing evidence-based tools for the workers’ compensation, disability, and auto injury industries to manage claims better. She encourages a holistic focus to provide fair and consistent claim-handling guidelines.

Michael Lacroix, Ph.D.
Medical Director
The Hartford Financial Services Group

Michael Lacroix, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist. He has worked in the areas of disability and workers’ compensation for 30 years in clinical, management, program development, and consulting roles. Prior to joining the corporate world, he held academic appointments, developed a large clinical practice focused on the assessment and rehabilitation of injured/disabled workers, and carried out grant-supported research over many years, resulting in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and papers. He is a frequent contributor at industry conferences.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify for CEU credit.

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Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. 

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