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Cigna Proving Behavioral Health Reduces Total Medical Costs

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Senior Medical Director-Behavioral Health

Dr. William Lopez is the Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Cigna Healthcare where he oversees the medical director’s team responsible for medical necessity reviews, case management, and claims activities. He works closely with Cigna’s sales and marketing teams providing clinical expertise during client and stakeholder meetings. Dr. Lopez is leading work on care coordination and the integration of behavioral health services into Cigna's collaborative accountable care programs. Dr. Lopez leads the implementation of Cigna’s national telehealth strategy enterprise wide. He also has been leading many of the initiatives related to Cigna’s response to the opioid epidemic. Prior to joining Cigna in 2006, Dr. Lopez was a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director for psychiatric services at Snowden at Fredericksburg, a private behavioral health center in Virginia, and staff psychiatrist and medical director at Memorial Healthcare System in Michigan. Dr. Lopez was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he practiced aerospace medicine, and is a veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Dr. Lopez is a certified physician executive through the Certifying Commission in Medical Management and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. Dr. Lopez is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Association for Physician Leadership, and the National Hispanic Medical Association.

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