About Us

M3 Team

M-3 Information, LLC (“M3”) grew out of a collaborative of National Institute of Mental Health (“NIMH”) alumnus and other academic researchers, clinicians, information technology and business people committed to reengineering the detection of mental health disease and streamlining its integration into Primary Care, the point of first contact for a majority (over 70%) of all mood disorder cases.

The team identified a need to develop a multi-dimensional screen to replace the existing single-disease oriented screens that only addressed one form of mental illness. To address these problems, our team focused on a mental health screen that could measure outcomes based on question responses. We developed a 27-question diagnostic checklist and a related algorithm targeted for adults aged 18 and older named the M3 Checklist, which accurately measures outcomes based on question responses for major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Michael Byer – President/Co-Founder

Mr. Byer is the company’s leader and co-developer of the M3 algorithm, the analytical logic behind the M3 Checklist. He concentrates on analytics, decision support and business development. He also collaborates with key national health care industry leaders to gain acceptance and use of M3 by primary care and mental health clinicians. Prior to M3, he started and sold two companies to Viacom.

Roebert M. Post, MD – Co-Founder

For 30 years Dr. Post and his group at the NIMH have focused on patients with treatment-resistant recurrent unipolar and bipolar disorders. He is on the editorial board of more than 10 journals, has published more than 900 scientific manuscripts, and writes a quarterly newsletter – the Bipolar Network News. Dr. Post was awarded the 2011 National Alliance of Mental Illness Lifetime Research Award.

Larry Culpepper, MD – Co-Founder

Dr. Culpepper is the founding Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a Primary Care Fellow of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and family medicine editor of UpToDate and editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Primary Care Companion.

Gerald Hurowitz, MD – Chief Medical Officer/Co-Founder

Dr. Hurowitz is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Columbia University and also a practicing psychiatrist. Dr. Hurowitz co-authored the chapter Psychopharmacology and Electro-convulsive Therapy in the American Psychiatric Press’s Textbook in Psychiatry (2nd edition), and is the author of several articles dealing with psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatry. Since 1992 he is co-director of the Clinical Neuropsychiatry Course for 4th year residents in Columbia University’s Psychiatric Residency.

Steve Daviss, MD – Chief Medical Information Officer

Dr. Daviss is a national expert on the intersection of psychiatry, primary care, healthcare policy and information technology. Board-certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine, he chairs the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Mental Health Information Technology, serves on the Maryland Health Care Commission’s Health Information Exchange Policy Board, and is on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine. He was previously president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, co-chair of the Behavioral Health EHR Workgroup for Certification Commission, and chair of the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.

Bernard Snyder, MD – Co-Founder

Dr. Snyder was a Georgetown University Hospital assistant professor in Psychiatry. Although now retired, he also had a psychiatric practice with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Fred Farmer – Chief Information Officer

Mr. Farmer is a former CIO at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and most recently was the EVP/Chief Administration Officer for Acentia, a provider of technology management solutions to the Federal Government. He also serves as the company’s Security Officer.

David Abrahamson, JD – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Abrahamson is the Chief Financial Officer with extensive business and tax experience whose duties include accounting, finance, legal and administrative.  He earned his B.S. degree with a major in Accounting and Finance from Marquette University and his J.D. from George Washington University. He is also the company’s Privacy Officer.

Karen Sanders - Director of Integrated Care & Affiliations

Ms. Sanders is a skilled mental health care advocate with deep experience interpreting the health care environment, research and policies and applying them to complex, technical health problems. She is well known for her breadth of knowledge in the integration of physical and behavioral health, bringing integrated care to the members of the American Psychiatric Association where she worked for over 15 years.

Christopher Abrahamson

Mr. Abrahamson helps bridge the gap between the M3 team and the programming team.  He is the editor of this website and works with the programmers on upgrading and troubleshooting the mobile app, the web app and the interfaces M3 has with clients.

Affiliations

Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Committed Partner

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCP-LAN) to help achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people. These goals are accomplished by working with partners in the private, public and non-profit sectors to transform the nation’s health system. It is the goal of HHS to emphasize value over volume, shifting away from the current fee-for-service payment model.

HCP-LAN Committed Partners are organizations that establish their own goals in support of alternative payment model (APM) adoption, share them with the HCP-LAN and are recognized on the HCP-LAN website. M3 Information is an advocate for the transformation of payment and treatment options for the healthcare system at large, with an emphasis on mental health. M3 is recognized as a Committed Partner of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)

M3 Information is an executive member of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a not‐for‐profit membership organization dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system, built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient‐centered medical home (PCMH). The PCPCC achieves its mission through the work of its executive members and Stakeholder Centers, led by experts and thought leaders dedicated to transforming the U.S. health care system through quality improvement, delivery and payment reform, patient engagement and benefit redesign. To learn more about PCPCC click here.

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

M3 Clinician is Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) prevalidated by NCQA to receive autocredit toward NCQA’s PCMH 2014 scoring. This autocredit is transferrable to M3 Clinician’s PCMH client practices seeking NCQA’s PCMH 2014 Recognition. M3 Clinician’s PCMH eligible client practices must be actively utilizing the reviewed capabilities associated with M3 Clinician’s PCMH prevalidated product in order to be eligible for transfer of awarded autocredit.

NCQA is an independent national accreditation agency working to improve health care quality through building consensus with employers, policymakers, doctors, patients and health plans.

National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addiction treatment organizations. It is made up of 2,500  member organizations, serving 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions. The National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high‐quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. M3 Information is  an affiliate member of the National Council. To learn more about the National Council, click here.

Privacy Policy & Service Delivery

Privacy Policy

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

All patient data (including the risk assessment and any information or inputs related thereto) are stored in a HIPAA and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) compliant hosting facility, not directly accessible by M3 and passed through M3’s systems to the clinician.

M3 is not engaged in rendering medical or other professional services, and the use of the M3 Checklist or any other M3 materials is not intended to create, and does not create any medical or other professional services relationship. Use of the M3 Checklist and other M3 materials are not an adequate substitute for obtaining medical or other professional advice, diagnosis or treatment from a qualified licensed health care provider. The M3 Checklist and other M3 materials are provided “as is” without any warranties of any kind, either express or implied and M3 disclaims all warranties including liability for indirect or consequential damages. M3 Checklist © 2010 M3 Information, LLC