5 Things Oregon: Tech & AI, CCO 2.0, Pharmacy policy

We are looking forward to seeing about 450 of you with us in two weeks in what is one of Oregon’s largest, most diverse convenings of senior health care executives and policy makers!  We’ve curated almost 70 speakers for you at this one-day conference, where you’ll hear about some of the most important conversations taking place in Oregon health care.

So, this month’s “5 Things We’re Watching” highlights some of the interesting sessionsteed up for you at this year’s event on October 16th!

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1.  Exploring CCO 2.0

One of the most important topics in Oregon health care in 2019 will be the re-procurement of Medicaid. So, we’ve put together a strong panel for you near the end of the day at 2:00 pm on the topic.

Jeremy Vandehey of the OHA will be joined by Lindsey Hopper of PacificSource and Sean Jessup of Moda. They will present their ideas, concerns and innovations related to the next model of CCOs in Oregon, and what you can expect during and after the next OHA procurement in Medicaid.

2. The future of tech and AI in health care

We all know that tech and artificial intelligence are going to impact the future of care delivery, coordination and consumerism.  But, when and how are two questions still unanswered.  The history of the modern health care system is littered with over-promising and under-delivering. So, what do we make of where things are going?

These three experts will offer their take on this question: Kristine Ashcraft, CEO of YouScript, Steve Datena, Founder and Chief Scientist at AkeLex; and Joel Barrett, Vice President at Unosquare. Bring your questions to what will be a very forward-looking session.

3. Pat Allen, Director of OHA, on transforming Oregon health care

Pat Allen has taken over an agency struggling with challenges, from culture to operations, and reset it on a path forward.  He’s winning over stakeholders by being as responsive and transparent as he says he can be, while continuing to push for the OHA to be a disruptive force in Oregon health care.

Allen will provide our closing Afternoon Keynote at State of Reform where he will detail the vision of the agency for 2019.  He’ll discuss the internal issues at the OHA and how he has worked to fix those.  Allen will also discuss the upcoming legislative session, Medicaid financing issues, and a range of topics that will shape the policy debate next year. This will be a great session if you’re interested in the role the state will play in transforming health care in Oregon.

4.  A window into reform efforts in Washington State

One of the things our Convening Panel said this year was that it wanted to hear about how other states are transforming care and what the broader Oregon health system – both policy makers and market actors – could learn from that experience.  I’m excited to highlight what I think will be a very engaging and interesting panel.

MaryAnne Lindeblad is the Director of Medicaid at the Washington State Health Care Authority.  She’ll be joined by former Central Oregonian Alisha Fehrenbacher, who now leads the Pierce County Accountable Community of Health, and Amina Suchoski, Vice President at United Healthcare.  They’ll talk about public and private lines of business, about policy-led reforms, and where market-led reforms are driving the state to respond.


5. Finding the balance on pharmacy policy

The balance between the curative promise of innovative medicine and the financial peril of specialty drug pricing is increasingly difficult, with both sides increasingly heavier and more consequential.  This panel will be a unique conversation on the topic that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else.  Here’s who we have curated for you.

Ted Falk is one of the most senior members of the Department of Justice, and is charged with regulatory oversight in the health care market.  Lisa Joldersma is coming out from Washington DC, where she serves as PhRMA’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Research. Scott Fry is an actuary at Towers Watson Willis where he runs the numbers in health care every day.

I think this will be a very interesting conversation, and you should bring your thoughts to the discussion.  It’ll be at 1:00 on October 16th.