5 Things Washington: Detailed Agenda, Chris Bandoli, Health Care Climate Alliance

We are now four weeks out from our 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference!  It’s our 10th anniversary (crazy, right?) and we’ve got our Detailed Agenda now out with over 100 speakers curated for you on January 9th. We have also posted the speakers for our Pre-Conference Sessions for folks that want a “deep dive” into one of three subject areas.

We stand on the shoulders of scores of individuals that have helped us get to 10 years. I will thank some of them on Jan. 9th, but just a word of special thanks to Aaron Katz, Jack McRae, Linda Parlette, and Eileen Cody – with more thanks to come…



With help from Emily Boerger

and Michael Goldberg


1. Health orgs form a new Climate Alliance

Eight major health systems in Washington State are joining forces to advocate for policy solutions to climate change. Titled the Washington Health Care Climate Alliance (WA Alliance), the coalition intends to safeguard Washington communities from the deleterious health impacts of climate change and advocate for “climate-smart policies.”

Launching in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm, the eight members represent 40 hospitals and over 1,000 health care facilities in Washington. Specific policy areas the coalition plans to take on through legislative and regulatory advocacy include energy, transportation, food, waste, infrastructure, and community resilience – not your traditional health care advocacy agenda…

2.  Detailed Agenda now available!

We are excited to announce the release of our Detailed Agenda for the 2020 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference! We’ve got a very strong lineup of over 100 speakers that we are excited to bring together on January 9th for one of the largest, most diverse convenings of health care leaders in the state.

We’ve also posted the speakers for the Pre-Conference Sessions the day before on January 8th.

Be sure to check out the Topical Agenda to get a feel for the day, and take a look at our Convening Panel to see some of the folks who helped put the agenda together. If you haven’t registered to be with us yet, we’d be honored to have you join us!


3. Chris Bandoli joins AWHP as new ED

Chris Bandoli is a consummate professional health care lobbyist. He’s smart, effective, well liked in Olympia and in health care circles. He previously worked at Regence and WSHA, as well as having a host of clients as an independent consultant. So, it’s a big deal that the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans has hired him as their new Executive Director.

Compared to other states of similar size, AWHP has not been very well funded by member plans. Moreover, the Association got a little tripped up in the advocacy work related to the public option, where consensus among its members was hard to establish on an issue that moved quickly. So, there is a lot of room for Chris to build the value proposition of the Association and its leadership role as it enters 2020.

4. Video: Josh Aubert, Privis Health

Josh Aubert is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Privis Health, a leading provider of next gen health information technology and reimbursement strategies. They’re trying to put together smart networks of providers that can work across multiple silos in a value-based payment framework. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss value-based reimbursement and chronic care management.

“What we do is if somebody wants to use Privis for their chronic care management or other value-based reimbursement, we like to say we have the technology and the teams. We have our platform to help coordinate all of the care between everybody that’s part of a care management team for someone, and then we have our care managers.”


5.  Capretta: The rise of the public option

Jim Capretta at the American Enterprise Institute is one of the smartest, most well regarded health policy observers in the country. He pens a monthly column for us at State of Reform where he offers our community some of his insights.

This month, Capretta argues that Democrats are not likely to actually pursue a “Medicare for All” option, should the nominee win the White House. “The party’s next big idea in health care will be a public option, not single-payer,” says Capretta. His column is always worth a read, but I think that’s particularly the case this month with the Iowa caucuses two months away on Feb. 3rd.