Sixty-eight speakers | SW Washington | PEBB lawsuit

This is something of the silly political season as the November election draws close. Tensions are high, and majorities in both Washington DC and Olympia appear increasingly in play.

That’s why we’ve got so much good stuff lined up for you in Spokane on Sept. 14th!  From politics to policy, expect more than 300 of your closest friends to talk through the future of health care in Washington State.

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1. Sixt-eight confirmed speakers at our Inland Northwest conference

Last week we let you know both Jay Inslee and Bill Bryant will be providing separate keynote addresses at our Spokane conference.  But, it may be all of the other great speakers lined up that is even more impressive.

Take a look at our Detailed Agenda for a list of each of the speakers we have lined up.  For a clearer view, the Topical Agenda will organize the day for you in one place. We’d be honored to have you with us on September 14th!

2. How is integration in SW WA going?

The Regional Health Alliance and HCA recently released a comprehensive report evaluating the first 90 days of Fully Integrated Managed Care for the early adopters in Clark and Skamania Counties. The report confirms what we’ve been hearing regarding exemplary communication between county, agency, and MCOs, and crisis management in that region.

We’ll have a few of the key players from Molina Healthcare of Washington, Beacon Health Options, and Lifeline Connections at the “Update on FIMC in Southwest Washington at 10:30 am to tell you themselves about how things are going.  Bring your questions to this one.

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3. Eric Earling joins State of Reform

Eric Earling has been working with us at State of Reform since the beginning. In his role asVP of Corporate Communications at Premera, he was the organization’s spokesperson during the launch of the exchange, the IT breach, and individual market instability. He was also the person we asked to moderate our panel with Rob McKenna and Slade Gorton some years ago, a prominent role we knew we could trust him with.

Which is why we are so honored to announce that he is joining our team in the role of SVP at State of Reform. He has re-located to New Orleans where he will lead the work to build our South Central edition, while continuing to support some of our projects here in the West Coast edition.

4. Interview: Cassie Sauer, WHSA’s new CEO

Cassie Sauer sat down for her first interview since the announcement of her appointment as the next CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association. She speaks candidly with us about her short and long term goals and how she sees Washington’s communities reacting to the tight timelines around behavioral health integration. Sauer has 16 years of experience in policy and advocacy work for WSHA.

Sauer says that she is most excited about discussions she’s hearing around Medicaid supportive housing and its potential to positively contribute to the state’s mental health crisis by allowing “people to get the care that they need in the community.” We dive deep into this topic in the 11:30 a.m. panel “Connecting Housing to the Health Care System” on Sept. 14 in Spokane.

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5. New Hep C ruling changes Rx policy for PEBB members

Last week, King County Superior Court granted class status to the 277,000 members of the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) in the second Hepatitis C treatment druglawsuit the HCA has faced this year. Roughly 4,000 PEBB members with Hepatitis C will now be covered for drugs under an injunction invalidating any “contractual limitations” on the use of such drugs.

This topic may come up at our Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  Dorothy Teeter, Administrator of the Washington Health Care Authority, will be giving “An Update from the HCA” at 11:30 am, and controlling pharmacy costs is one of the biggest challenges Washington’s largest purchaser – the HCA – is facing.