Our 2017 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 60 speakers and experts from across the spectrum of care. The heading colors correspond to track colors on our Topical Agenda to help you organize your day.
The agenda and speaker list are driven by input from our Convening Panel of leaders in Oregon health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on October 11th. If you’re not already registered you can do so here.
For now, let us know if you have any questions about the conference. We look forward to seeing you in Portland!
Welcome and Introduction
This opening session will kick off the day with some comments on the role of State of Reform and the day's content in a new era of policy and politics.
DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform
Morning Keynote: Rep. Knute Buehler
Knute Buehler is a declared candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2018 general election. He represents Bend in the Oregon House of Representatives, and is trained as an orthopedic surgeon. He will offer prepared remarks which will be followed by a Q&A session with DJ Wilson.
Hon. Knute Buehler: Member, House Committee on Health Care
Salem Insiders and Lobbyists Talk Shop
This panel of folks that work in the capitol building will bring you up to speed on the discussions, topics, and issues taking shape in Oregon health policy today. Learn about the discussions the state will be having in the 2018 legislative session by listening in on this dialog.
Jonathan Eames: President, Eames Consulting
Justen Rainey: Director, Government Affairs, Public Affairs Counsel
Tom Holt: Managing Partner, The Holt Company
Improving Oregon's Challenged Behavioral Health System
Awareness is increasing about the state of behavioral health in Oregon, but there is still considerable work to do to improve the system overall. This session will discuss some of the strategies in place for system improvement, and where things are heading in the months ahead.
Cindy Becker: Executive Director, Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network
Lynnea Lindsey, PhD: Director, Behavioral Health Services, Legacy Health
David Pollack, MD: Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, OHSU
Driving to Transparency in Oregon's System
Getting complete, accurate and timely data in health care is a difficult task. Information on pricing and quality can be difficult to find. This group of experts will talk through where the conversation on transparency is going, and where opportunities for system improvement may be.
Bill Murray: Chief Operating Officer, FamilyCare Health
Phil Schmidt: Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, OAHHS
Mylia Christensen: Executive Director, HealthInsight
Physician and Hospital Leadership in 2018
Get to know some of the folks leading health care organizations in Oregon today during this session with some of the state’s senior health system executives. Bring your questions and create a dialog on the challenges and opportunities in Oregon health care with this panel of leaders.
David Parsons, MD: Regional Chief Medical Officer & Director of Hospital Services, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Brad Wakefield: Chief Executive Officer, The Corvallis Clinic
Cheryl Nester Wolfe, RN: Chief Executive Officer, Salem Health
Kate Othus: Partner, Aldrich Advisors (moderator)
Connecting Savings to the Social Determinants of Health
The social determinants are now well enshrined in the awareness of policy and market leaders. However, there is still only a limited amount of clarity around how to tie financial incentives and performance to them. This group of experts will take up the topic and share their thinking and experiences.
Mike Rohwer, MD: Executive Director, Curandi
Jim Seymour: Executive Director, Catholic Community Services
Sam Engel: Coordinator, Social Determinants of Health, Allcare Health
Policy Leadership: Democrats
Legislative Democrats will join this panel to talk through their priorities, policies, and plans for the 2018 legislature, both for health care and policy in general. Bring your questions for the Q&A period in what is always a well attended, interesting discussion.
Hon. Laurie Monnes Anderson: Chair, Senate Committee on Health Care
Hon. Mitch Greenlick: Chair, House Committee on Health Care
Hon. Rob Nosse: Vice Chair, House Committee on Health Care
Looking to the 2018 CCO Procurement
The reprocurement of Oregon Medicaid has anxiety levels high for stakeholders across Oregon’s CCO community. While there are a number of moving parts, this panel of leaders will talk through the market’s view of the procurement, and the hopes for what the vision for 2018 will look like.
Erin Fair Taylor: Executive Director of Legal Affairs, CareOregon
Phil Greenhill: Chief Executive Officer, Western Oregon Advance Health
Kevin Campbell: Executive Director, GOBHI
Ashlen Strong: Director, Public Policy & Communications, Health Share of Oregon
Trends in Contracting, Financing and Reimbursement
Where is the money leading Oregon’s health system? What trends are we seeing in plan-provider relations related to payment? This panel will take up these sorts of topics, and discuss the evolution in reimbursement and care financing in Oregon today.
Sue Deitz: VP, Business Development, Caravan Health
Jeremiah Dodrill: Director of Contracting, Salem Health
Justin Valley: Healthcare Business Advisor, Aldrich Advisors
Strategies for the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis is now fully in the mainstream consciousness. Its impacts run across health care, human services, public safety and other safety net and care systems. This session will discuss strategies for addressing the issue, with implications for many in the healthcare system.
Sarah Winslow, MD: Opioid Task Force, Adventist Health
Nicole O'Kane, PharmD: Clinical Director, HealthInsight
Benjamin Schwartz, MD: Medical Director, Recovery Works NW
Maintaining the Stability of the Individual Market
Oregon’s individual market continues to have a mixed level of performance. Given the uncertainty around CSRs and federal funding, the market is even more precarious ahead of 2018 plan year. This session will discuss the efforts to stabilize the system, and how Oregon policy makers can support the individual market.
Jean Straight: Acting Director, Department of Consumer and Business Services
TK Keen: Deputy Administrator, Oregon Division of Financial Regulation
Dave Nesseler-Cass: Director, Regulatory Affairs, Moda Health
Brad Garrigues: Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Providence Health Plan
Lunch Keynote: A Conversation with Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski
Few members of Oregon’s policy and political community are as well regarded as former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. He is the only person to have served in all three branches of Oregon’s government, having been elected to the Supreme Court and the Legislature, in addition to the Governor’s mansion. DJ Wilson will interview the Governor on the state of politics in Oregon today, his observations of state-federal relations, and what might be on the horizon.
Hon. Ted Kulongowski: Former Governor, State of Oregon
Policy Leadership: Republicans
These leaders from both the House and the Senate will discuss the policy outcomes from the last session, the work underway in the interim, and look ahead to the 2018 legislative session. Bring your ideas, and be ready for a thoughtful dialog with this group of well-respected legislators.
Hon. Cedric Hayden: Co-Vice Chair, House Committee on Health Care
Hon. Tim Knopp: Member, Senate Committee on Health Care
Hon. Ron Noble: Member, House Committee on Human Services and Housing
Building a Post-ACA Healthcare System in Oregon
Health reform may have stalled in Washington DC, but that doesn’t mean the reform conversation is complete. Whether the US moves to an ACA 2.0 model, or a system that is wholly different from the ACA, reform after the ACA will continue. This group of thought leaders will outline the options, principles, and possibilities for the healthcare system after the ACA.
Hon. Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward: Member, Senate Committee on Health Care
Zeke Smith: Chair, Oregon Health Policy Board
Jennifer Stoll: Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, OCHIN
The Changing Nature of Provider-Plan Relationships
From M&A activity to tiered networks, from value based purchasing to a fee-for-service retrenchment, conversations and relationships between plans and providers are evolving. This session will discuss some of the trends in these discussions and highlight models for closer collaboration.
Brent Eichman: Chief Executive Officer, Umpqua Health
Will Brake: Director, Provider Network Transformation, Allcare CCO
Dino Ramzi, MD: President, Patient Direct Care
The Future of Oral Health
Closer awareness of and integration between the world of physical health and oral health is increasing. It’s becoming tied to behavioral health and the social determinants, as well. This session will discuss how the role of oral health in a broader wellness and care model is changing and developing.
Mike Shirtcliff: Chief Executive Officer, Advantage Dental
Bruce Austin, DMD: Dental Director, Oregon Health Authority
Pamela Johnson: Native Dental Therapy Initiative, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Getting Our Hands Around Specialty Pharma
While the sticker shock of specialty drugs is mitigating, the absorption of higher costs into the system continues to put upward pressure on premiums and system-level costs. This panel will discuss the strategies to mitigate cost pressures while elevating the benefits of a range of unique pharmaceutical products.
Jesse O'Brien: Policy Director, OSPIRG
Tom Culhane, MD: Adjunct Faculty, Division of Management, OHSU
Glenn Wachter: Senior Director of Business Development, Credena Health
Update on Federal Health Policy
The policy ground may be settling in Washington DC, but that is unlikely to stay stable for long. This panel will discuss the various moving parts in the policy discussion, and what we might see come from the nation’s capital on health policy in the weeks and months ahead.
Mohit Ghose: Managing Partner, Ghose Advocacy Associates
Larry Goldman: Senior Vice President, Beacon Health Options
An Update from the OHA
Regardless of some of the challenges at OHA over recent years, there is no organization more impactful to the broader health care system in Oregon than this agency. This session will look ahead, discussing the significant work the agency has before it, and charting a course for 2018.
Patrick Allen: Acting Director, Oregon Health Authority
Jeremy Vandehey: Acting Director, Health Policy and Analytics, Oregon Health Authority
Addressing Costs: Prevention-Related and System-Level
Not all costs are created equal, and not all actors can have the same impact to mitigate them. Some costs are clinical in nature and occur at the individual level. Some costs are system-level or macro-level events. This panel of speakers will discuss the connection between the two, and strategies to put downward pressure on costs throughout Oregon health care.
Ruth Chang, MD: Director of Financial Health, Kaiser Permanente
Will Kennedy, MD: Senior Medical Director for Clinical Services, CareOregon
John Domeika: Head of Alternative Markets, Physicians Insurance
A Discussion of Single Payer Models
The idea of a single payer model in health care is gaining some traction. However, the term means a number of different things to people, depending on whether one is discussing policy, operations or politics. This session will take up the topic and sort through the noise to get to a meaningful discussion on which models might offer the most compelling interest to Oregon.
Samuel Metz, MD: Director, Oregon Physicians for a National Health Program
DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform
Executive Keynote Panel: The Future of Oregon's Health System, Health Policy, and Fiscal State
This session turns the tables on health policy discussions in recent years. Instead of answering questions, John Kitzhaber will be asking them of some of Oregon’s most important players in the health care and health policy worlds. Where is Oregon health care going? Why does policy making appear so difficult? What are the answers to the fiscal challenges? End the day with this thought provoking session with some of Oregon’s most important health care voices.
Imelda Dacones, MD: President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Permanente , P.C.
Jeff Heatherington: Chief Executive Officer, FamilyCare Incorporated
Janet Meyer: Cheif Executive Officer, Health Share of Oregon
Greg Van Pelt: Executive Director, Oregon Health Leadership Council
Hon. John Kitzhaber: Former Governor, State of Oregon (moderator)