Detailed Agenda

Our 2017 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 70 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 California health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on December 5th. 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 San Diego!



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: A View from Washington DC with James Capretta

James Capretta is the Milton Friedman Chair at the American Enterprise Institute and one of America’s most respected writers on health reform.  As an associate director at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security, welfare, and labor and education issues.  He served on the staff of the US Senate and US House prior to that.  Capretta has published a series of policy pieces on health care reform and is on the Editorial Board of Health Affairs.


Looking Ahead to the 2018 Elections

Elections have consequences, and the upcoming mid-term elections in 2018 will be no different.  The first Congressional elections of Pres. Trump’s term may signal a retrenchment of support for his politics nationally.  Here in California, statewide and legislative races likely push the state farther from alignment with Washington DC.

Walter Zelman: Professor and Department Chair, California State University, Los Angeles

John Hoy: Principal, John Hoy Campaigns

Mohit Ghose: Partner, Ghose & Associates


Managing the Fallout from the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid crisis has become widespread, with 1000 Americans presenting to the emergency room every day with opioid-related problems. This panel will discuss how the system is responding to the consequences of opioids and adjusting to the new reality of opioid-related trauma.

Madeleine Baudoin: Government and Public Affairs Manager, West, American Medical Response

Roneet Lev, MD: Director of Operations, Scripps Mercy Emergency Department

Sanjay Vaswani, MD: Regional Chief Medical Officer, Beacon Health Options


The Promise and Profile of the Biotech Sector

San Diego is home to a wide array of future-looking biotech companies that will soon alter the way disease states are treated. From genome-specific drugs to “miracle cures,” the promise of these pharmaceuticals, as well as the potential cost, is as high as ever.  This session will review what’s in the pipeline.

Jimmy Jackson: Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Biocom Purchasing Group

Rolf Benirschke: Chief Patient Officer, Legacy Health Strategies

Liz Helms: President & Chief Executive Officer, California Chronic Care Coalition


Finding Progress on "Timely Access" Issues

The modern economy - and state legislation - dictates that consumers be able to see the status of providers covered by their insurance benefits before they visit their doctor, and to be able to get in to see their provider in a reasonable amount of time.  Transparency here has been more elusive than first thought. Get the latest on what providers, regulators and health plans are doing to make this benefit more seamless.

Bill Barcellona: Senior Vice President, CAPG

Gordon Moore, MD: Senior Medical Director, Population & Payment Solutions, 3M

Dan Southard: Deputy Director of Plan Monitoring, California Department of Managed Health Care 


Sacramento Insiders Discuss the Next Legislative Session

The 2018 legislative session is just around the corner. And with a big election year in California, health care politics are becoming even more important.  This session will bring you up to speed on what’s happening in Sacramento policy discussions, and point the way towards what to expect in 2018.

Kassy Perry: President, Perry Communications

David Panush: President, California Health Policy Strategies

Jim Gross: Partner, Nielson Merksamer


Strategies for Behavioral Health Integration

Connecting mental health and physical health, along with substance use issues, into one care package is extraordinarily difficult.  This is particularly true as the various systems converge around issues like financing, the notion of value, and demands from the 1115 waiver. This panel will talk through these issues and elevate strategies that are working.

Rakesh Patel, MD: CEO, Neighborhood Healthcare

George Scolari: Behavioral Health Program Manager, Community Health Group


Integrating the Social Determinants

While the knowledge of the importance of the social determinants is increasingly broadly held, there are still questions about how best to integrate that awareness into a care and financing model that works. This session will take up the question and offer insights from the years of experience of our panelists.

Rodney Hood, MD: President, Multicultural Health Foundation

Dana Richardson: Vice President, Community Engagement, Community Health Improvement Partners

Karis Grounds: Director, Health & Partnership Integration, San Diego 211

Melora Simon: Director, Dual Eligible Program, Health Plan of San Mateo


Success Stories from Value Based Payments

With more focus moving to paying for value, there are an increasing number of successful examples of value-based payment models working in the marketplace.  This session will elevate some of those, with speakers sharing lessons from the experience of working in practice rather than theory.

Robert Howey: Director, Toyon Associates

Lauren Cover: Manager, Healthcare Consulting, Aldrich Advisors

Josh Axene: Senior Consulting Actuary, Axene Health Partners


Lunch Keynote: What Reform in Southern California Can Look Like

Southern California is a unique ecosystem of health care systems, models, regulatory structures, and organizations.  This panel of some of Southern California's leading health care executives and thought leaders will discuss the future of health reform, and the shape that reform will take in the region.

Nick Macchione: Director, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency

Erica Murray: Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Public Hospitals

John Baackes: Chief Executive Officer, LA Care

Don Crane: Chief Executive Officer, CAPG

1:45 - 2:30

The Republican Outlook for 2018

This panel of legislative leaders from the Republican Caucus will talk through their vision for the 2018 legislative session, the political landscape in 2018, and the shape of things to come in California health reform.  Bring your questions to what is always a smart policy discussion.

Hon. Randy Voepel: Vice Chair, Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee

Hon. Marie Waldron: Member, Assembly Health Committee

1:45 - 2:30

Reviewing Whole Person Care Pilots

With pilots across California now up and running, we are able to scan the range of the whole person care initiative for insights on the most effective strategies for care, for payment, and for sustainability. This panel will explore what’s working in WPC and where there might be lessons for refinement moving forward.

David Estrella: Director of Integrative Services, County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency

Melissa Tober: Manager, Strategic Projects, Orange County Health Care Agency

Lisa Chan-Sawin: Partner, Transform Health

1:45 - 2:30

Technology as a Tool for Care Improvement

If higher value, better care is the goal, technology likely plays a role as a means to the end. However, finding the right technology tool is more difficult than it would have seemed. This panel will talk through various use-cases and experiences with technology, and what we might learn from them about the future of health care.

Tanya Dansky, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Care1st Health Plan

Barbara DeBuono, MD: Vice President, Clinical Strategy & Value Based Care, 3M Health Information Systems

Steve Rimar: Chief Executive Officer, Analytica Consulting

1:45 - 2:30

Increasing Transparency in California Health Care

If transparency is key to the efficient functioning of the health care marketplace, why has it seemed so elusive?  With both the legislature and market actors increasingly active in the transparency discussion, this panel will look ahead to policy trends, to potential legislation, and to where the conversation is heading in 2018.

Asher Lisec: Senior Director of State Advocacy, PhRMA

Scott Sukow: Executive Director, American Liver Foundation, Pacific Coast Division 

Dena Mendelsohn, JD: Senior Attorney, Consumers Union


Exploring the Success of Live Well San Diego

One of the more interesting community-based health and wellness initiatives in California is Live Well San Diego. This effort is mobilizing stakeholders in San Diego to drive collaboration across systems in a collective impact model of reform. This session will highlight the strategies and lessons learned from this approach, and detail insights about how other communities might learn from Live Well.

John Ohanian: President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego 211

Dale Fleming: Director of Strategy, San Diego County HHS


Developing the Workforce for our Health Care System

The elements required to foster a reformed and improved health care system start with having the right people in place. This is true both on the provider and the administrative side of the staffing ledger.  This panel will discuss strategies in place to develop and evolve the health care workforce to be ready for the demands of a health care system in transition.

Leslie Bruce: Director, Healthcare Leadership & Community Outreach, UCSD

Paul Hegyi: Chief Executive Officer, San Diego County Medical Society

Vernita Todd, MBA: Senior Vice President, Health Care Partners of Southern California


Employer Lessons from Managing Healthcare Dollars

Employers are experiencing the direct impact of increasing health care costs. Many are focusing on cost reduction strategies the range from benefit changes, to  on-site employee clinics to other wellness engagement tactics.  This panel brings a wealth of expertise and experience in increasing employee health and reducing costs through wellness and other strategies.

Dave Beech: Director, Health Management Services, Barney & Barney

Rebecca Kruske: Wellbeing & Engagement Practice Leader, Western Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


Afternoon Keynote: Delivering on System Reform in Southern California

Organizational leadership during this uncertain time in health care requires visionary and thoughtful stewardship.  These panelists will offer their thoughts on the moss important qualities demanded of health care leadership in 2018, and share their guiding principles that might inform us all as we continue to move the health care system forward.

Donald Kearns, MD: President and Chief Executive Officer, Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego

Baron Herdelin-Doherty: President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater YMCA of San Diego County

Nancy Sasaki: Executive Director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation