Detailed Agenda

Our 2018 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 50 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 Hawaii health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on January 10th. 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 Honolulu!



Welcome and Introduction

This opening session will key 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: Jeff Arnold, CEO of Sharecare

Sharecare is a company focused on bringing a suite of health and wellness tools to consumers to access through an app-based technology model. Their service relies on game theory and large data set management to help and support individuals as they manage their health.  Sharecare was identified by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States in 2017.

Jeff Arnold: Chief Executive Officer, Sharecare


Health Information: A Watershed Moment?

Health data, from claims to clinical, is substantially improving in Hawaii. Laulima is coming on-line, the Hawaii Health Information Exchange is maturing, and an all-payer claims database will soon collect information. What will the implications be for care coordination, quality improvement, and the system overall? This panel will review the trends and discuss the future.

Francis Chan: Executive Director, HHIE

Haley Hsieh: Executive Director, Laulima Data Alliance

Derek Vale: Health Systems Management Office Chief, APCD, DOH


Building a Workforce for Health Care's Evolving Needs

The challenges in health care are getting more complex. So, the workforce needed to address the needs of modern health care must rise to the challenge. This panel of experts will talk through efforts to recruit, prepare and support a workforce for the challenges ahead.

Jean Melnikoff: VP, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente

Kelley Withy: Director, Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center

Carolyn Ma: Dean, School of Pharmacy, The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, UH Hilo


The Increasing Need for Cross-Silo Care Strategies

Our collective awareness is evolving to better understand the opportunities that come from working across the silos that exist in health care today.  An increase in chronic and co-occurring disease states requires more collaboration, not less. Panelists will discuss the challenges, and offer solutions based in experience.

Hilton Raethel: Chief Executive Officer, HAH

Wes Lo: CEO, Hale Makua

David Heywood: Plan President, UnitedHealthCare Community & State

Hon. John Mizuno: Chair, House Health & Human Services Committee (invited)


Trends in Provider Reimbursement and Payment

The manner in which we pay for care is often a driving force in the way we reform the system of care. So, knowing the trends in how the money is flowing in health care today can point to the future of care delivery. This session will talk about the trends and issues in 2018 between payers and their provider partners.

Larry Shapiro: Chief Executive Officer, University Health Partners of Hawaii

Cliff Alakai: Administrator, Maui Medical Group

Heidar Thordarson: Chief Financial Officer, Castle Medical Center


Surveying Health Policy in Other States

Hawaii is a unique health care ecosystem, but there are lessons from other states that can be applied here. This session of health policy experts from the mainland will discuss activities shaping health care in a number of other states and markets.

Colm O'Comartun: Founder, 50 State

Damian O'Doherty: Managing Partner, Kofa Public Affairs


Organizational Leadership During Political Uncertainty

This time of transition challenges leaders to become more creative, more agile, and perhaps more collaborative.  This session of executive leaders from Hawaii’s health care sector will highlight the principles, strategies, and thinking that underpins the organizational leadership in Hawaii’s health care sector today.

Ray Vara: President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health

Mike Stollar: President & Chief Executive Officer, HMSA


Finding Savings from Addressing Social Determinants

It’s now mainstream knowledge that social determinants have an outsized impact on a person or population’s health. However, payment models to support that knowledge, capture savings from it, and which allow for reinvestment still lag in much of the health care sector. This panel will talk through strategies to connect social determinants to a sustainable payment model.

Katherine Keir: Hawaii State Director, myConnections, UnitedHealthcare

Sheri Daniels: Executive Director, Papa Ola Lokahi

Emmanuel Kintu: Chief Executive Officer, Kalihi-Palama Health Center


Employer Lessons from Managing Healthcare Dollars

Employers are the ultimate payer in the commercial and ERISA markets.  So, what are they demanding from the system they pay for?  What are they learning from managing health more actively? This session will discuss the topics employers are addressing as they attempt to better manage cost and quality for their employees.

Adam Weliver: SVP, Employer Solutions, Magellan Health

Howard Lee: CEO, UHA Health


Lunch Keynote: Martin O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland

As governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley led one of the most innovative reform efforts to have been implemented in any state. By moving hospitals to a fixed and predictable payment model, incentives for the organizations were redirected from quantity to a new focus on quality. O’Malley was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, and made health care an important part of his campaign.

Hon. Martin O'Malley: Former Governor, State of Maryland


Capitol Insiders Discuss the 2018 Legislative Session

This is among our most popular, well-attended panels.  Come learn from some of the lobbyists and insiders that will be shaping policy in the 2018 legislative session as they detail their vision and thoughts on the upcoming legislature. Bring your questions as well!]

Gary Slovin: Counsel, Ashford & Wriston

Blake Oshiro: Executive Vice President, Capitol Consultants of Hawaii

Bob Toyofuku: President, Hawaii Advocates


What is the Future Role for Public Health in Hawaii?

The nature of public health is changing in Hawaii, both as a result of system changes from the ACA and in order to proactively respond to the changing dynamics of health in the state.  This panel of experts and visionaries will talk through the road ahead, and offer insight on what we might expect in 2018.

Ginny Pressler, MD: Director, Department of Health


Strategies to Improve Care, Collaboration and Care Management

What is working when it comes to collaboration and care management?  What is hot air?  This session will cut through the impractical and focus on the lessons learned from constructive (and sometimes painful) experience on the topic.

Melinda Ashton, MD: Chief Quality Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health

Shareh Ghani, MD: Vice President & Medical Director, Magellan Health

Rick Bruno, MD: Vice President, Patient Care, The Queen's Medical Center


Making Progress on Value-Based Payment Solutions

Value based payment methodology is moving forward but with mixed enthusiasm and results.  Some entities are willing to engage in VBP but can’t find partners. Others have found success, while still others are staying away. This session will talk through the latest results and activity in the market related to VBP.

Emily Oshima-Lee: Director, Payment Transformation, HMSA

Robert Howey: Director, Toyon Associates

Joan Danieley: President, MDX


Thinking Through the Post-ACA System in Hawaii

Both left and right agree that the ACA has room for improvement with only the range of changes in question. This session will talk through what should come next in Hawaii, particularly in light of continued uncertainty among federal policy makers.

Hon. Gordon Ito: Commissioner, State of Hawaii

Senator Rosalyn Baker: Chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health

Rep. Della Au Belatti: Member, House Health & Human Services Committee

Laura Esslinger: Chief Executive Officer, AlohaCare


Where Homelessness and the Healthcare System Interface

The problem and challenge of housing insecurity continues to grow, continues to challenge our sense of community, and continues to fall short of the needs of individuals in distress. This session will offer some new ideas and talk through legislative approaches to bridge the world of health care with that of housing insecurity.

Hon. Josh Green, MD: Chair, Senate Committee on Human Services

Daniel Cheng, MD: Assistant Chief, Emergency Department, The Queen's Medical Center

Pam Witty Oakland: Director, Dept. of Community Services, Honolulu County


Making Behavioral Health Integration Work in Practice

Some in Hawaii are making steps forward on integrating behavioral and physical health, deriving real experience from the trials and successes related to integration. Come listen to this panel of leaders talk through what to expect as integration gathers more steam in 2018.

Kristin Rajala, PsyD: Director of Behavioral Health, Hilo Residency Program

Briana Duffy: Senior Vice President, Beacon Health Options

Scott Miscovich, MD: Owner, Windward Urgent Care & Primary Care Physicians


Financing Population Health Strategies

Connecting the right payment methodology to support a broad cohort of residents, with both chronic and acute medical needs, can be a tricky proposition.  Transferring risk from payer to provider has its challenges, even if it’s in a shared upside arrangement. This session will discuss the topic, the payment models available, and the infrastructure needed to make it all work.

Robert Hirokawa: Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Primary Care Association

Gerard Livaudais, MD: Vice President, Hawaii Health Partners

Joseph Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, PhD: Chair, Native Hawaiian Health, JABSOM


Afternoon Keynote: An Update from Med-QUEST

This session will run through the agency’s progress in developing a new model of care delivery and financing for Hawaii’s Medicaid system.  Come learn about how this payer will be re-shaping care for Hawaii’s most vulnerable residents.

Judy Mohr Peterson: Med-QUEST Administrator, Hawaii State Dept. of Human Services