Detailed Agenda

Our 2018 Oregon 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 Oregon health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on October 16th. 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!


8:30 - 8:45

Welcome and Introduction

DJ Wilson will kick off the morning with comments that will set the table for the conference, the discussions, and the logistics for the day.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

8:45 - 9:30

Morning Keynote: A View from Washington D.C.

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, labor, and education issues.  He served on the staff of the US Senate and US House of Representatives prior to that.  Capretta has published a series of policy pieces on health care reform and is on the Editorial Board of Health Affairs.

Jim Capretta: Milton Friedman Chair, American Enterprise Institute

9:45 - 10:30

Health Policy and the 2018 Elections

The 2018 state and federal elections in November could mark a significant leftward shift.  The impacts to health policy could be significant as the issue of health care has been elevated among voters anxious about pricing and access concerns. This panel of experts will explore the topic.

Scott Bruun: Managing Principal, Hubbell Communications

Diane Lund: Editor Emeritus, The Lund Report

Mike Riley: President & Research Director, Riley Research Associates

Rick Thomas: Partner, Quinn Thomas

9:45 - 10:30

Integrating the Community Determinants into a Risk, Care Model

Social and community factors clearly impact our health outcomes.  But integrating that knowledge into a care delivery or financing model continues to be a challenge.  This panel will discuss strategies to address these health influences through innovations in payment and care coordination.

Colin Cave, MD: Director, External Affairs, Community Health and Government Relations, Northwest Permanente, PC

Meghan McCarthy, MPH, MBA: System Director, PeaceHealth

Mike Rohwer, MD: CEO, Curandi

9:45 - 10:30

Getting More ROI from Employers' Health Care Spend

With health care costs continuing to rise for employers, a number of firms are demanding more benefit from their health care spend. This session will review the strategies and innovations coming from employers looking to build a more valuable health care system that is responsive to their needs.

Tricia Hecht-Glad: FVP, Producer, Alliant Employee Benefits 

David Lechner: Vice President, Health Management Administrators

Dino Ramzi, MDCM: President, Direct Care Clinics US

9:45 - 10:30

Meeting the Workforce Needs for Oregon's Health Care System

It’s increasingly clear that Oregon’s provider shortages won’t be adequately addressed through workforce development strategies alone.  So, what innovations might we expect to see to develop as Oregon’s population continues to age and demand even more services?  These experts in the field will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the road ahead.

David Kinard: Senior Vice President, Business Development, Physicians Insurance

Robyn Dreibelbis, DO: Chair, Oregon Healthcare Workforce Committee

Marc Overbeck: Director, Primary Care Office, Oregon Health Authority

9:45 - 10:30

A Window into Reform Efforts in Washington State

Oregon’s neighbor to the north has also won a significant 1115 waiver to transform Medicaid.  How is that initiative going?  What lessons can Oregon take from the experience in Washington State?  This group of health care leaders from Washington State will offer their insights on these questions and more.

MaryAnne Lindeblad: Medicaid Director, Washington State Health Care Authority

Alisha Fehrenbacher: Executive Director, Pierce County Accountable Community of Health

Amina Suchoski: Vice President, Growth & Community Development, United HealthCare Community & State

10:45 - 11:30

Policy Leadership: Republicans

Health care continues to be largely a bi-partisan issue, regardless of who is in the majority in Salem.  So, this group of Republican policy makers will likely help to shape the discussion in the 2019 legislative session, regardless of any “blue wave” in November.  They will share their thoughts on the policy debates you’ll be hearing about come next year. 

Rep. Cedric Hayden: Vice Chair, House Committee on Health Care

Rep. Richard Vial: Member, House Committee on Health Care 

10:45 - 11:30

An Update from OHA

The Oregon Health Authority continues to be one of the driving forces of innovation in Oregon Medicaid, with reverberations across commercial and Medicare lines of business.  This session will provide a platform for OHA leaders to offer their thinking on the future of policy and operational issues in the months and years to come.

Leann Johnson: Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, Oregon Health Authority 

Lillian Shirley: Public Health Director, Oregon Health Authority

10:45 - 11:30

Driving Affordability in the Commercial Market

It is clear that bending the cost curve requires a very intentional form of organizational leadership.  It simply isn’t something that happens by inertia.  The experts and thought leaders in this breakout session will offer their experiences and expertise on the topic of addressing costs, and provide some takeaway lessons for other health care leaders

Kristie Putnam: Vice President, Provider Partnership Innovation, Cambia Health Solutions

Alex Rule: Vice President of Sales, Arthur J. Gallagher 

Marc Strickland: Vice President, Wooddruff Sawyer

10:45 - 11:30

The Future of Tech and AI in Health Care

Health care won’t be immune from the fundamental shifts driven by artificial intelligence and advanced technology. This group of thought leaders will discuss the implications to the sector from a rapidly changing set of technologies and what those might mean for the traditional health care model.

Kristine Ashcraft: CEO, YouScript

Joel Barrett: Senior Sales Executive, Unosquare

Steve Datena: Founder & Chief Specialist, AkeLex 

10:45 - 11:30

Linking Investment to Impact in Population Health Management

Understanding how dollars might flow into the system at the level of the social determinants can support a profound shift in how we think about funding health.  Join this group of subject matter experts as they talk through the “hows” of financing upstream investments that result in a population-level improvement in health status.

Craig Enge: SVP, Market Head, Lumeris

Ian Galloway: Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Teresa Wells: Managing Director, Tiedemann Advisors 

11:45 - 12:45

Executive Keynote Panel: The Future of Oregon Healthcare: Promise or Peril?

Our midday executive keynote panel convenes a diverse set of thought leaders from across Oregon’s health care and policy communities.  We’ll take on the challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives to explore both the conflicts and the alignment inherent in Oregon’s health care system.

Jeff Heatherington: Executive Director, The Heatherington Foundation

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson: Chair, Senate Committee on Health Care


Kate Othus: Partner, Aldrich Advisors

Tresa Thomas Massiongale: Chief Investment and Partnership Officer, Bloodworks NW

1:00 - 1:45

Policy Leadership: Democrats

Facing potentially significant gains in the November elections, legislative Democrats are thinking through their policy options for funding and reforming health care in Oregon.  This panel of legislative leaders will bring you up to speed on their thinking for the 2019 legislative session.

Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer: Member, House Committee on Health Care

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson: Chair, Senate Committee on Health Care

Rep. Andrea Salinas: Member, House Committee on Health Care

1:00 - 1:45

What Does Success in Behavioral Health Reform Look Like?

There is a lot of talk in Oregon about improving the behavioral health system, which has included making BH system reform a central premise of the 2012 CCO transformation project. How is that going? How can we measure success? This panel of experts on behavioral health will talk through their answers to this question, and their experience in improving behavioral health.

Brad Anderson, MD: Chief, Department of Addiction Medicine, Kaiser Permanente NW

Mary Monnat: President & CEO, Lifeworks Northwest

Derald Walker, PhD: President & CEO, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare 

1:00 - 1:45

How Medicare will Drive Care Delivery and Payment Reform

CMS is quietly making major changes to Medicare through rule making and payment reform.  The innovations are likely to filter through to the broader health care market with implications to multiple lines of business.  In this review of Medicare activity, these experts will discuss the current and future results of the CMS push towards reform.

Sue Deitz: Vice President, Caravan Health

John Hammarlund: Regional Administrator, CMS, Region X

Justin Valley: Senior Manager, Aldrich Advisors

1:00 - 1:45

"Deliberate Disruption": Strategies to Jolt Health Care

From both within the industry and external to it, efforts to disrupt the business model of health care are gaining stream. Are the ambitions being met with reality?  Industry observers from across the technology and health care ecosystem will discuss the trends and lessons from health care disruptors.

Hannelore Buckenmeyer: Vice President, Strategy & Market Development, Wildflower Health

Brian DeVore: CEO, Sift Consulting

Dave Sanders, MD: Co-Founder and CEO, ZoomCare

1:00 - 1:45

The Future Policy Framework for Pharmacy

Balancing the “miracles” of future innovations in medicine with the realities of financial sustainability is an effort that likely requires both market forces and policy interventions.  Leaders from both the public and private sectors will explore the topic in a session that will likely presage discussions coming in 2019.

Lisa Joldersma: Senior VP, Policy & Research, PhRMA

Ted Falk: Senior Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice

Scott Fry: Senior Associate, Willis Towers Watson

2:00 - 2:45

Salem Insiders Look Ahead to the Legislative Session

In what is always one of our more popular panels, this session of lobbyists and government relations professionals will discuss their expectations for the 2019 legislative session, and the shape of the policy debates to come.  Bring your questions!

Jessica Adamson: Director of Government Relations, Providence Health & Services 

Courtni Dresser: Director of Government Relations, Oregon Medical Association

Jennifer Stoll: VP, Government Affairs, OCHIN

Ashlen Strong: Director, Public Policy & Communications, HealthShare

2:00 - 2:45

CCO 2.0: Care Delivery and Financing

After considerable time, attention and money invested in building CCOs, the OHA is looking to move the system towards a more effective, more accountable model of care delivery and financing.  Learn where the 2019 re-procurement is heading and what to expect from policy changes as the model matures.

Lindsey Hopper, JD: Vice President, Medicaid, PacificSource Health Plans

Sean Jessup: Director, Medicaid Programs, Moda Health 

Jeremy Vandehey: Director, Health Policy & Analytics, Oregon Health Authority

2:00 - 2:45

The Evolution of Plan-Provider Relations

Relationships between plans and providers is continuing to evolve.  What used to be a relatively binary choice of PPO or HMO models, providers are now engaged across a range of relationships with payers and plans.  These practitioners of contracting, network management, and payer strategy will offer their thoughts on what’s to come.

Richard Jamison, MD: President-Elect, The Oregon Clinic 

Nicole Latimer: CEO, Staywell

Kim Whitley: COO, Samaritan Health Plan 

2:00 - 2:45

Leading Hospitals in 2018 and Beyond

The hospital ecosystem continues to be a complex one, with policy and financing pressures from federal, state, and community stakeholders. This experience ranges from the small public hospital to the large health system. These leaders will share their thinking and expectations for what’s over the horizon for hospitals.

Dennis Burke: CEO, Good Sheperd Medical Center

Andy VanPelt: Executive Vice President, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Jeff Absalon, MD: Executive Vice President, St. Charles Medical Center (invited)

2:00 - 2:45

Where Housing and Health Care Intersect

It is becoming increasingly clear that stable housing is a prerequisite for good health. As the health care and housing sectors increasingly intersect, opportunities for collaboration are growing. Explore the possibilities here with this panel of market actors and policy experts.

Denny Doyle: Mayor, City of Beaverton

Sean Hubert: Chief Housing & Strategy Officer, Central City Concern

Amanda Antenucci: Clinical Services Manager, Outside In

3:00 - 3:45

Afternoon Keynote: A Conversation about the Future of Oregon Health Care

Pat Allen is the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.  In that capacity, he leads the largest purchaser of health care services in the state, including Medicaid and public employees. He is also one of Governor Brown’s leading voices for health reform and health policy.  Allen will provide an overview of OHA activities, including the CCO reprocurement and the OHA vision for health policy and financing in the 2019 legislative session. 

Pat Allen: Director, OHA