Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 Colorado 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 Colorado health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on October 30th. 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 Denver!



Welcome and Introduction

This opening session will kick off the day with comments framing the conference agenda and the role State of Reform hopes to play in a new era of policy and politics.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform 


Morning Keynote: Defining the Problem We're Trying to Solve

John Kitzhaber, MD, is the former governor of the State of Oregon.  He was elected four times to the office, rising to be named Modern Healthcare’s #2 most influential health care leader in America.

While governor, he instituted a number of reforms of Oregon Medicaid, positioning the state as a national leader on balancing cost, quality and access.  That included the Care Coordination Organization model, which earned $1.9 billion in federal waiver funds.  The model was effectively a per-capita “block grant,” trading increased flexibility for a commitment to fix medical trend at 3.4%.

As Colorado continues to explore various expansion options, Oregon’s reforms may offer ideas for balancing fiscal responsibility with improving the health of Coloradans across the state.

John Kitzhaber, MD: Former Governor, State of Oregon


Capitol Insiders Discuss Health Policy and Politics

Sixty percent of all of the legislation introduced in the 2019 session attempted to reform Colorado health care.  From a public option to reinsurance, come listen to this group of insiders look back on the session, and discuss policy options on the road ahead.

Rebecca Weiss: Senior Director, Government Relations, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

Katherine Mulready: Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Colorado Hospital Association 

Chris Howes: Partner, The Howes Group 


Reviewing the Data: Health Care in Colorado

In the last decade, Colorado’s growth in economy and demography has changed the character of the state, and the health of the population here.  This session will review the data and trends of health in Colorado to set a baseline for much of the conversation later in the conference.  

Ana English: President and Chief Executive Officer, CIVHC

Jimmy Sengenberger: President and Chief Executive Officer, Millennial Policy Center 

Elizabeth Garner: State Demographer, State Demography Office 

Jeff Bontrager: Director of Research on Coverage and Access, Colorado Health Institute


Connecting Housing & Health Care

The connection between housing security and health security is increasingly clear. It’s difficult to have one without the other. This panel of thought leaders will connect the dots between the topics, and point to the extraordinary work getting done in the space.

Rep. Lois Landgraf: Member, Public Health Care and Human Services Committee 

Elena Wilken: Executive Director, Housing Colorado 

Ian McMahon: Director of Policy and External Affairs, Connect for Health Colorado 


Strategies for Hospital Innovation

This panel of executives will offer their strategic vision and thinking for leading hospital organizations in 2019 and beyond.  They will offer their unique leadership insights with a review of innovations in the space, policy pressures forcing change, and new collaborations that offer pathways forward. 

Robin Deterding, MD: Medical Director, Center for Innovation, Children's Hospital Colorado 

Peter Kung: System Vice President, Innovation and Virtual Health, SCL Health 

Jennifer Wiler, MD: Founder & Executive Director, UCHealth CARE Innovation Center

Nicolle Patten-Clark: Senior Consultant, Sia Partners (moderator) 


Learning from the Success of Other States

Improving the health care system is sometimes easier said than done.  Although Colorado is leading the way in many initiatives, learning from successes in other states is beneficial. This panel features key policymakers from other states that Colorado might learn from as it moves its system forward.  

Rep. Jim Dunnigan: Chair, Utah Health Reform Task Force

Sen. David Frockt: Vice Chair, Washington Senate Appropriations Committee

Charles Smith: Former Commissioner, Texas Health & Human Services Commission and President & Chief Executive Officer, Charles R. Smith Consulting, LLC


The Evolution of Plan-Provider Relations

As pressures mount to control costs and drive quality outcomes, the nature of the relationship between plans and providers continues to change. This session will highlight the new elements, conversations, and contracts between these two sectors of the Colorado health care system.

Janet Pogar: Regional Vice President, Provider Solution, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

Chris Thomas: President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital 

Nanci Robertson: Consultant, Robertson Consulting, Inc.

Lisa Price, MD: Senior Medical Director, Physician Health Partners


Integrating Correctional Health into the Broader System

The correctional system is a major provider of health care, particularly mental health and substance abuse. Yet, cross-silo connections into the civilian health care world are new, if growing. Learn about how the public safety world is increasing integration with the health care system, and what lessons can be drawn from this work.

Vincent Atchity: President and Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Colorado 

Lt. Staci Shaffer: Lieutenant, Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Jail Projects and Compliance Section 

Jagruti Shah: Director, Forensic Services, Colorado Department of Human Services

Bren Manaugh: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)


Building a 21st Century Workforce

We know the demands of the future health care system will require a different workforce than the system of the past. It will also simply take more folks in the workforce as our population grows. This panel of experts will discuss the implications of these shifts, and the work underway to build the workforce of the future. 

Amelia Reinkensmeyer: Chief People Officer, CORHIO

Brian Turner: Chief Executive Officer, Sol Vista Health 

Linda Osterlund: Academic Dean, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Regis University


Policy Vision: Democrats

This panel will feature Democratic members of the Legislature who offer their vision for policy solutions to some of Colorado’s most vexing policy challenges. Join what is always an energetic conversation about some of the policy options on the table for the state.

Sen. Kerry Donovan: Majority Whip, Colorado State Senate 

Rep. Dylan Roberts: Chair, Capital Development Committe and Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee

Rep. Susan Lontine: Chair, House Health and Insurance Committee

Rep. Julie McCluskie: Chair, Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance


Update from HCPF

This session will tee up some of the most thoughtful leaders from Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  Come to this session with your questions for what should be an active conversation about the work state government leaders are doing on behalf of Coloradans’ health.

Kim Bimestefer: Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing 

Tom Massey: Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing  


Learning from the Integration of Behavioral Health

The stresses on the mental health system vary across the state, as do the responses. This panel of leaders from across Colorado’s behavioral health community will discuss their work, their observations, and their expectations for a sector that continues to be challenged.

Gina Lasky, PhD: Principal, Health Management Associates

Lisa Clements, PhD: Vice President, Population Health, Beacon Health Options 

Sharon Raggio: President and Chief Executive Officer, Mind Springs Behavioral Health 

Frank Degruy, MD: Physician, University of Colorado Hospital 


Health Reform in the Courts

With shifting legal strategies playing out within states and federal courts, it’s hard to keep up.  Moreover, with increases in regulatory burdens, statutory changes, and administrative liabilities, compliance threats continue to rise. The panel of experts will discuss the shifting legal ground in health care today.

Carol Hedges: Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute 

Jennifer Weaver: First Assistant to the Attorney General, Attorney General's Office 

Brian Betner: Attorney, Hall Render 


Lunch Keynote: A View of Health Care from the Attorney General

Hon. Phil Weiser is the Attorney General for the State of Colorado. Prior to his election, Weiser served in the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice. Weiser also led the  University of Colorado Law School as its Dean from 2011-16. Attorney General Weiser will join us for a conversation about health policy, the status of health care in the courts, and what Coloradans might expect from his office in the future. 

Hon. Phil Weiser: Attorney General, State of Colorado 


Lunch Keynote: One-on-One Conversations

This portion of our lunch program features a series of short “One on One Conversations” with some of Colorado’s most interesting thought leaders in health care today. We’ll learn about their leadership style, their agenda for reform, and their approach to working across silos in Colorado health care today. 

Michael Conway: Commissioner of Insurance, State of Colorado 

Rep. Jonathan Singer: Chair, Public Health and Human Services Committee 


Policy Vision: Republicans

Some of the leading Republican legislators from across Colorado will join us for this panel to offer their thoughts on the session, on the interim and on the politics of health care in 2020. Bring your questions to what is always an engaging discussion!

Rep. Colin Larson: Member, Public Health Care and Human Services Committee 

Sen. Bob Rankin: Member, Joint Budget Committee, Appropriations


Price Transparency and Fostering Consumerism in Health Care

The cost of care has been at the center of health care conversation in Colorado.  This session will review the work underway to measure value and drive consumer engagement in the state.  It will also review the lessons which might be drawn from their work. 

Adela Flores-Brennan: Executive Director, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative 

Robert Smith: Executive Director, Colorado Business Group on Health 

Cari Frank: Vice President of Communication and Marketing, CIVHC

Claire Brockbank: Partner, Segue Consulting (moderator)


A Year 1 Review of RAE's

Phase two of Colorado’s Medicaid reform efforts began last summer with the implementation of Regional Accountable Entities--RAEs. This session convenes experts who have been at the forefront of implementation efforts to discuss the status of these coordinated care efforts.

Patrick Gordon: President & Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Health Plan

Gretchen McGinnis: Senior Vice President of Health Care Systems, Colorado Access 

Mitzi Moran: Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Community Health and Vice-Chair, Northeast Health Partners

Mara Baer: Founder and President, AgoHealth (moderator)


Health Care and the 2020 Elections

Health care has been a key focus of the 2020 Democratic nomination process. That central role is likely to continue as the primary season moves towards the general election. This panel of national and local experts will review the 2020 elections, and talk through how health care will continue to play as a policy issue.

Colm O'Comartun: Principal, 50-State

David Silverstein: Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lean Methods Group


The Future of Federal Health Policy

The shifting nature of federal policy continues to be impactful at the state and local level - both with innovative reforms in rule making and with polarization in Congress. Three of Colorado’s most thoughtful policy observers will offer their insights on the subject and where things may be headed in 2020.

Mark Galvin: President and Chief Executive Officer, MMS Anaytics Inc., MyMedicalShopper 

Damian O'Dougherty: Founder & Managing Partner, KO Public Affairs

Generra Peck: Principal, GuidePost Strategies

Billy Wynne: Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wynne Health Group (moderator) 


Policy and Market Solutions to Address Cost Pressures

We know that the cost of health care in Colorado is high. We know that this is even more apparent in some of the rural, and mountain areas of the state. In this session, three experts from different parts of the state will assess the status of the high cost of care, and discuss solutions to mitigate the impacts. 

Ned Breslin: Chief Executive Officer, Tennyson Center 

Tamara Drangstveit: Executive Director, Peak Health Alliance 

Monica VanBuskirk: Chief Policy and Relationships Officer, Connect for Health Colorado 


Putting the Social Determinants into a Business Model

Connecting the increasingly common knowledge that social determinants are meaningful to one’s health status to a sustainable business model in health care today is not easily done.  This session will discuss what has been learned from recent years of innovations and experiments to address societal causes of poor health.

Darlene Tad-y, MD: Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Colorado Hospital Association 

Doug McCarthy: Senior Research Director, The Commonwealth Fund 

Kathryn Jantz: Accountable Health Communities Model Director, Rocky Mountain Health Plan


Preparing for Colorado's Aging Population

We know that the number of people aging into government health care is increasing. And, as the number of folks requiring elderly care increases, it will take a thoughtful market and policy approach to serve this demographic. This panel will feature experts working across silos to prepare for the consequences of Colorado’s aging population. 

Douglas Rex: Executive Director, Denver Regional Council of Governments 

Andrea Kuwik: Policy Analyst, Bell Policy Center 

Lisa Price, MD: Senior Medical Director, Physican Health Partners


Executive Keynote Panel: Driving Value out of Colorado's Health Care System

Some of the more interesting and insightful leaders at the cutting edge of value in health care will join our closing keynote session.  This cross-silo discussion will feature trends in pricing, measuring quality, and in those contracts which exist at the nexus between plans and providers.

Art Jones, MD: Principal, Health Management Associates 

Sen. Angela Williams: Chair, Business, Labor and Technology Committee 

Christopher Gessner: President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus