Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 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 15th. 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!


8:15 - 8:30

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

8:30 - 9:15

Morning Keynote: San Diego’s “Live Well” Initiative

Nick Macchione has led the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency since 2008, and serves as the Deputy Administrator for the county government that serves 3.4m residents. During this time, Macchione has launched the “Live Well” initiative, convening service agencies, health care organizations, and civic leaders in a collaboration focused on wellness initiatives. Those include co-located integrated behavioral and physical health services, whole person health services, and sophisticated initiatives to address homelessness. 

Nick Macchione: Director and Deputy Administrative Officer, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego 

9:30 - 10:15

Bringing the Social Determinants into the Business of Healthcare

The importance of the social determinants on our health status is now accepted as mainstream opinion. However, finding a business model to support this work remains a significant challenge. This session will explore the progress being made to integrate this new awareness into health care’s more traditional approach to care. 

Laura Esslinger: CEO, AlohaCare

Doug Imig: Evidence and Outcomes Lead, Early Childhood Action Strategy

Pam Coleman:Senior Consultant, Sellers Dorsey

9:30 - 10:15

Building Metrics to Define Quality Outcomes

Measuring quality is fraught with challenges - but is nevertheless hugely important to bringing consistency and improvement to care outcomes. The politics of the topic reflect this challenge, as well. Our panelists will explore the progress being made to develop meaningful benchmarks upon which Hawaii’s health care system can measure its progress.

Leslie Chun, MD: Chief Quality Officer, The Queens Health System

Enrique Terrazas, MD: West Region Medical Director, Quest Diagostics

Dawn Hawkins Johnson: Executive Vice President, COPE Health Solutions

9:30 - 10:15

An Update on the Move to Value in Hawaii

Hawaii has led the country in moving towards a broad system of value based payment methodology. How is that effort going? What has been learned along the way?  These experts will review the success to date, and discuss the education that comes from some of the setbacks. 

Emily Oshima- Lee: AVP, Health Strategy, HMSA

Gerard Livaudais, MD: ACO Executive Director, Hawaii Pacific Health

9:30 - 10:15

The Role of Philanthropy in Catalyzing Reform

Philanthropic funding is playing an increasingly important role in health care. This is the case at the safety net level, but it’s also evident at a more strategic level driving system transformation. Learn about the latest work from philanthropic funders to impact Hawaii’s health care system.

Christine Van Bergeijk: Senior VP for Strategy, Initiatives, and Networks, Hawaii Community Foundation

Amy Asselbaye: Executive Director, HMSA Foundation

Joy Barua: Senior Director, Government & Community Relations, Kaiser Permanente

10:30 - 11:15

How Does Hawaii's Economy Impact Health Here?

If health care services make up only 20% of one’s health, according to studies by Harvard, how does much impact does Hawaii’s economy have on a Hawaii resident’s health? This panel will explore the impact of the economy here - from the sun to the stress - on the health and health care of the islands. 

Beth Giesting: Consultant, Hawaii Policy & Budget (moderator)

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

Representative John Mizuno: Chair, House Committee on Health (invited)

Paul Brubaker: SVP, Bank of Hawaii (invited)

10:30 - 11:15

Intersection of Health Policy & Public Safety

From homelessness to heroin, from mental health to managing SUD, the role of public safety as an important player in Hawaii’s health care system is increasing. This panel of experts will discuss the learnings from an increasingly braided intersection of the two silos.

Heather Lusk: Executive Director, Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center

Caroline Mee, MD: Medical Director, Hawaii Department of Public Safety 

Tivoli Faaumu: Chief of Police, Maui Police Department

10:30 - 11:15

The Strategic Evolution of Plan-Provider Relations

As plans across all lines of business increasingly ask more from their provider partners, the nature of the relationship is evolving rapidly.  It’s not just about contracts anymore.  Learn from a set of leaders that are both thinking about and living in the space where plans and providers intersect.

Harold Wallace: CEO, Bay Clinic/ AHARO

David Heywood: President, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Hawaii

Winne Suen, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Queen's Clinically Integrated Physician Network 

10:30 - 11:15

Strategic Considerations for Workforce Challenges

It’s not getting easier to attract providers to the islands, in spite of all the community offers.  That is forcing a new creativity in the use of community services and mid-level providers to support the care of Hawaii’s ohana. Come explore the innovations taking place to expand access to Hawaii’s health care workforce.

Carl Hinson: Director, Workforce Development, Hawaii Pacific Health

Laura Reichhardt, MS, ARN: Director, Hawaii State Center for Nursing

Jean Melnikoff: VP, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch Keynote: Executive Leadership

This panel of some of Hawaii’s leading healthcare executives will discuss the outlook for 2019, the impacts of health policy on health care market actors, and provide some predictions for what is on the horizon.  Expect a candid discussion from some of the most important voices in Hawaii’s health care system. 

Mike Stollar: President andCEO, Hawaii Medical Services Association

Ray Vara: President and CEO, Hawaii Pacific Health

Kathy Raethel: President and CEO, Adventist Health Castle (invited)

12:45 - 1:30

Getting Strategic About Addressing Homelessness

As the homelessness crisis grows, a number of actors - from the state to health plans and providers to business leaders- are trying to be more thoughtful in their approach to solving the challenge.  Listen as this panel shares strategies currently underway in Hawaii, and opportunities for healthcare providers and businesses to further build coordination and solutions to Hawaii's homeless crisis.

Andy Mounthongdy: Executive Director, H4

Connie Mitchell: CEO, Institute for Human Services

Carla Houser: Founder, Residential Youth Services & Empowerment 

Scott Morishige: Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness, State of Hawaii (moderator)

12:45 - 1:30

Capital Insiders Discuss the 2019 Legislative Session

With the 2019 legislative session around the corner, this session will explore the legislation, issues, and rumors teed up for the coming legislature.  Bring your questions as these insiders will tell you what they really think will happen and what to expect in the halls of the capitol this year.

Melissa Pavlicek: President, Hawaii Public Policy Advocates

Blake Oshiro: Executive Vice President, Capitol Consultants of Hawaii

Bob Toyofuku: President, Hawaii Advocates

12:45 - 1:30

Driving Information Transparency in Hawaii Healthcare

Creating a greater level of transparency in Hawaii's health care system is more easily said than done. And, the challenge of implementation appears to be creating "database fatigue" among stakeholders.  So, how are efforts to develop this transparency mechanism going in Hawaii? This panel of experts will bring attendees up to speed on work to add pricing tools to the marketplace.

Christine Sakuda: Executive Director, Transform Hawaii (moderator)

Hon. Della Au Belatti: Member, House Health & Human Services Committee (invited)

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

Haley Hsieh: Executive Director, Laulima Data Alliance

12:45 - 1:30

The Impact of the Serious Illness: Trends, Costs, and Care

The end of life continues to be a difficult, costly, and uneven experience within the healthcare system. Yet, things are changing.  From palliative care to “right to try,” both regulatory and market actors are working to bring more humanity to a process we’d prefer to avoid dealing with. This discussion will explore the data and trends underpinning a difficult topic. 

Tariq Al Mutawa, MD: Chief Medical Officer, St. Francis Health Care System

Brenda Ho: CEO, Hawai'i Care Choices

Jeannette Koijane, MPH: Executive Director, Kokua Mau

1:45 - 2:30

A System-Level Approach to Substance Abuse

As substance abuse continues to rise, it’s clear part of the upswing is a result of societal and economic pressures.  From pharmaceutical marketing to economic dislocation, there is a system-level context for substance abuse in America. This breakout session will discuss some of the system-level solutions and strategies to address this social ill.

Mouhcine Guettabi, PhD: Associate Professor of Economics, University of Anchorage Alaska 

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

1:45 - 2:30

An Update on the Medicaid Waiver

With approval from CMS, and a Medicaid re-procurement likely on the horizon, this session will update attendees on how the waiver and its implications are unfolding in Hawaii. Come learn about the future of Med-Quest in Hawaii, and where Medicaid is heading in 2019. 

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

1:45 - 2:30

What Does 'Bending the Cost Curve' Mean in 2019?

Moving the health care cost trend closer to inflation continues to be a goal for many health policy leaders. But, what do those cost management strategies look like in 2019, and how are they different than in recent years?  This session will review the topic, and discuss strategies that have worked in Hawaii to bend the trend.

David Watmull: CEO, Cardax

Emmanuel Kintu: CEO, Kalihi- Palama Health Center

Mohit Ghose: Vice President, Beacon Health Options

1:45 - 2:30

Hype or Hope: Innovation in Health Care Tech

Innovation in health care has been promised for decades now.  Some of the promise has come to fruition, though much has not.  This session will parse through the promise and the peril of disruptive change in health care, promoted by many in the market today though delivered by few.

Jennifer Diesman: Senior Vice President, Market & Product Development, HMSA

Kristine Ashcraft: CEO, YouScript

Deborah Birkmire-Peters, PhD: Program Director, Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center

2:45 - 3:30

Afternoon Keynote: An Update From State Leadership

This Executive Keynote Panel will dive into the complex mix of federal, state and local policy making - and Hawaii’s market actors - that will combine to form the context for health policy in 2019. From the legislative policy making to state agency rulemaking, this keynote will close our day with a forward looking conversation about the future of healthcare in Hawaii.

Hon. Josh Green: Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii

Cathy Betts: Deputy Director, Department of Human Services

Bruce Anderson: Director, Department of Health (invited)