Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 Los Angeles 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 California health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on September 18th. 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 Los Angeles!


8:15 - 8:30

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 

8:30 - 9:15

Morning Keynote: A Conversation with Asm. Lorena Gonzalez

Lorena Gonzalez is a Democrat representing the San Diego area in the California Assembly. She chairs the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is one of the legislature’s more influential voices. Asm. Gonzalez joins this morning session to provide a recap on the 2019 session, and her plans for the months ahead.

Asm. Lorena Gonzalez: Chair, Appropriations

9:30 - 10:15

Capitol Insiders Reflect on the 2019 Legislature

Knowing what’s happening - and what’s about to - in the Capitol requires relationships, sources, and experience. This panel of government relations professionals will provide the inside story of the 2019 legislative session, and will shine a light on the policy pathway ahead.

Kassy Perry: President & Chief Executive Officer, Perry Communications

Katie Heidorn: Government Affairs Advocate, Health Net

Tim Valderrama: Managing Director, Weideman Group

9:30 - 10:15

Why is California's Uninsured Rate Going Up?

During America’s longest economic expansion on record, the uninsured rate nevertheless is inching upwards, in spite of everything we think we know about economic success and health coverage. Why is that? This group of experts will explore the question at the cutting edge of health policy.

Cynthia Buiza: Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center

Maria Lemus: Executive Director, Vision y Compromiso

Richard Thomason: Director of Policy, Blue Shield of California Foundation

9:30 - 10:15

A Survey of County-Led Reforms

The range of diversity of reform efforts across California’s counties is broad. This breakout session will feature some of those initiatives, and bring you up to speed on some of the more interesting stories of reform happening at the county level.

Clemens Hong,MD: Director, Whole Person Care, LA County Department of Health Services

Luke Bergmann: Director of Behavioral Health, County of San Diego

Michelle Schneidermann, MD: Medical Director, Alameda Alliance for Health

9:30 - 10:15

Putting a Business Model Around the Social Determinants

The role of social determinants on our health status is now commonly understood. However, it’s still not entirely clear how to integrate that knowledge into a sustainable financing and care model. This session will discuss the topic, what we’ve learned, and what it teaches us for the future.

Tanya Dansky, MD: Chief Medical Officer, BlueShield Promise Health Plan 

Francisco Oaxaca: Senior Director, Communications & Community Relations, LA Care 

Leepi Shimkhada: Director of Housing for Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Housing for Health

10:30 - 11:15

Legal and Compliance Threats in Health Care

From lawsuits heading to the US Supreme Court, to DHCS demanding greater accountability in Medi-Cal, the range of threats to plans and providers is increasing. This adds complexity and increases the potential downside. This panel will review those threats and offer suggestions to mitigate them.

Kathleen Boergers: Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice

David Panush: President, California Health Policy Strategies

Gabriel Ravel: General Counsel, California Health & Human Services Agency 

10:30 - 11:15

The Future of Interoperabilty in Southern California

Between federal mandates and market demands, data sharing and interoperability is taking on new momentum in health care.  This session will review the policy and regulatory directives recently put in place, and what both health care organizations and health care consumers might expect to see change as a result.

Ali Mondaressi: Executive Director, LANES LA

Mark Elson, PhD: Principal, Intrepid Ascent

Lisa Matsubara, JD: Legal Counsel, Center for Legal Affairs, California Medical Association

10:30 - 11:15

The Experience of this Waiver and How It Informs the Next

As California nears the end of this waiver, it’s useful to review what did and didn’t meet expectations.  Moveover, as stakeholder engagement begins for the next waiver, this session will discuss how California can leverage the best learnings from the last five years in preparation for the next.

Jackie Bender: Vice President, Policy, California Association of Public Hospitals 

Linnea Koopmans: Director, Government Relations, Local Health Plans of California

Lisa Chan Sawin: Principal, Transform Health 

Anil Shankar: Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP (moderator)

10:30 - 11:15

Developing Multi-Cultural Competency Across Cohorts and Communities

As California continues to diversify, systems and infrastructure are being built to match that cultural diversity. This panel of experts will discuss the nuances of providing care across diverse demographics, and what we might learn from each other by developing greater cultural fluency in health care.

John O'Connor: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Kellie Todd Griffin: Director of Community Engagement, Promise Health Plan Blue Shield

Abner Mason: Chief Executive Officer, ConsejoSano

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch Keynote

This plenary session will include a series of “One on One” conversations with some of the more thoughtful leaders in California’s health care ecosystem. We’ll learn about what is commanding their attention, where they look for the next trends, and what they make of the future of California health care.

John Baackes: Chief Executive Officer, LA Care 

Don Crane: Chief Executive Officer, America's Physician Groups

Louise McCarthy: President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

12:45 - 1:30

The Future of Population Health in California

The manner by which population health is managed, funded and delivered in California is shifting. From technology to care coordination, we have a broader window into health at both the community and individual levels. This group of experts will update attendees on the latest in population health.

Barsam Kasravi: President, Anthem CA Medicaid

Melinda Raymond: Vice President, Sharecare

Natalie Chau: Director, Market Development, Lumeris

12:45 - 1:30

The Evolution of Plan-Provider Relations

The relationships between plans and providers have evolved in recent years, as reimbursement pressures, narrow networks, and public concerns over pricing have pressured the two parties to find new ways of working together. Come listen to these market leaders who are in the room during the tough conversations on this subject.

Demetria Malloy, MD: Senior Medical Director, Anthem Blue Cross

Sarah Summer, JD: Chief Executive Officer, California Physician Services Organization, California Medical Association

Hector Flores, MD: Medical Director, Family Care Specialists Medical Group

12:45 - 1:30

Fostering Transformational Leadership in Health Care

The demands of health care in 2019 require a different kind of leadership than previously. From technology to value-based care, this session will offer insights into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s dynamic health care ecosystem.

Andrew Jahn: President, Southern CA Region, Adventist Health

June Simmons: Chief Executive Officer, Partners in Care Foundation

C. Freeman, MD: President, LA County Medical Association

Julie Elginer, DrPH: Assistant Adjunct Professor, Health Policy & Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (moderator)

12:45 - 1:30

Building Connections Between Health Care and Homelessness

As homelessness continues to grow as a stain on California’s economic growth, the impact of health care - both as a cause and a solution to housing insecurity - is increasingly well understood. This group of leaders will explore the topic, from “housing first” to public health concerns. 

Beau Hennemann: Director, Special Programs, Anthem Blue Cross

Charles Robbins: Principal, Health Management Associates

Elizabeth Boyce: Director of Access, Referral and Engagement, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Housing for Health

1:45 - 2:30

How Health Policy Will Play in the 2020 Democratic Nomination

It’s clear that health care is a top concern among Democratic voters in next year’s presidential nomination. What isn’t clear is the final shape any health reform policy will take, and how feasible those reforms might be. From Medicare for All to pharmaceutical pricing, this session will connect the policy questions to the political reality.

April Verrett: President, SEIU Local 2015

Michael Torra: Managing Principal, California, The Raben Group

Steve Tarzynski, MD: Board Chair, California Physicians Alliance

Mohit Ghose: Vice President, Government Relations, Beacon Health Options (moderator)

1:45 - 2:30

Measuring the Costs of Market Consolidation

As plans and providers continue to align and merge with one another, it is shifting the broader marketplace in meaningful, if subtle ways. This session will hear from a range of speakers tackle the elephant in the room: is consolidation delivering on the promise or adding to the strain on the system?

Josh Axene: Partner and Consulting Actuary, Axene Health Partners

Sammy Chang,JD: Health Policy Researcher, The Source of Healthcare & Pricing Competition, UC Hastings Project

1:45 - 2:30

Lessons from Behavioral Health Integration

While regulatory impediments continue, many regions are moving forward with some form of integration of behavioral health into the broader system. From whole person care to co-locating providers, this session will discuss the strategies being implemented today and the lessons from doing the work.

Richard Sanchez: Agency Director, Orange County Health Care Agency

Sara Gavin, LMFT: Chief Behavioral Health Officer, CommuniCare Health Center

Takashi Wada, MD: Director of Population Health, Inland Empire Health Plan

Kara Carter: SVP, Strategy & Programs Staff, California Health Care Foundation (moderator)

1:45 - 2:30

What We Now Know About Care Coordination Strategies

How we coordinate care for populations and patients is shifting. As organizations learn more about working across silos, new ways of caring for one another are taking shape. This session will explore the topic with insights from a range of seasoned experts. 

Laura Grossmann: Assistant Vice President, Client Partnerships, Beacon Health Options

Carmen Ibarra: Chief Executive Officer, The Achievable Foundation

Ester Sefilyan: Vice President, Network Services, Partners in Care Foundation

2:45 - 3:30

Afternoon Keynote: A Market & Policy Intelligence Report

DJ Wilson will present his market and policy intelligence insights for the California health care market in what has become a “can’t miss” presentation. With a slide deck of more than 100 slides, it’s a whirlwind of information, analysis and insight that is unique to State of Reform.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform