Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of almost 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 Texas health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on September 12th. 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 Dallas!



Welcome and Introduction

This opening session will kick off the day with a welcome from the Mayor of the City of Irving, Hon. Rick Stopfer. DJ Wilson will follow comments framing the conference agenda, and the role State of Reform hopes to play in this challenging era of health policy and politics.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

Hon. Rick Stopfer: Mayor, City of Irving 

8:30 - 9:15

Morning Keynote: One on One Conversations

Our Morning Keynote session will feature three unique leaders, approaching the challenge of health reform from diverse perspectives. DJ Wilson will conduct the interviews, which will be informal, fast paced discussions about the state of health care reform in 2019.

Fred Cerise: CEO, Parkland Health and Hospital System

Fred Schuster: Regional Director, US Dept. of HHS, Region VI

Clay Jenkins: Judge, Dallas County

9:30 - 10:15

Update from HHSC

Two of the HHSC’s most important leaders will join this session to provide updates on their work to reform and improve the Texas safety net. Bring your questions to what is always an important and well attended session.

Kelly Garcia: Deputy Executive Commissioner for Health, Developmental and Independence Services, HHSC

Stephanie Muth: Deputy Executive Commissioner, Medicaid & CHIP Services, HHSC

9:30 - 10:15

Strategies to Build the Next Health Care Workforce

We know that the demands in the health care system of the future will require a different workforce than the one of the last generation. It will also simply take more folks in the workforce as our population grows. This panel will discuss the implications of these shifts and strategies to address the challenge.

Tamara Eades DNP, MSN, RN: President Elect, Texas Nurses Association

Kathleen Manella, PT PhD: Associate Professor / Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Laurie Bouillion Larrea: President, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas


9:30 - 10:15

The Policy, Legal and Market Response to Opioids

As lawsuits, policy reactions and market responses accumulate, what have we learned about the opioid crisis? What does it say about the challenges of health care in 2019? This group of thought leaders will discuss their work and how it may inform answers to these questions.

JoDee Neil: Attorney, Simon Greenstone Panatier

Glenn Hardesty, DO: Medical Director, Physician Leadership Council, Texas Health Resources

Brett Roth, MD: Medical Director, North Texas Poison Center, UT Southwestern

9:30 - 10:15

Why is the Uninsured Rate Going Up?

We continue in the longest period of economic growth in US history. So, why is the uninsured rate climbing up? Are there structural economic reasons, or perhaps more nuance political issues at play? This session of experts will explore this new phenomena and the implications for the market and policy makers.

Jack Hooper: Co-Founder and CEO, Take Command Health 

Anne Dunkelberg: Associate Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities

10:30 - 11:15

The Shifting Nature 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 DFW’s most thoughtful policy observers will offer their insights on the subject and where things may be headed in 2020.

Frank McStay: Senior Policy Advisor, Baylor Scott and White

Mark Rust: Vice-Chairman, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP 

Merrill Matthews: Policy Scholar, Institute for Policy Innovation

David Balat: Director of Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Institute

10:30 - 11:15

Connecting Health Care and Homelessness

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.

Christina Mintner: Vice President & Project Director, HOMES, Parkland Hospital

Kenneth Wilson: President & CEO, Haven for Hope

Larry James: CEO, City Square

10:30 - 11:15

How Population Health Varies Across Demographic

In the last decade, we’ve gotten much smarter about how to manage the health of populations, and how strategies will vary across demography and geography. This session will review these learnings and highlight the progress coming on the road ahead.

Sherry Cusumano: Vice President of Community Education, Medical City Green Oaks Dallas 

Dr. Joann Schulte: Chief Physician, Houston Health Department 

Sushma Sharma: Director of Community, Public and Population Health, DFWHC Foundation 

10:30 - 11:15

Bringing Transparency to the Cost of Care

With policy increasingly driving transparency faster than the market is moving, a natural tension is arising. Come learn about the innovation that is resulting from this tension in the space where regulator and regulated meet, and what the impacts will be for Texas.

Paul Hain, MD: Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas 

Jack Hooper: Co-Founder and CEO, Take Command Health 

Carrie de Moor: CEO, Code 3 Emergency Partners

11:30 - 12:15

Policy Leadership: Republicans

Some of the leading Republican legislators from across Texas 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!

Sen. Kelly Hancock: Chair, Senate Business & Commerce Committee

Rep. Bill Zedler: Member, House Public Health Committee

11:30 - 12:15

New Models of Care Coordination

Managing patient care can vary across income, lines of business, age, and culture. Put simply, it’s not an easy process. Learn from folks who have been working in this field for years across varied experiences and perspectives as these leaders share their insights.

Ricardo Martinez: Chief Medical Officer, Adeptus

Kenya Woodruff: Attorney, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Karim Kaissi: General Manager, CareMore Health

11:30 - 12:15

System-Level Improvements to Mental Health

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

Carol Lucky: CEO, North Texas Behavioral Health Authority 

Bonnie Cook: Executive Director, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas 

Celeste Johnson: Vice President of Nursing, Parkland Health 

11:30 - 12:15

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, too. This session will highlight the new elements, conversations, and contracts between these two pieces of the Texas health care system.

Art Jones: Principal, Health Management Associates

Josh Lewis: Partner, Health Care Consulting Practice, Moss Adams

12:30 - 1:30

Executive Lunch Keynote Panel: The Future of Texas Health Care

This panel features a moderated conversation with some of the most impactful, most thoughtful leaders in Texas health care and health policy. They come together to offer different perspectives on the question of what is to come in Texas health care.

Sen. Nathan Johnson: Member, Texas Senate

Charles Smith: Former Commissioner, HHSC

Christian Puff: Attorney, Hall Render

W. Stephen Love: CEO, Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council (moderator)

1:45 - 2:30

Policy Leadership: Democrats

This panel will feature Democratic members of the Legislature who join us to offer their vision for policy solutions to some of the challenges facing Texas health care. Join what is always an energetic conversation about the policy options on the table for the state.

Rep. Nicole Collier: Chair, House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

Rep. John Turner: Member, House Appropriations Commitee

1:45 - 2:30

Improving Maternal and Child Health in Texas

The health status of Texas’s mothers and children is poor, with a continued lack of clarity about why that is the case. Yet, work is underway to improve these outcomes with meaningful progress on both infrastructure and outcomes. This session will discuss what we know, and what we’re learning about improving a difficult situation.

Arielle Kane: Director, Health Care, Progressive Policy Institute

Jill McLeigh: Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children's Medical Center Dallas

Michele Rountree: Founder, Black Mamas ATX

1:45 - 2:30

Putting a Business Model to the Social Determinants

The social determinants have an outsized impact on one’s health. So, how do we use that knowledge within a sustainable business model to address health status and outcomes? These leaders will offer their best thinking on what is an increasingly important conversation in health reform.

Kristin Tesmer: CEO, Dallas Medical Resources

Trenor Williams, MD: Founder & CEO, Socially Determined

Marcie Rohleder: Director, Medical Group Partner Development, The Studer Group

1:45 - 2:30

Care Coordination Spanning the Community System of Care

The correctional system is a major provider of health care, particularly for mental health and substance use disorders, and communities are challenged to address the needs of people with these conditions. At the same time, community response to behavioral health crisis and homelessness are increasingly taxing resources.  Emerging strategies for coordinated response across the sectors of health care, public safety, and the criminal justice system are showing promise for improving outcomes and reducing costs.  

Bren Manaugh: Prinicpal, HMA

Carissa Dougherty: Director, Office of Mental Health Coordination, Health & Human Services Commission

Jennie Simpson, PhD: Senior Drug Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Catie Bailick: Criminal Justice Manager, Arnold Ventures

2:45 - 3:30

Capitol Insiders Review the 2019 Legislature

These three panelists are among the most prominent and influential health policy advocates in Austin. This session will hear from them as they review the 2019 session, the work taking place in the interim, and early observations on the 2020 elections starting to take shape.

Nora Belcher: Executive Director, Texas e-Health Alliance

Ryan Clay: Principal, Texas Star Alliance

John Hawkins: SVP, Government Relations, Texas Hospital Association

2:45 - 3:30

Driving Reform on the ACA Framework

With Congressional Republicans unable to “repeal and replace” it, the ACA will be the framework upon which reform continues to build in the US.  From extending benefits to new mothers to pulling down funds in the waiver, this session will discuss what is possible within the current policy context.

Janie Bordner: President and CEO, Community Council of Greater Dallas

Ruby Blum: Health Policy Advisor, Office of the County Judge, Dallas County

Stacey Pogue: Senior Policy Analyst, Health and Wellness Team, Center for Public Policy Priorities (invited)

2:45 - 3:30

Surveying County-Led Success Stories

Two of Texas’s most important county health leaders join this unique panel to highlight their work in Dallas and Harris County.  This is a unique panel discussion where both leaders have graciously made themselves available to discuss, listen and learn with one another and our attendees.

Phillip Huang, MD: Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services Department 

Umair Shah: Director, Harris County Public Health

3:45 - 4:30

Afternoon Keynote: HHS’s Vision for Technology-Driven Innovation

Ed Simcox is the Chief Technology Officer for the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. In that capacity, he is involved some of the more interesting policy and market activity in the country. From driving price transparency to interoperable patient records, Simcox will discuss HHS’s vision for a technology-enabled health care system and it’s value proposition to communities and patients.

Edwin Simcox: Chief Technology Officer, HHS