Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 Northern California 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 May 9th. 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 Sacramento!


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 this challinging era of health policy and politics.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

8:30 - 9:15

Morning Keynote: A Conversation with Asm. Jim Wood

Assemblymember Jim Wood serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health. In that capacity, and as a health care provider by profession, Asm. Wood is one of the most important voices on health policy in Sacramento. He will discuss his vision for health policy in the months ahead, and talk through the politics of health care in 2019.

Asm. Jim Wood, DDS: Chair, Assembly Health Committee

9:30 - 10:15

Capitol Insiders Discuss the 2019 Legislature

This panel of lobbyists and government relations professionals will dish on what they think are the most important - and interesting - stories to watch from “inside the building.” Bring your questions for what is always a popular session. 

Jim Gross: Partner, Nielsen Merksamer

Erin Levi: Partner, Capital Partners 

Angelo Williams, EdD: Deputy Director, California Black Health Network

9:30 - 10:15

The Future of Medi-Cal

With a looming reprocurement of Medi-Cal in 2020, understanding where the future of the program may lead will be critical. This panel of Medi-Cal experts will offer their thoughts on the road ahead and what that will mean for the market.

Margaret Tatar: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Barsam Kasravi, MD: President, Anthem CA Medicaid

Linnea Koopmans: Government Affairs Director, Local Health Plan of California

9:30 - 10:15

Surveying Strategies for Workforce Development

The demand for health care services continues to outpace the supply of service providers.  This group of experts will discuss some of the strategies underway to meet the workforce needs of California across urban, rural, and suburban regions.

Lupe Alonzo Diaz: CEO, Physicians for a Healthy California

Shannon Suo, MD: Professor and Co-Director Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship, UC Davis Health

10:30 - 11:15

A Policy Run Down with Agency Leaders

This session will feature some of the public sector leaders hard at work implementing the policy vision of the legislature and Gov. Newsom. Bring your questions to this interactive session that will highlight some of the work getting done on the regulatory side of California health policy.

Shelley Rouillard: Director, California Department of Managed Health Care

Charity Dean, MD: Assistant Director, California Department of Public Health 

Stephanie Clendenin: Acting Director, California Department of State Hospitals

Scott Christman: Chief Information Officer, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

10:30 - 11:15

Building a Business Case for the Social Determinants

It is now widely understood that the social determinants of one’s health have at least as much to do with health as does medical care. Yet, rarely does our medical system pay to address these social determinants. Is that starting to change? From Medicare to county-led initiatives, a business case is increasingly getting applied to this challenge in ways that are starting to re-shape care.

Tanya Dansky, MD: VP & Chief Medical Officer, Promise Health Plan

Holly Harper: Director, External Affairs, Sutter Health

Kelly Bennett: CEO, Sacramento Covered

10:30 - 11:15

Where Technology is Taking Health Care

Billions of dollars are being invested into address cost, quality, and access concerns with the use of new technology. Some of that technology is getting welcome reviews. Some might be more trouble than it’s worth. This panel will discuss the trends, stories, and examples of what’s working and will point to some lessons from what isn’t.

Joel Gray: Executive Director, Provider Enablement, Anthem Medicaid

Abner Mason: CEO, ConsejoSano

Jacinda Shelly: CTO, Doctor on Demand

10:30 - 11:15

Are We Making Progress on Affordability?

Thousands of professionals in California are hard at work thinking through strategies to mitigate upward pressure in health care costs. Is it enough? Are we making enough progress? This session will discuss the efforts to drive affordability and explore whether it is enough to push back against a growing political and popular backlash to rising costs.

Andrew Kiefer: Senior Director of Government Affairs, Blue Shield of California

Janus Norman: Senior Vice President, Centers for Government Relations and Political Operations, CMA

Yasmin Peled: Policy Advocate, Health Access California

11:30 - 12:15

Policy Vision: Republicans

This session will feature some of California’s most important health policy voices from the Republican Party, and elevate their vision for health policy in the months and years ahead. Bring your questions to this session that is always a popular one.

Sen. Jeff Stone: Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Health

Asm. Devon Mathis: Vice Chair, Assembly Human Services Committee

Asm. Jim Patterson: Member, Assembly Budget Committee Subcommittee 1, Health and Human Services

11:30 - 12:15

A Review of Mental Health Integration in California

While it is clear that mental health is connected to physical health, it’s also clear that the California system of health care delivery and financing is diverse and varied when it comes to connecting the two. It seems no two regions are addressing integration in quite the same way. Listen in as this panel highlights what’s working - and what isn’t - from across a diversity of perspectives.  

Laura Grossmann: AVP, Account Partnerships, West, Beacon Health Options

Amie Miller, MD: President-Elect, California Behavioral Health Directors Association; Director, Behavioral Health, Monterey County

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

11:30 - 12:15

Measuring Success in the Delegated Model

Transferring risk from plans to providers is a long-standing practice in California managed care and is built on the notion that the ”delegated” model allows for better care and cost savings. But does it?  How is that measured, exactly? This session will take up the topic and discuss varying perspectives on what success looks like. 

Bill Barcellona: Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, APG

Ross McCabe: COO, Optimetra

Sean Atha: SVP, Business & Network Development, River City Medical Group

11:30 - 12:15

Innovations in Hospital Financing

Quietly, proposals are getting floated in the market that would update the manner in which hospitals are getting paid for the care they deliver. This session will explore the manner by which payment is evolving for hospitals, and what that might mean for the communities that they serve.

Anne McLeod: Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Innovation, California Hospital Association

Ann Boynton: Director, Payer Strategies UC Davis

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch Keynote: One on One Keynote Conversations

Some of California’s most important and influential voices in health care and health policy will join DJ Wilson for a conversation on stage. The discussion will cover both market and policy activity in California, and what each of them are watching – from a new gubernatorial administration to shifting economic pressures – as 2019 continues to unfold. 

Dustin Corcoran: CEO, California Medical Association

Elizabeth Mitchell: President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health

Darrell Steinberg: Mayor, City of Sacramento


1:45 - 2:30

Policy Vision: Democrats

This breakout session will feature some of California’s most interesting health policy makers from the more progressive side of the aisle. Bring your questions to what is always an interactive and informative panel on the future of health policy in California. 

Sen. Maria Elena Durazo: Member, Senate Committee on Health

Asm. Wendy Carillo: Member, Assembly Committee on Health

Sen. Bill Monning: Member, Senate Committee on Health (invited)

1:45 - 2:30

Planning for an Aging Population

It is widely known that California’s population is aging- impacting not only older adults but also families and communities alike. This demographic shift will be felt throughout the system –health care, long-term care, housing, transportation, workforce and state financing. Gov. Newsom has made preparing for and addressing population aging a paramount issue for his administration. This session includes some of California’s most influential voices on the topic, and will discuss the planning underway by the administration and the Legislature’s role in preparing for the aging populace.

Richard Figueroa: Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Office of the Governor

Asm. Adrin Nazarian: Chair, Aging and Long Term Care Committee

Sarah Steenhausen: Senior Policy Advisor, SCAN Foundation

1:45 - 2:30

Is It Time To Review the Logic of Network Adequacy?

Technology and tele-health are changing the framework of network adequacy, while concerns about addressing the social determinants may be expanding it. So, is it time to revisit and rework the notion of adequate provider networks?  Some of California’s most well regarded policy thinkers will take up the question and see where the conversation leads.

Mary Watanabe: Deputy Director, Health Policy & Stakeholder Relations, Department of Managed Health Care

Lisa Chan Sawin: Principal, Transform Health

Melissa Borrelli, J.D., LL.M: Senior Manager, Health Care Consulting and Assistant General Counsel, Mazars USA LLP

1:45 - 2:30

Addressing Pharmacy and PBM Issues

As costs from pharmacy continue to rise - both in specialty pharma and among generics - the system is responding with greater urgency. Efforts to mitigate costs and drive transparency sometimes run into patient concerns and access challenges.  This group of senior executives will discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in the discussion. 

Edward Fotsch, MD: CEO, Gemini Health

John Grubbs, R.Ph.: Chief Pharmacy Officer, UC Davis Health 

Maria Lopez, PharmD.: President, Mission Wellness

2:45 - 3:30

Reviewing Policy Options for Universal Coverage

Is the conversation about a single payer model of care in California migrating towards universal coverage. If so, what are the variations in policy and mechanism that the change suggests? This group of advocates and insiders will discuss one of California health policy’s most timely topics.  

Hilary Haycock: CEO, Harbage Consulting

Sarah Hesketh: Senior Vice President, External Affairs, California Association of Public Hospitals

Peter Shih: Senior Manager, Delivery System Planning, San Mateo County Health 

Sara Flocks: Policy Coordinator, California Labor Federation

2:45 - 3:30

Envisioning the Future of Primary Care

In an age of value based payments, social determinants of health, and tele-medicine, the role of primary care is in a tremendous period of change. This session of thought leaders will bring varying viewpoints to the topic, and offer insights about what we might expect from a sector in transition.

L. Gordon Moore, MD: Senior Medical Director, Population & Payment Systems, 3M Health Information Systems

Helen DuPlessis, MD Principal, Health Management Associates

A. Jonathan Porteus, PhD: CEO, WellSpace Health

2:45 - 3:30

Lessons Learned from Value Based Care

What has been learned from “paying for value” in California and other states over recent years?  From global capitation to shared upside, this breakout session will review what has been learned from both successes and setbacks in value based care. Plan on a candid and sometimes “deep dive” conversation. 

Carole Cusack: Vice President, 3M Health Information Systems

Phil Jackson: CEO, Health Plan Products, Sutter Health

Meg Durbin, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Health 

3:45 - 4:30

Afternoon Keynote: Measuring the Impact of Consolidation Vs. Integration

Determining the benchmarks for success of M&A activity in California is a complicated proposition. Are the increased costs common to recent consolidation worth the benefit in return? Can plans and providers demonstrate successful collaborations without merging tax IDs? This panel will explore the topic with candor, drawing upon the speakers’ collective experience.

Anthony Wright: Executive Director, Health Access 

Dolores Yanagihara: Vice President, Analytics and Performance Information, Integrated Healthcare Association

Dr. Stephen Shortell: Professor of the Graduate School, School of Public Health and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Emilio Varanini: Deputy Attorney General, Anti-trust Section, California Department of Justice