Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 Oregon 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 Oregon health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on November 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 Portland!


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 

8:45 - 9:30

Morning Keynote

Robin Gelburd leads FAIR Health, an independent national nonprofit which collects data for and manages the nation’s largest database of privately billed health insurance claims. Gelburd has come out from New York City to share cost data on Oregon’s health care system. FAIR Health is known for its commitment to transparency and for making actionable data available in innovative ways to all stakeholders in the health care community.

Robin Gelburd: President, FAIR Health

9:45 - 10:30

Salem Insiders Connect Politics and Policy

In what is always one of our more popular panels, this session of lobbyists and government relations professionals will discuss their expectations for the 2020 legislative session, and the shape of the policy debates to come. Bring your questions!

Sean Kolmer: Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Michael Becker: Vice President, Government Relations, PacificSource Health Plans

Anne Bryant: Chair, Legislative Committee, Oregon Liability Reform Coalition

9:45 - 10:30

An Update from OHA

The Oregon Health Authority continues to be one of the driving forces of innovation in Oregon Medicaid, with reverberations across commercial and Medicare lines of business.  This session will provide a platform for OHA leaders to offer their thinking on the future of policy and operational issues in the months and years to come.

Steve Allen: Behavioral Health Director, Oregon Health Authority

Cara Biddlecom: Director of Policy & Partnerships, Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division

9:45 - 10:30

Strategies for a 21st Century Workforce

It’s increasingly clear that Oregon’s provider shortages won’t be adequately addressed through traditional strategies. So, what innovations might we expect to see to develop as Oregon’s population continues to age and demand even more services? These experts in the field will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the road ahead.

Meg Niemi: President , SEIU 49

Andi Easton: Vice President, Government Affairs, OAHHS

Jeanne McCarty: Director, Child & Family Systems, GOBHI

9:45 - 10:30

Is the School a New Center of Care Delivery?

From mental health to on-site exams, the school setting is increasingly becoming a center for care coordination and delivery. This session will review the trends and explore the innovations taking place to support Oregon’s kids.

Paul Bryant: Director, Addiction Medicine Program, Kaiser Permanente

Lilian Govus: Director, Community Relations & Communications, Salem-Keizer Schools

Maureen Hinman: Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Oregon School Based Health Alliance

9:45 - 10:30

The Deepening Impact of Substance Abuse in Oregon

From opioids to street drugs, substance abuse continues to challenge Oregon’s society and health system. So what can be done? Is it a system problem, a money problem, or an individual challenge? This panel will discuss what we know and how Oregon is moving to address the challenges.

Jim Polo, MD: Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Angel Prater: Executive Director, FolkTime

Chris Hecht: Chief Executive Officer, White Bird Clinic

10:45 - 11:30

Policy Leadership: Democrats

Democrats continue to hold large majorities in Salem, a trend which will likely continue through the 2020 election. So, is the 2020 session one of pause or one of momentum and action ahead of the next election? This panel of legislative leaders will talk through the 2020 session and what you might expect from the discussion ahead. 

Sen. Arnie Roblan: Chair, Senate Interim Committee on Mental Health

Rep. Andrea Salinas: Chair, House Interim Committee on Health Care

Rep. Marty Wilde: Member, Joint Task Force On Universal Health Care

10:45 - 11:30

Drawing Lessons from CCO 1.0

While Oregon Medicaid is focused on CCO 2.0, it seems a good time to reflect on the lessons learned from the first phase of delivery transformation. This panel will review the successes and setbacks with CCOs from 2012 to 2019.

Ashlen Strong: Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates

Bill Murray: Chief Operating Officer, FamilyCare, Inc.

Lindsey Hopper: Vice President, Medicaid Programs, PacificSource

Chuck Hofmann,MD: Clinical Consultant, Eastern Oregon CCO

10:45 - 11:30

Bringing Community-Based Organizations into Health Care Delivery

Integrating community based organizations into care delivery requires cultural alignment, a common language and a technology backbone to make it work. This session will discuss how best to build bridges between the delivery system and the CBOs that support Oregonians.

David Caress: Regional NW Director, Unite US

Mathew Richards, MD: Director, Northwest Permanente Medical Group

Annie Lindekugel: Outreach and Operations Manager, The DPI Group

10:45 - 11:30

What is the Limit of Health Care's Reach to Address Social Determinants?

While it’s recognized that social determinants are important in one’s health, how much should the health care system be required to address these upstream investments? Even if it wants to, how would it? This session will explore the limits of health care’s ability to move into this space.

Eric Hunter: Chief Executive Officer, CareOregon

Pat  Allen: Director, Oregon Health Authority

Zeke Smith: Vice President, Programs, FoodCorps

10:45 - 11:30

The Levers for Reform Available to Employers

It’s generally understood that employers can drive major system reform if they chose to move as a group. But, the levers available to employers are not always clear. This session will explore how employers are attempting to reform the health system to drive more value from their health care spend.

Gayle Evans: Chief Human Resources Officer, Unitus Community Credit Union

Scott Haas: Senior Vice President, USI Insurance Services

Peter Seeley: Vice President, Alliant Insurance

11:45 - 12:45

Lunch Keynote: One on One Conversations

During our lunch program, we’ll have “One on One Conversations” with some of Oregon’s most interesting and thoughtful health care and health policy leaders. DJ Wilson will interview our guests and learn directly from our guests about the work their doing, what keeps them up at night and what we can expect from them in 2020.

Eric Hunter: Chief Executive Officer, CareOregon

Janet Meyer: Principal, Health Management Associates

Sen. James Manning: Chair, Joint Task Force on Universal Health Care

Pat Allen: Director, Oregon Health Authority

1:00 - 1:45

Policy Leadership: Republicans

Health care continues to be largely a bi-partisan issue, regardless of who is in the majority in Salem.  So, this group of Republican policy makers will continue to help shape the discussion in the 2020 legislative session, working closely with Democratic counterparts. They will share their thoughts on the policy debates you’ll be hearing about come next year. 

Sen. Denyc Boles: Vice Chair, Senate Interim Committee on Mental Health

Rep. Cedric Hayden: Vice Chair, House Interim Committee on Health Care

Rep. Ron Noble: Member, House Interim Committee on Health Care

1:00 - 1:45

"Blue Button" & The Changing Environment of Data

There are a number of policy-driven initiatives underway that are changing the way data is accessed and employed. This session will discuss how the consumer-centricity of recent efforts may signal a change to the utility of data in health care.

Jennifer Stoll: Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, OCHIN

Skip Newberry: President & Chief Executive Officer, Technology Association of Oregon

Amol Vyas: Chief Interoperability Architect, Cambia Health Solutions

1:00 - 1:45

Meeting the Health Needs of Rural Communities

Delivering and financing health care in rural Oregon is a unique challenge, requiring a “can do” spirit and innovative thinking.  This session will discuss some of the delivery and financing reforms underway in the state’s more rural counties, and what efforts for reform look like there.

Lucy Zammarelli: Chief Equity Officer, Trillium Community Health Plan

Paul Gorman, MD: Assistant Dean, Rural Medical Education OHSU

Samuel Metz, MD: Member, Physicians for a National Health Plan

1:00 - 1:45

Connecting, Housing, Homelessness & Health Care

It is becoming increasingly clear that stable housing is a prerequisite for good health. As the health care and housing sectors increasingly intersect, opportunities for collaboration are growing. Explore the possibilities here with this panel of market actors and policy experts.

Rachel Solotaroff: President & Chief Executive Officer, Central City Concern

Amanda Cobb: Executive Director, Medicaid, Trillium Community Health Plan

Jacob Fox: Executive Director, Homes for Good 

1:00 - 1:45

The Next Steps on Mental Health Integration

With so much work having been done on mental health integration, it’s a lingering frustration that there is still a tremendous amount of work left. So, how can the system continue to move forward on integrating mental and physical health? This panel of experts will discuss the topic.

Greg Brigham, PhD: Chief Executive Offier, ADAPT Oregon

Julie Magers: President, Oregon Famly Workforce Association

Travis Jackson: Vice President, Beacon Health Options

Jeanene Smith, MD: Principal, Health Managment Associates (moderator)

2:00 - 2:45

How Health Care Is Playing Out in the 2020 Democratic Nomination Process

It’s clear that health care is important to Democratic voters, and candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor are responding. The nomination will sort itself out in time, but what will that make of health care as the 2020 elections give way to policy making in the future? These experts will read the tea leaves to talk through the implications.

Mohit Ghose: Vice President, Beacon Health Options

Tom Holt: Managing Partner, The Holt Company

Martin Taylor: Former Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Nurses Association

2:00 - 2:45

Getting our Hands Around the Total Cost of Care

As Oregon’s health care system works to get its hands around the total cost of care, policy makers are increasingly agitating for a policy response to address the lingering challenges of bending the cost curve. This session will discuss these policy and market responses and what they might mean for the health care system. 

Greg Van Pelt: President, Oregon Health Leadership Council

Jeremy Vandehey: Director of Health Policy and Analytics, Oregon Health Authority

Mary Anderson, MD: Chief Clinical Integration & Quality Office, Physician Care Alliance

2:00 - 2:45

Better Outcomes with Whole Community Integration

We have a better sense of the knowledge that our health is tied to our environment, our family and our community, and far less to the health care delivery system than previously thought. But integrating those silos - the community and health care delivery - is still extremely difficult. This session will discuss how best to measure and improve outcomes when health care is working in concert with community-based entities.   

Mike Rohwer, MD: Executive Director, Curandi

Ted Quinn: Chief Executive Officer,

Josh Graves: Executive Director, Catholic Community Services

2:00 - 2:45

Legal and Compliance Threats in Health Care

With rules changing rapidly, at both the federal and state level, it’s increasingly hard to track all of the regulatory challenges to plans, providers, and health care organizations. This session will highlight some of the new threats to health care and what might be done to get ahead of some of these compliance challenges.

Kelly Knivila: Partner, Stoel Rives

Tashia Sizemore: Product Regulation Manager, Division of Financial Regulation, Department of Consumer & Business Services

3:00 - 3:45

Afternoon Keynote

John Kitzhaber continues to be one of the most important thinkers on state health reform in the country.  Since leaving public service, he has traveled to over 15 states and Washington DC, working with organizations, leaders, and reformers in health care. This afternoon keynote discussion will draw upon his insights and experience, and offer those in this informal conversation on the future of Oregon health care.

John Kitzhaber: Former Governor, State of Oregon