Detailed Agenda

Our 2019 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 80 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 Washington health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on January 10th. 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 Seattle!



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


Morning Keynote: The 2018 Elections, the 2019 Congress, and Health Policy

Colm O'Comartun is the former head of the Democratic Governors Association and is co-founder of 50-State, one of Washington DC's leading consultancies on state health policy.  Colm will review the impacts of the 2018 midterm elections at both the national and state level and draw upon his experience to highlight what this might mean for Democratic states like Washington.  Colm is as plugged into Democratic governors in the various states as is anyone, so you'll find his observations to be both relevant and unique. 

Colm O'Comartun: Principal, 50-State


The National Discussion on Health Policy in 2019

Following our morning keynote that will speak to the implications of elections on health policy, this panel will go deeper to discuss where the national policy conversations may be headed.  Bring your questions to what will be a detailed discussion on policy.

Jennifer Muhm: Director, Government Affairs, Washington State Nurses Association

Jeff Sconyers: Senior Lecturer, Graduate Program in Health Services Administration, University of Washington

Heather Weiner: Founder, Heather Weiner Consulting


VBP: Myth or Reality in 2019?

Since the passage of the ACA, value based payments have been held up as a model for financing care transformation. Has that been a success?  Is this more marketing than material? This session will identify the lessons from both successes and setbacks.

Joe Gifford: Senior Vice President, Lumeris

Lee Mills McGrath: Senior Vice President, Provider Strategy and Solutions, Premera Blue Cross 

Dorothy Teeter: Principal, Health Management Associates


The Politics of a Public Option or Medicaid Buy-In

With solid Democratic majorities in both chambers, the legislature is likely to explore the possibility of a public option health plan for Washington State. What would that look like? What consequences would it have for consumers and the current system? This conversation will explore these questions.

Sen. Karen Keiser: Chair, Senate Labor & Commerce Committee

Joan Altman, JD: Associate Director, Legislative & External Affairs, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Lonnie Johns Brown: Legislative Director, Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Andrea Davis: Senior Director, Government & External Relations, Coordinated Care (moderator)


Building Ties Between Healthcare and Homelessness

As the crisis of homelessness grows in our state, the response by the health care system has been mixed. This panel of experts will discuss how where the connections between this epidemic and the health care system exist, and how activism from the health care sector can help.

Daniel Malone: Executive Director, DESC

Gary Renville: Executive Director, Project Access Northwest

Caitlin Safford: Director, Government Relations, Amerigroup 

Paul Hollie: Director of Social Impact, Premera Blue Cross (moderator)


Innovating in Patient Services and Quality of Care

This unique panel will draw together three disparate initiatives focused on improved services and quality that are driving meaningful innovation in the system. Learn where common lessons can be gleaned from these different organizational approaches.

Lindsay Harris: Chief Client Officer, Healthcare Management Administrators 

Tammy Moore: Chief Clinical Officer, Summit Pacific Medical Center

Amy Tufano: Administrative Director, Patient Experience, Virginia Mason

Bob Crittenden, MD: Fellow, Cambia Grove (moderator)

10:30 - 11:15

Olympia Insiders Discuss the 2019 Session

This is always one of our most popular, well-attended panels.  Come learn from some of the lobbyists and insiders that will be helping to shape policy in the 2019 legislative session as they detail their vision for the upcoming 105-day session.

Leslie Emerick: Owner/Partner, Emerick & Bloom

Sean Graham: Government Relations, Washington State Medical Association 

Carrie Tellefson: Partner, Miller Malone and Tellefson 

Ross Baker: Public Policy Director, Virginia Mason (moderator)

10:30 - 11:15

The Patients' Perspective on the Policy Framework of New Medicine

With advances in personalized medicine, miracle drugs, and genome-specific therapies, it’s clear a new day in health care is on the horizon…  and that policy makers are way behind the market. This session will explore how best to build a new policy framework that supports innovation while protecting consumers and the financial stability of the system.

Brenda Gleason: President, M2 Consulting

Toby Willis: Gene Therapy Patient

Ashanthi DeSilva: Rare Disease Editor, The Mighty 

10:30 - 11:15

A Conversation with Sue Birch, HCA Director

Sue Birch is the new Director of the Washington State Health Care Authority. She will join State of Reform to outline the work of the HCA, her thoughts on the upcoming legislative session, and where one might expect the policy discussion to go in 2019. Bring your questions to what will be an interactive session.

Sue Birch: Director, Health Care Authority 

10:30 - 11:15

New Realities Dictated by Workforce Challenges

As health care changes, it is increasingly clear Washington State needs both more providers and those with a commitment to collaboration and coordination. But that doesn’t happen overnight.  So, what works in workforce development in 2019? These experts will share their thoughts on this challenge.

Kim Sullivan: Vice President, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente

Tami Green, RN: Former Legislator, Washing State Nurses Association Member

Lani Todd: Legislative & Policy Director, SEIU 775

10:30 - 11:15

Lessons from a Decade of Telehealth

Now that the infrastructure to support telehealth has been with us a while, it’s time to assess the progress and lessons from a decade of effort.  Is the system delivering on the promise of telehealth?  What lessons have we learned about the future based on the work of the past? This session will explore this unfolding topic.

Brodie Dychinco: General Manager, Convenient Care, Regence Blue Shield

Frances Gough, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Molina Healthcare of Washington

Leah Rosengaus: Interim Director, Telehealth Services, UW Medicine 

10:30 - 11:15

How Medicare is Catalyzing the Next Wave of Reform

Medicare policy in the Trump administration has been largely innovative and non-controversial with bipartisan support. As a result, it would appear to be pushing the sector in significant ways as providers adjust to new payment models and financing tools.  This session will review the efforts by CMS, plans and providers and point towards what’s next in 2019.

Brian Betner: Partner, Hall Render

Mark Mantei: CEO, The Vancouver Clinic

Catherine Field: Market President, Humana

11:30 - 12:15

Policy Leadership: Republicans

This panel of Republican legislators will discuss their vision for the 2019 legislative session, and plans for working through key policy questions in the 105-day convening.  This is always a well-attended session with some of the most important policy makers in Olympia. Bring your questions and expect a good dialog.

Sen. Randi Becker: Caucus Chair, Senate Republican Caucus 

Rep. Paul Harris: Ranking Minority Member, House Education Committee

Rep. Joe Schmick: Ranking Minority Member, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

11:30 - 12:15

Strategies for Employers to Drive ROI

Increasingly, the self-funded and small group markets remain a bright spot among the various lines of business in health care. What is working there that other sectors of the industry might learn from?  What remains to be solved?  This group of experts will discuss this topic and point to key lessons learned from doing the hard work of health reform.

Susie Dade: Deputy Director, Washington Health Alliance

Steve Suter: CEO, Healthcare Management Administrators

Linda Brady: Health Care Strategy and Policy, The Boeing Company 

11:30 - 12:15

An Honest Look at the Sustainability of ACHs

As accountable communities of health near the mid-term of their five-year charge, sustainability remains an unaddressed challenge.  Does that mean that ACHs will soon run their course?  Will there be changes to the model to provide for greater longevity?  This should be an honest and open 45 minutes about the future of this reform in the state.

Barbe West: Executive Director, SWACH

Alison Poulsen: Executive Director, Better Health Together

Mich'l Needham: Chief Policy Officer, Health Care Authority 

11:30 - 12:15

An Update on Strategies to Address Opioid Abuse

In 2016, more people died from overdose-related deaths than everyone that died during the 20-year Vietnam War. Of all the hydrocodone on the planet, 99% is consumed in America. We consume 81% of the oxycodone. Opioid abuse has become a distinctly American threat, which this panel of experts will explore.

Amanda Locke, PharmD: Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager, Virginia Mason

Jim Polo, MD: Executive Medical Director, Regence Blue Shield

Jeff Algaier, MD: Co-Founder, Ideal Option

11:30 - 12:15

Al, Tech, & the Forces of Disruption

Things in technology are moving quickly, with both the promise of improving health care and the peril of the modern age. This session will explore both the challenges and opportunities from technology with a forward-looking discussion on how best to incorporate the best of the possibilities ahead. 

Ian Worden: COO, CHI Franciscan Health 

Kristine Ashcraft: CEO, YouScript

Neal Sofian: CEO, tuzag

Bob Crittenden, MD: Fellow, Cambia Grove (moderator)

11:30 - 12:15

The Next Court Cases that May Shake Up Healthcare

The courts have increasingly become a prominent policy making arm for health care, both at the state and federal level. This panel of experts will survey some of the legal cases moving through the courts and their potential implications for health care in 2019.

Stephen Rose: Partner, Hall Render

Sallie Sanford: Associate Professor, University of Washington Law School

Jeff Sprung: Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch Keynote: One on One Keynote Conversations

Our lunch program will interview five of the region’s most prominent senior market executives and health policy leaders. We’ll ask them forward looking questions hoping to leverage their experience to better understand the road ahead.

Rep. Eileen Cody: Chair, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

Rep. JT Wilcox: Republican Leader, House of Representatives

Doug Bowes: President, United Community & State

Susan Mullaney: President, Kaiser Permanente Washington 

Hon. Bob Ferguson: Attorney General, State of Washington 

1:45 - 2:30

Policy Leadership: Democrats

Learn from some of the leading Democratic legislators about their plans for the upcoming legislative session.  They will take up policy ideas, political realities, and the consequences of federal uncertainty.  Bring your questions and your ideas for the 2019 session!

Rep. Laurie Jinkins: Chair, House Judiciary Committee

Rep. June Robinson: Member, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

Sen. Annette Cleveland: Chair, Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee (invited)

1:45 - 2:30

Creative Financing Models to Improve Health Outcomes

Sidelined investment dollars - from venture firms to philanthropic organizations - are looking to narrow the space between hope and reality in healthcare. This session will take up some of the more innovative financing tools coming to market, and what their impacts can be in a forward looking system.

Donald Summers: CEO, Altruist Partners

Tresa Thomas Massiongale: Chief Investment and Partnership Officer, Bloodworks NW

Hillary Preston: Washington State Project Director, Government Performance Lab, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

1:45 - 2:30

The "Nitty Gritty" of Behavioral Health Integration

As Washington continues to drive towards financial and clinical integration in health care, it’s increasingly clear there is no one right pathway forward. This panel will discuss how the details of doing the work of integration has led to a range of models in Washington State seeking the same end of improved care.

Sasha Waring, MD: Medical Director, Coordinated Care

Maureen Womack: CEO, Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital

Meredith Vaughan: Chief of Operations, Neighborcare Health

Milena Stott: Healthcare Practice Lead, Altruis Partners (moderator)

1:45 - 2:30

Health Equity through the Lens of Social Determinants

There are few lingering challenges in health care which have been otherwise missed so broadly by reform efforts than the disparity in health outcomes and equity across geography and demography. This session of leaders will review why that may be the case, and how the intergenerational transfer of the social determinants impacts this challenge. 

Leanne Berge: CEO, Community Health Plan of Washington

Katie Escudero: Policy Analyst, King County Housing Authority

Jennifer Tran: Senior Policy Analyst, Washington Budget and Policy Center

Ivor Horn, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Accolade 

1:45 - 2:30

Leveraging Digital Tools To Simplify Health Care

This panel of quite different organizations will each address how they are relying on their use of digital tools and technology to drive innovation in the healthcare sector.  The common thread is their use of technology, but the employment of those tools varies widely.  Come hear about the lessons from their efforts. 

Shannon Jurdana: CEO, Vimly

Kunjorn Chambundabongse (KC): Vice President, External Affairs, United Health Group

Theresa Nute: VP, Health Plan Sales, Teladoc

Rick Rubin: CEO, OneHealthPort (moderator) 


WSMA Executive Leadership

The Washington State Medical Association is co-locating the annual WSMA Executive Leadership Forum at State of Reform. While this is an invitation only event for WSMA members, we are happy to support their work. Please reach out to us if you’d like to explore co-locating your meeting with us in 2020!

2:45 - 3:30

Financing Population Health

Being able to effectively manage large groups of patients in a given community or cohort takes a unique financing approach.  The strategic approach to care delivery must align with innovation in financing to make the model work. This session will discuss what it takes to make population health work, and what is required from payers to make it happen.

Jeffrey Gibbs, MD: Medical Director, Quality Improvement SeaMar

Jason Haugen: CEO, Pinnacle Integrated Medicine

Dan Kent, MD: Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealth Group

Frederick Kiga, JD, MBA: Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Arcora Foundation (moderator)

2:45 - 3:30

Community-Based Care and the Mental Health System

One of the biggest issues teed up in the next legislative session is transitioning mental health care from large institutions to a more community-based model. This important panel will discuss the legislation lined up for discussion in the session, and where some of the important hurdles still remain.

Rashi Gupta: Senior Policy Advisor, Behavioral Health Integration, Office of the Governor Jay Inslee

Sen. Steve O'Ban: Ranking Member, Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee

Kathie Olson: Interim VP, Health Care Services, Molina Healthcare of Washington

2:45 - 3:30

The Current State of Plan-Provider Relations

From reimbursement and contracting to cultural and organizational affinity, the state of relations between plans and providers is constantly evolving. This panel of experts will run down the current state of those relationships, and put them in some historical context.

Beth Johnson: President, Coordinated Care

Abie Castillo: Chief External Relations Officer, Community Health Plan of Washington

Becky Bush: Director, Payor Contracting, MultiCare

2:45 - 3:30

Driving Affordability in the Commercial Market

Driving downward pricing pressure in the commercial market requires strong collaboration between regulator, payer, and provider. This panel will explore some of those dynamics, and discuss where policy and the market may intersect related to pricing in 2019.

Joseph E. Smith: Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Business Development, Kaiser Permanente

AnnaLisa Gellerman: Chief Deputy, Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Pam MacEwan: CEO, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

3:45 - 4:30

Afternoon Keynote: A Review of Washington State Health Care Pricing Data

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 Washington State’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 healthcare community.

Robin Gelburd: President, FAIR Health