Detailed Agenda

Our 2020 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 50 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 Colorado health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on November 17. If you’re not already registered, you can do so here.

For now, let us know if you have any questions about the conference.


8:00 - 8:15

Welcome and Introduction

DJ Wilson, Host of State of Reform, will kick off the day with comments framing the conference agenda, and the role of State of Reform hopes to play in this challenging era of health policy and politics. He will orient us to the conference, including a run down of how best to utilize the unique tools of the virtual platform.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

8:15 - 8:50

Morning Keynote: The state of Colorado health care

Kim Bimestefer will provide the morning keynote. In what she calls a "State of the State," Bimestefer will run down the Polis administration's agenda for 2021, ranging from lowering health care costs to improving transparency and quality outcomes. This will be a deep dive into the health care policy conversation coming in 2021, so bring your questions!

Kim Bimestefer: Director, Dept. of Health Care Policy and Financing

9:00 - 9:50

Capitol insiders discuss health policy

In what is always a popular session, these government relations professionals will discuss state health policy, the upcoming 2021 session and the impact of the 2020 elections on reform. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking.

Dana Malick: Deputy Vice President, State Advocacy, PhRMA

Amanda Massey: Executive Director, Colorado Association of Health Plans

Christine Staberg: Founding Partner, Capstone Group

9:00 - 9:50

Update from HCPF

This session will build on the morning keynote session, with a series of senior HCPF leaders participating. They will update you in detail on the work of their agency and will be available to take questions on what lies on the road ahead for Colorado's reform efforts. 

John Bartholomew: Chief Financial Officer, Dept. of Health Care Policy and Financing 

Kim Bimestefer: Director, Dept. of Health Care Policy and Financing

Tracy Johnson: Medicaid Director, Dept. of Health Care Policy and Financing

Bonnie Silva: Director, Office of Community Living, Dept. of Health Care Policy and Financing

9:00 - 9:50

COVID and Colorado's mental health

With pandemic fatigue already high, and about 1 in 3 Americans reporting sharp signs of anxiety, the connection between the pandemic and mental health challenges remains a direct one. Now, with the COVID cases spiking in Colorado and nationwide, and a "dark winter" ahead of us, this session will explore how our mental health system is supporting Coloradans during this crisis.

Gina Lasky: Principal, Health Management Associates

Myron Unruh: Market President, Beacon Health Options

Camille Harding: Division Director, Colorado DHS Office of Behavioral Health

Patrick Fox, MD: Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Colorado Community Health Alliance

9:00 - 9:50

Is there a future for the public option?

While the future of a public option in Colorado is not clear, what is clear is that significant interest remains in a policy solution that supports lowering health care costs in Colorado. This session will look ahead to the future of a public option while also exploring options for new proposals aimed at lowering health care costs. 

Sen. Kerry Donovan: Majority Whip, Senate Democratic Caucus

Michael Conway: Commissioner, Division of Insurance

Billy Wynne: Chairman, Wynne Health Group

10:00 - 10:50

Policy leadership: Democrats

It's clear from the 2020 elections that health care reform remains the top issue for Democratic voters, and certainly one of the areas of primary concern for Democrats in the Assembly. With majorities in both chambers, the ability to drive the state-level conversation on health policy could bring meaningful discussions in next year’s session. Bring your questions to what is always a thoughtful conversation on the future of health policy in Colorado.

Sen. Rhonda Fields: Chair, Health & Human Services Committee

Sen. Brittany Pettersen: Vice Chair, Health & Human Services Committee

Rep. Yarida Caraveo: Vice Chair, Health & Insurance Committee (invited)

Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet: Vice Chair, Public Health Care & Human Services Committee (invited)

10:00 - 10:50

Implications of a repealed ACA

With challenges to the ACA being considered at the Supreme Court, and strongly conservative majority now on the bench, it’s reasonable to consider questions about the future of the law, including its possible repeal. If the law is struck down in whole or in part, it will likely result in a jarring shift in the health care ecosystem. This session will take up the question and try to offer potential pathways for and implications of any SCOTUS action.

Tom Donohoe: Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, SCL Health

Govind Persad, PhD: Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law, Denver University

Lauren Carboni: Associate, Foley Lardner 

10:00 - 10:50

Health care's part in the social justice conversation

If our American institutions and society have been built on imperfect models of inclusivity, what does that mean for the health care sector? As Colorado organizations work to build cultures of anti-racism, how can health care organizations learn from those efforts to follow suit? This session will discuss these topics and place the experience of health care within the social context of the turmoil of 2020.

Rep. Dominique Jackson: Chair, House Energy & Environment Committee

Monique Butler, MD: Chief Medical Officer, HealthONE

Maggie Gomez, MSW: Deputy Director, Center for Health Progress

Terri Hurst, MSW: Policy Coordinator, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

10:00 - 10:50

Payment reform and primary care

Supporting primary care has been a priority for Colorado policy makers since before the pandemic. However, the stress of COVID has made clear the importance of this work, and how critical it is to move quickly to stabilize the payment model for this part of the system. This breakout will discuss the work of the Primary Care Collaborative, as well as the conversations related to reforming the reimbursement system for primary care.

Al Steinmann, MD: Chief of Academic Medicine, SCL Health

Ashok Roy, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Caravan Health

Patrick Gordon: President, Rocky Mountain Health Plan

Tara Smith: Primary Care and Affordability Director, Dept. of Regulatory Agencies

11:00 - 11:50

Policy leadership: Republicans

This panel includes some of the most important Republican legislators in Colorado health policy. They will gather to discuss their observations on health and fiscal policy since the previous legislative session ended, and how the pandemic in 2020 will impact the work of the legislature in 2021. Bring your questions to what will be a dynamic session.

Rep. Matt Soper: Member, Health & Insurance Committee

Rep. Mark Baisley: Member, Health & Insurance Committee (invited)

Sen. Bob Gardner: Member, Senate Appropriations Committee (invited)

Rep. Lois Landgraf: Member, Public Health Care & Human Services Committee (invited)

11:00 - 11:50

The Future of Medicaid: Partnership and Collaboration

With the economy in a state of disruption, Medicaid is planning for a wave of enrollment in the months ahead. And, as Colorado’s budget continues into deficit, it’s clear some of the savings will need to be wrung from the safety net. These competing realities make collaboration an even more important strategy for managing Medicaid. This session will discuss what these partnerships look like, ranging from the system-level and to the work among clinicians.

William Wright, MD: Medical Director, Colorado Access

Ben L. Bynum, MD: Portfolio Director, Program Related Investments, The Colorado Health Foundation 

Elena Thomas Faulkner: Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Medical Assistant Advancement 

Bill Fulton: Founder & Co-Executive Director, Civic Canopy 

11:00 - 11:50

On the cusp of a leap forward in vaccine science

The level of investment in a vaccine has created a unique set of circumstances that is catalyzing vaccine science. As research moves towards leveraging messenger RNA to create an immune response to the coronavirus, this new model of immunology may scale across a range of diseases and even into improving overall wellness. Come learn about what looks to be possible as science makes a significant step forward.

Katelin Lucariello: Director, State Policy, PhRMA

Eric France, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment 

Stephanie Wasserman: Executive Director, Immunize Colorado

11:00 - 11:50

Colorado's economy and the impacts of 2020

The pandemic-driven hit to the Colorado economy has been significant, resulting in a spike in unemployment and something of a “K-shaped” recovery. That has also meant a meaningful hit to Colorado’s state budget, and funding for the safety net that supports our society in our collective time of need. This session will review the impacts to the economy as a result of this pandemic and what it will mean for policy making in the year ahead.

Kacey Wulff: Senior Advisor for COVID-19 Response, Resilience, and Recovery, Office of Gov. Jared Polis

Josh Neff: Vice President, Integration and Rural Health, Centura Health

Phyllis Resnick: Executive Director, Colorado Futures Center

Richard Wobbekind: Senior Economist & Associate Dean, Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder

12:00 - 12:50

The 2020 elections and federal health policy

With the 2020 elections moving towards resolution, it's possible the result will shape federal policy for a generation, much as took place following 2008. So, what do we think the road ahead looks like? Will we see incremental but meaningful reforms, or revolutionary upheaval? This session will discuss the conversations taking place related to federal policy and what we might expect from 2021.

Colm O'Comartun: Managing Partner, 50 State

Paul Dioguardi: Senior Vice President, Forbes Tate

Craig Konnoth: Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law

12:00 - 12:50

COVID's impacts on the commercial market

COVID has impacted employers with unprecedented challenges, while also catalyzing a number of meaningful innovations in the commercial market, ranging from telehealth and digital tools to partnering with employers to assist with the new economic realities and health needs arising out of COVID. This session will explore some of those impacts, and how the new approaches to care may transform health care for years to come.

Charles Ritz: President, Anthem

Elizabeth Kwo, MD: Staff Vice President, Clinical Data Analytics, Anthem 

Holly Kast: Senior Director HR Service Delivery, Ardent Mills

Chris Mast: Health & Benefits Leader, Mercer 

12:00 - 12:50

Outcomes and inconsistencies in health equity

The range of variation across health care continues to be difficult to understand or defend. From one provider to another, or among varying patient demographic, it too often seems that no two health care experiences - or their outcomes - are quite alike. So, how do we get our hands around these inconsistencies in care delivery to ensure we have more equity in our system? This panel will take up the question and explore the implications for what this conversation means.

Catherine Guerrero: Principal, Health Management Associates  

Ozzie Grenardo, MD: Medical Director, Centura Health 

Amy Latham: Vice President, Philanthropy, Colorado Health Foundation

Theresa Trujillo: Director of Community Organizing, Center for Health Progress

12:00 - 12:50

Telemedicine: The tip of the digital iceberg

With COVID driving further adoption of telemedicine across a range of clinical settings, it’s clear that is just the beginning of the growth of digital tools as a result of COVID. From wearables to artificial intelligence, the tech innovations ahead in health care are likely to alter the course of care delivery in Colorado. Come learn about what is on the road ahead, and bring your questions to discuss how these changes will leave lasting impacts on our health care system.

Jay Shore, MD: Medical Director, AccessCare 

Karen Chacko, MD: Medical Director, Digital Health, CU School of Medicine 

Rachel Dixon: Executive Director, Prime Health Colorado

David Keller, MD: Vice Chair, Clinical Strategy & Transformation, Children's Hospital Colorado

1:00 - 1:50

Afternoon Keynote: A conversation on the looming budget challenge

The fiscal challenges facing the state in the 2021 session will require some difficult and painful decisions. With restrictions on revenue options, cost-cutting may be the primary tool to fill a pandemic-induced budget deficit. This plenary session will explore some of the obstacles and opportunities for re-thinking fiscal policy in the 2021 legislative session.

Rep. Julie McCluskie: Chair, House Appropriations Committee

Sen. Bob Rankin: Member, Joint Budget Committee

Katherine Mulready: Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Colorado Hospital Association

Ashley Clark: Deputy Director of Health, Human Services, and Criminal Justice, Office of State Planning and Budgeting