Detailed Agenda

Our 2020 Hawaii 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 Washington health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on January 14th. 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 Honolulu!


8:15 - 8:30

Welcome and Introduction

This opening session will kick 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

8:30 - 9:15

Morning Keynote: Conversation with Robin Gelburd

Robin Gelburd is the founding President of FAIR Health, the nation's largest database of paid claims data.  With over 50 billion paid claims among commercial and Medicare plans, the data provides FAIR Health a unique window into pricing and utilization. Gelburd will share data on health care pricing in Hawaii, and what utilization trends tell us about Hawaii compared to other states.

Robin Gelburd: President, FAIR Health

9:30 - 10:15

Capitol insiders connect policy and politics

In what is always one of the most well attended sessions, these government relations professionals will share their perspectives and insights on the 2020 legislative session. Bring your questions to what is a unique opportunity to dialog with some of Honolulu's most respected political insiders. 

Rep. Della au Belatti:

Blake Oshiro: Executive Vice President, Capitol Consultants of Hawaii

Bob Toyofuku: President, Hawaii Advocates

Cory Chun: Hawaii Pacific Government Affairs Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

9:30 - 10:15

Health care and the economy: drag or driver?

The nature of health care's relationship with economic growth is increasingly complex. The sector's outsized role in the economy is matched by the large cost of health care borne by families and businesses. This panel will discuss the competing trends in Hawaii's economy and the policy and market responses that may come as a result.

Beth Giesting: Director, Hawaii Budget & Policy Center

Paul Brewbaker Ph.D: Economist, TZ Economics

9:30 - 10:15

Making social determinants mainstream

It's increasingly clear that social impacts have a significant role in our health status. But, utilizing that knowlege in a way that is sustainable to health care organizations and individuals is not easy. This panel of experts will explore the topic and where opportunities may lie to leverage this emerging understanding. 

Katherine Keir: Hawaii State Director, myConnections, UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Jen Awakuni: Senior Program Manager, Consumer Engagement, HMSA 

Lisa Kimura: Vice President, Community Impact, Aloha United Way

9:30 - 10:15

Phones, social media, and mental health

The impact of "likes," notifications, and instant messaging is strongly correlated with an increase in anxiety, mental health challenges, and changes in our social behavior. So, what do we now know about what's happening to us? This group of thought leaders will take up the topic, and highlight where this discussion is taking policy makers and market actors. 

Hon. Pat Loui: Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Omnitrak Research

Lesley-Ann Slavin, Ph.D: Chief Psychologist, CAMD Divison, Department of Health

Mestisa Gass, PsyD: Program Director, Mental Health America Hawaii

10:30 - 11:15

An update from the Department of Health

This session features some of the Department of Health's most important voices in health care and health policy.  Bring your questions and insights to what is always one of our most well attended and well informed sessions of the conference. 

Eddie Mersereau: Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Administration, Department of Health

10:30 - 11:15

Finding cultural alignment between plans, providers

Having cultural competency is commonly understood to be important as health organizations engage patients and communities. But, what about bridging cultural divides between health care organizations, particularly those of plans and providers? This group of some of Hawaii's leading health care executives will discuss how to determine and develop cultural alignment between payers and providers. 

Kelley Withy, MD: Director, Hawaii-Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center

Kathleen Kozak, MD: Medical Director, UHA

Brit Reis, MD: Medical Director, Castle Health Group

10:30 - 11:15

How can schools become a center for care delivery?

As our society evolves - from two income households to a rise of threat of gun violence - our schools are becoming increasingly important centers to support children and families in Hawaii. So, how does that support grow to include health care? From mental health to dental health, this session will discuss the opportunities that a new approach to school-based health can provide.

Margo Lalich: Executive Director, Keiki Program, School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene

Vija Sehgal, MD: Associate Medical Director, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Gloria Fernandez: Interim Public Health Nursing Branch Chief, Department of Health

Annie Valentin: Executive Director, Project Vision

Timothy Lino, Ed.D: Administrator, School Health Section, Department of Education (moderator)

10:30 - 11:15

Building a team-based workforce

It’s not getting easier to attract providers to the islands, in spite of all the community offers.  That is forcing a new creativity in the use of community services and mid-level providers to support the care of Hawaii’s ohana, creating new demands for a team-based approach to care.  Come explore how innovations in care and workforce demands converge on a team-centered approach to care. 

Kathryn Matayoshi: Senior Vice President, HMSA

Lisa Radak: Dean, Health Academic Programs, Kapi'olani Community College

Carl Hinson: Director, Workforce Development, Hawaii Pacific Health

10:30 - 11:15

Policies and strategies to support housing security

The challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity are not new. However, strategies to support Hawaii's homeless ohana are rapidly evolving to meet rapidly evolving demands. This session will discuss the latest trends, policies, and data on this topic that can better inform the continued policy discussion on housing and homelessness.

Gavin Thornton: Executive Director, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice

Scott Miscovich, MD: President & Founder, Premier Medical Group Hawaii

Nani Medeiros: Executive Director, HomeAid Hawaii

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch Keynote: One on One Conversations

Our Lunch Keynote program will feature candid, informal "One on One Conversations" with some of Hawaii's most influential health care and health policy leaders.  These interviews offer authentic and informative insights into the leadership and perspective of some of Hawaii health care's most important figures. 

Laura Esslinger: CEO, AlohaCare

Jill Hoggard Green, Ph.D: CEO, The Queen's Health Systems

Mark Mugiishi, MD: Interim President & Chief Health Officer, HMSA

12:45 - 1:30

Policy makers discuss the 2020 session

With the 2020 session about to begin, this panel of key legislators will talk through their aspirations for the coming legislature. From fiscal considerations to policy conversations, this will be a discussion with legislators that you'll want to sit in on if you plan to follow the next convening at the state capitol.

Rep. John Mizuno: Chair, House Committee on Health

Sen.Stanley Chang: Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health

Sen. Rosalyn Baker: Chair, Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health (invited)

12:45 - 1:30

Getting our hands around the total cost of care

It is increasingly clear that rising health costs are unlikely to be mitigated with a market response alone. So, how can a policy discussion support a market-led approach to controling health costs? And where does market activity offer new hope for a smarter system-level strategy to address cost trend? This session of thought leaders will take up the topic and share their thinking on this complex challenge. 

Terence Young: Director, Clinical Business Operations, Hawaii Pacific Health

Enrique Terrazas, MD: West Region Medical Director, Quest Diagnostics

Scott Whiting: Market President, MDX Hawaii

12:45 - 1:30

What's next on behavioral health integration?

Integrating behavioral health and physical health, from payment to clinical settings, is easier said than done. Yet, some initiatives fostering innovation between plans and providers are showing meaningful results in the integration space. This group of some of Hawaii's most important executives in the behavioral health space will talk about their work, and the lessons learned from their unique approaches to care and financing integrated service delivery.

Brian Baker: Vice President, Beacon Health Options

Robin Miyamoto, PsyD: Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, JABSOM

Robbyn Takeuchi: Behavioral Health Services Director, United Health Group

12:45 - 1:30

Addressing workforce and access to care

Getting an appointment with a provider in a reasonable amount of time can be a challenge. This can be particularly true with specialists or on neighboring islands. So, new strategies to address workforce needs are working to create new solutions to an age-old provider shortage. These experts will talk through these strategies, and what it will mean for an aging population in Hawaii.

Aimee Malia Grace, MD, MPH, FAAP : Director, Health Science Policy, University of Hawai'i System

Lisa Rantz: President, Hawaii State Rural Health Association

Timothy Roe, MD: Board Chair, Healthcare Association of Hawaii

12:45 - 1:30

Clinical innovation that is improving quality outcomes

Quality outcomes continue to demonstrate a wide range of variability. However, there are some clinical innovations that are showing real results on driving quality outcomes, and doing so with scalability and replicability.  These thought leaders will talk through what is working in Hawaii today related to clinical innovation, and the implications for quality throughout the rest of the system.

Mark Baker, MD: President, Hawaii Chapter, American College of Physicians

Matthew Koenig, MD: Medical Director of Telehealth, The Queen's Health Systems

Mark Marabella: Executive Director, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health

1:45 - 2:30

How policy initiatives are driving data innovation

There is a unique confluence of federal and state policy making, both in rules and in statute, that is catalyzing a new set of data exchange-based initiatives.  This panel of thought leaders and market actors will brief attendees on some of the initiatives underway, and what these policy efforts will mean to consumers and providers. 

Rahul Maitra, JD: General Counsel & Privacy Officer, Hawai'i Health Information Exchange

Christopher Flanders, MD: Executive Director, Hawaii Medical Association

Denise Konan, PhD: Dean, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii, Manoa 

1:45 - 2:30

Earned experience from payment transformation

With payment transformation being driven across commercial, Medicare and Medicaid lines of business, there is now a healthy set of experience and knowledge about how best to drive system change in Hawaii.  This session will review the lessons learned from payment transformation, and offer recommendations for how to continue to scale the work across Hawaii health care. 

Heather Miyasato: Director, Health Finance & Payment Transformation, HMSA

Kathleen Libao-Laygo, RN: Senior Director, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Healthcare Association of Hawaii

Scott Kronlund, MD: Chief Medical Director, East Hawaii IPA

Craig Shikuma, MD: Practicing Physician & Board Member, East Hawaii IPA

1:45 - 2:30

Building linkages between the clinic and the community

Bringing together community-based organizations and the health care sector to improve clinical outcomes requires a unique set of vision, collaboration, and organizational courage. This panel of speakers will discuss how they have each created relationships and infrastructure across clinical and community settings, and the impact on quality of care as a result.

Kealoha Fox, Ph.D: Liaison, External & Public Affairs, AlohaCare

Mike Sayama, PhD: Executive Director, Community First

1:45 - 2:30

Lessons from managing care transitions

From hospital to SNF, from primary care to mental health, the challenge of coordinating care across silos and often across payer contracts is immense. Yet, some organizations are having meaningful success is managing these transitions, from both a quality and financial perspective. This session will offer experiences and insights from managing care across domains.

Linda Rosen, MD: Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

Wes Lo: Chief Executive Officer, Hale Makua

Emmanuel Kintu: Chief Executive Officer, Kalihi-Palama Health Center

2:45 - 3:15

Afternoon Keynote: A vison for reforming Hawaii's health system

Our closing keynote will feature one of the most important health policy leaders in Hawaii.  Lt. Gov. Josh Green will update our audience on his work to reform Hawaii health care, the community coalitions he is fostering, and on his recent trip to vaccinate children and families in Samoa.  Plan on an engaging conversation to follow his prepared remarks, which will include audience questions.

Hon. Josh Green, MD: Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii