Detailed Agenda: Day 1

Our 2020 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 65 speakers from across the spectrum of health care and policy. 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 September 23-24. 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 - 8:20

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 challenging era of health policy and politics.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

8:20 - 8:50

Morning Keynote with John Wiesman

John Wiesman has served as the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Health since 2013. He previously led the public health agency in Clark County in SW Washington. Under Wiesman’s leadership, the DoH has supported health care transformation in Washington State and played a leadership role during this time of COVID. This conversation will review the scope of Sec. Wiesman’s time in public service, lessons drawn from the COVID pandemic, and his thoughts on the road ahead for public health in Washington State. 

John Wiesman: Secretary, Washington State Dept. of Health

9:00 - 9:50

Policy leadership: Republicans

This panel includes some of the most important Republican legislators in Washington State 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. Joe Schmick: Ranking Minority Member, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber: Member, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

Rep. Paul Harris: Member, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

9:00 - 9:50

Lessons from fighting COVID in Washington State

Our understanding of COVID and its impacts on both individuals and our society continues to evolve. From cloth masks to full morgues; from unpaid mortgages to record unemployment, the impacts of this pandemic are profound. This session will review what we have learned from both public health and personal health during this time, and what we might expect in the autumn ahead.

David Grossman, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Molly Voris: Senior Policy Advisor, Public Health and Health Care, Office of Governor Inslee

Patty Hayes: Director, Public Health - Seattle King County

9:00 - 9:50

Mental health challenges for families and kids

With the focus in recent years on Medicaid’s adult expansion population, some of the resources and attention that previously focused on mothers and children has shifted. Meanwhile, pressures from social media, the economy and the pandemic are all impacting kids and their families in unique ways. This panel will discuss the state of mental health for these populations and how the challenges they face are different from other parts of the system.

Tamara Sheehan: Regional Behavioral Health Director, Providence Health and Services

Phillip Hawley PsyD: Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic

Dan Barth: Director, Business Development, Inland NW Behavioral Health Hospital

9:00 - 9:50

Cascade Care and legislating reimbursement

Washington State’s public option has proven to be a flashpoint in health care policy and politics. For all of the hand wringing during the legislative debate, multiple plans and provider partners are now in the market, with pricing that is sometimes more expensive than other products in the market. So, what lessons are legislators taking from the experience? How are agencies learning from the exercise and building for the future? This session will take up those questions and yours.

Sen. David Frockt: Chair, Special Committee on Economic Recovery

Leah Hole-Marshall, JD: General Counsel & Chief Strategist, WAHBE

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

10:00 - 10:50

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 interim on reform. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking.

Lonnie Johns Brown: Principal, Johns-Brown Government Relations

Tom McBride: Principal, McBride Public Affairs

Leslie Emerick: Owner/Partner, Emerick & Bloom

10:00 - 10:50

How the social determinants impact people of color

As awareness increases about the role social determinants play in health status, it’s clear these impacts are differentiated across demographics. As social, economic and other pressures build from a tumultuous 2020, how are people of color facing a more complicated set of circumstances than other cohorts? This panel of experts will discuss a complex and nuanced set of topics in this session. 

Alison Poulsen: Executive Director, Better Health Together

Jorge Arturo Rivera: Associate VP, Community Development Molina Healthcare 

Rajneet Lamba, MD: President, King County Medical Society

10:00 - 10:50

Payment innovation and provider sustainability

COVID has laid bare the inadequacies of a fee for service model. In a time of need, like a public health pandemic, it leads to severe financial uncertainty for the providers that the community needs the most. So, what have we learned from this pandemic in terms of provider sustainability and the payment models that will support them? And, how are those models adjusting to meet the financing needs of a provider community shaken as a result of COVID? This session will review the lessons from the year and how they are being deployed in the market as a result. 

Tom Wilbur: Chief Executive Officer, Newport Hospital & Health Services

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

David DiGiuseppe: Vice President, Health Care Economics, Public PolicyCommunity Health Plan of Washington

10:00 - 10:50

What have we learned from BH integration?

Behavioral health integration in Medicaid has now had six years of implementation since the landmark legislation first passed in 2014. So, with the full state now financially integrated, what have we learned? How has the clinical experience followed financing? And, how do we move the system forward to the next level of more complete integration without triggering other concerns about consolidation in the market? This set of experts will offer their thoughts and insights, and will answer your questions. 

Tory Gildred: Senior Director, Apple Health Core Connections Program, Coordinated Care

Jeff Hite, PsyD: Provider Program Director, Beacon Health Options

Jeff Thomas: CEO, Frontier Behavioral Health

11:00 - 11:50

Policy leadership: Democrats

While 2020 looks like it could be a big year for Democrats nationally, it’s not yet clear how that will impact the party’s position in Washington State. However, with strong majorities in both chambers, the substance of the 2020 election conversation and focus on health policy could mean more than adding additional seats. Bring your questions to what is always a thoughtful conversation on the future of health policy in Washington State.

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

Sen. Emily Randall: Vice Chair, Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee

Sen. Karen Keiser: Member, Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee

Rep. Marcus Riccelli: Member, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

11:00 - 11:50

Racism in health care: institutions and outcomes

Structural racism, violence in our streets, and the murder of Black men and women by police may seem like topics removed from the day to day of health care. But, the health care sector doesn't exist in a vacuum. From the boardroom to the exam room, from the finance department to the community health worker, race and racism are present in health care in meaningful ways that aren’t always fully understood. This panel will discuss what racism looks like in Washington State health care, and how race continues to be a factor in the experience our community has when they engage in the institutions meant to keep them well.

Rep. Vandana Slatter: Member, House College & Workforce Development

Leanne Berge: CEO, Community Health Plan of Washington

Kristin Conn, MD: Medical Director, Director Equity & Inclusion, Kaiser Permanente

11:00 - 11:50

New models of care delivery borne from the pandemic

The pandemic is changing us in meaningful ways. We don’t shake hands much, and hugs seem like a thing of the past. So, how is care changing as a result? Is the site of care shifting? Are our expectations of the system different now? Are we savvier shoppers or perhaps just more scared? This group of experts will discuss the topic and share their ideas on the long term impacts of 2020 on the system.

Kyle Downey, PharmD: Medical Affairs Executive Director, Genentech

Frances Gough, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Molina Healthcare

David O'Brien, MD: SVP/Chief Executive, Inland Northwest Region

11:00 - 11:50

Workforce development in a changing economy

It is clear that the structure of the economy - and the meaning of work - is shifting during this economic moment. From work from home to mass layoffs, things will change in meaningful ways for some years. So, how will that impact how we think of work in health care? And, how does that mean we need to change the way we develop our workforce to meet this new moment in health care? This thoughtful panel will explore the topic and bring their best thinking to the questions that lie ahead.

Rep. Tana Senn: Chair, House Human Services & Early Learning Committee

Dawn DeWitt,MD: Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Dan Ferguson: Director, WA State Allied Health Center of Excellence

12:00 - 1:00

Keynote: 5 Things We're Watching

To close the first day of State of Reform, DJ Wilson will offer his deep dive presentation into some of the big questions and topics the team at State of Reform are watching in Washington State health care. This expansive and fast-paced presentation will cover only five topic areas but will provide a unique level of depth and insight into each area, providing context to some of the most pressing challenges of the day. Bring your questions to what will be an interactive conversation.