Detailed Agenda

Our 2020 Northern California State of Reform Virtual 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 California health care and we’re looking forward to our first virtual event on August 18th. 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 virtually!


8:00 - 8:10

Welcome and Introduction

This opening session will kick off 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

8:10 - 8:50

Morning Keynote: A Conversation with Asm. Lorena Gonzalez and Sen. Richard Pan, MD

This session will feature conversations with some of California’s most thoughtful and influential state legislators. These leaders will discuss the state of politics in California today, the impact of COVID-19 on policy, and they’ll review work done during the legislative session.     

Asm. Lorena Gonzalez: Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee

Sen. Richard Pan, MD: Chair, Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services

9:00 - 9:50

Capitol insiders discuss health policy

This session will feature some of Sacramento's leading government affairs professionals who will talk through the legislative session, the topics teed up for policy makers, and where fiscal conversations are heading.

Teresa Stark: Senior Director, California Government Affairs, Kaiser Permanente

Nick Louizos: Vice President, Government Affairs, California Association of Health Plans

Linda Tenerowicz: Senior Policy Advocate, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

9:00 - 9:50

Behavioral health and the pandemic: What we've learned

As the pressures from the economic crisis and the public health pandemic increase, the safety net will be tested. Maintaining access to mental health for those supported by California's safety net will be critical - but complicated. This session will review the data, survey policy options and discuss strategies for California moving forward.

Kelly Pfeifer, MD: Deputy Director, Behavioral Health, DHCS

Le Ondra Clark Harvey, PhD: Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies

Randall Hagar: Director, Government Affairs, California Psychiatric Association

Brenda Gleason: President, M2 Health Care Consulting (moderator)

9:00 - 9:50

Preparing for the wave in Medi-Cal

With the economic crisis building, it's clear that Medi-Cal will soon face a significant spike in enrollment. State and plan systems will be tested, as will provider bottom lines as reimbursement erodes. This session will discuss the topic and what California may expect from the wave ahead.

Mike Witte, MD: Chief Medical Officer, California Primary Care Association

Abbie Totten: Medi-Cal Program Officer, Health Net

Laurel Lucia: Director, Health Care Program, UC Berkeley Center on Labor

9:00 - 9:50

How has COVID changed health care for good?

The impact of COVID on our health care system has been acute. But, how long will those changes last? Which changes are actually catalyzing positive change that may have been stuck otherwise? This panel of experts will discuss this question and explore what lasting changes may result from this pandemic.

Olivia Kasirye, MD: Public Health Officer, Sacramento County

Samuel Santoro, MD: President & CEO, Sutter East Bay Medical Group

Rafael Gonzalez-Amezcua, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Better Health of California

10:00 - 10:50

The implications for health care in the 2020 elections

The 2020 elections could shape up to be one of the most consequential elections in generations. With redistricting looming, the winners in 2020 could reshape state and federal politics for a decade, or more. So, what will that mean for health policy? What will be the lasting implications into the next administration? This session of experts will take up these questions, and yours!

Scott Nelson: Partner, KL Gates

Jim Gross: Partner, Nielsen Merksamer

Paul Dioguardi: Senior Vice President, Forbes-Tate Partners

10:00 - 10:50

Integrating the social determinants into a sustainable model

It is clear today that health has more to do with one's living and social context than many health care realized just a decade ago. But, doing something with this new awareness to support an individual's health is a scope still often an elusive goal. This session will explore where the health care sector and the social determinants intersect into a sustainable business model for the future.

R.J. Briscione: Sr. Director, SDOH Strategy & Execution, Aetna

Paul LaBrec: Director, Research, 3M Health Information Systems

Natalie Caples: Chief Executive Officer, Central Valley Food Bank

10:00 - 10:50

Where is Medi-Cal re-procurement heading?

Meeting Gov. Newsom's stated goal of universal coverage for Californians will likely require new a new federal partnership and a re-design of Medi-Cal. With the current pause of Medi-Cal's re-procurement, it's unclear how the stated goals of the Newsom administration will coordinate with new contracting with Medi-Cal plans. This session will hope to shine some light on where the future may be heading.

Anthony Wright: Executive Director, Health Access

Katie Heidorn: Executive Director, ITUP

Kristin Cerf: President & CEO, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

10:00 - 10:50

Tele-health and COVID: Lessons for the future

The explosion of tele-health is one of the big stories in health care's response to the pandemic crisis. However, it's not clear that the policy framework which catalyzed adoption will remain, with some arguing that may be a good thing. So, what do we make of tele-health, our experience with it in this crisis, and how things will work in the months to come? This panel will discuss these lessons and the implications for the system overall.

Asm. Cecila Aguiar-Curry: Member, Assembly Health Committee

Joel Gray: Executive Director, Anthem Blue Cross, CA Medicaid

Terri Stratton: Chief Executive Officer, El Dorado Community Health Centers

11:00 - 11:50

Reviewing the evolving budget situation

California's economic situation continues to be uncertain, leaving questions about tax revenues and budget cuts an open topic for discussion in Sacramento. This panel of policy makers and health care advocates will discuss the latest understanding of where the budget conversation is going, and what that could mean for the remainder of 2020.

Sen. Holly Mitchell: Chair, Senate Budget Committee

Janus Norman: Senior Vice President, California Medical Association

Micah Weinberg: Chief Executive Officer, California Forward

11:00 - 11:50

Re-thinking the model for safety-net providers

COVID has exacerbated the challenges facing safety net providers, from financing to outcomes. So, how should the system respond to both learn from these challenges and better prepare for the future? These experts will discuss the question and offer ideas about what the road ahead could include.

Jodi Hicks: CEO, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

Leslie Abasta-Cummings: Chief Executive Officer, Livingston Community Health

Susan Fleischman: Chief Medical Officer, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

11:00 - 11:50

Racism as a public health issue

A new conversation about race and racism is sweeping America, and the health care sector is actively playing a part in the discussion. This session will discuss how racism is baked into America's institutions, including health care, and public health. Bring your questions and an open mind to an important dialog for health care leaders.

Mayra Alvarez: President, The Children's Partnership

Cassandra Jennings: Chief Executive Officer, Greater Sacramento Urban League

Flojaune Cofer, PhD: Senior Director of Policy, Public Health Advocates

Lisa Chan-Sawin: Principal, Transform Health (moderator)

11:00 - 11:50

Payment reform: Learning from COVID

The COVID pandemic has laid bare the problems of a fee for service model based on face to face encounters. That has generated new conversations about care delivery, like tele-health, but it has also reinvigorated conversations about capitation, prospective payment models, and flexible contract arrangements to meet the changing needs of patients. This session will review and discuss the lessons learned during COVID and what that might mean for the future of health care.

Gavin White: Executive Director, Aledade

Chris Mayne: Senior Vice President, Operations, Optum CA

Rick Beavin: Regional President, Senior Products, Humana (invited)

12:00 - 12:50

An update of federal health policy and rule making activity

The Trump administration and Congress continue to discuss significant policy changes, both statutory and regulatory, in spite of the looming election. So, this panel will bring you up to speed on some of the policy and rule-making areas currently in play, from MFAR to DSH payments, price transparency to COVID-related financial support.

Valinda Rutledge: Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs, APG

Jon Blum: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Lisa Anne Bickford: Director, Government Relations, Coventry

12:00 - 12:50

Leveraging school-based services

As stresses on families and kids continues to increase, schools are becoming a natural hub to support kids and families. This is as true for health care services as it is for social services. This panel will discuss the role schools might play in a new community health strategy, and what that could mean for stronger support for family health in the post-COVID world.

Christine Stoner-Mertz: Chief Executive Officer, California Alliance of Child and Family Services

Susan Holt: Deputy Director, Clinical Operations, Fresno County

Trina Frazier: Chief Student Services Officer, Office of the Superintendent, Fresno County

Sarah Arnquist: Vice President, Beacon Health Options (moderator)

12:00 - 12:50

The emerging impact of business voices in health policy

One of the key difference makers in the politics of the ACA's final passage was the active support of some key business groups. Today, in 2020, many of those business groups are looking to re-engage in the health care debate, hoping to drive towards resolution at a national level, as well as a state level. This session will hear from some of these key business and purchaser voices to better understand how that new activism might play out.

Bill Kramer: Executive Director, Health Policy, Pacific Business Group on Health

Ken Stuart: Chairman, Board of Directors, California Health Care Coalition

Kat Wortham: Senior Associate, Housing and Health Policy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

12:00 - 12:50

How new technology is re-shaping health care

Technology was already working to reshape the way health care is delivered and coordinated. With COVID, the logic of technology and digital tools is even clearer. So, what can we expect from these new innovations, and what will that mean for the business model of health care. This session will dig into the weeds on the topic and explore.

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

Steve Robertson: Chief Information Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health

Todd May, MD: Senior Medical Director, Commercial, Health Net

Dave Ford: Vice President, Health Information Technology, California Medical Association (moderator)

1:00 - 1:45

Keynote: One on one conversations in California health care

Our Afternoon Keynote will feature some of California’s most important voices in health care. The session will cover the future of California’s health care system, navigating during the time of COVID-19, and the road ahead. 

Barsam Kasravi, MD: President and CEO, CA Anthem Blue Cross Medicaid

Alex Briscoe: Executive Director, The California Children's Trust