Detailed Agenda Day 1

Our 2021 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of almost 100 speakers and experts from across the spectrum of care.

The agenda and speaker list are driven by input from our Convening Panel of health care leaders from across the nation and we’re looking forward to a great event on April 7th and 8th. If you’re not already registered, you can do so here.

The heading colors correspond to track colors on our Topical Agenda to help you organize your day.

For now, let us know if you have any questions about the conference. We look forward to seeing you!

Please note, all session times are in EST!


12:00 - 12:15

Welcome & Introductions

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

12:15 - 1:00

Keynote: A conversation on the future of US health care

US Senator Ron Wyden is the Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and other elements of the US health care system. If health reform is going to move through this Congress, it’s going to pass through -- and likely start -- in his committee. In this conversation we will hear from Sen. Wyden about the committee’s policy agenda and his thoughts on the road through a closely divided Congress. Sen. Patty Murray is the Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee. The HELP Committee has jurisdiction over proposed legislation and matters related to health, public health, aging, and a broad range of other issues. During this conversation, we’ll discuss health reform efforts at the federal level, the country’s COVID-19 response, and work on the HELP Committee’s agenda.

Sen. Ron Wyden: Chair, Senate Finance Committee

Sen. Patty Murray: Chair, Senate HELP Committee

1:00 - 1:50

Reviewing Biden's first 100 days

This conference will be held near the 100-day mark of President Biden’s administration, giving us a unique position to review the first steps of the new presidency. This panel of some of the most well connected DC insiders will talk through the administration’s progress to date, the vision for the summer ahead, and where the policy discussion is likely to lead in 2021.

Jon Blum: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates

Paul Dioguardi: Senior Vice President, Forbes Tate

Elizabeth Goodman: Executive Vice President, America's Health Insurance Plans

Tim Stumm: Founding Editor, Wisconsin Health News, Health News Illinois (Moderator)

1:00 - 1:50

Lessons learned from implementing state waivers

In the federal system where states are the laboratories of innovation, it’s worth surveying the lessons and experiences from a generation of experimentation. This session will review both the successes and the setbacks from demonstration projects in states across the country.

Kathleen Nolan: Regional Vice President, Health Management Associates

Lisa Chan-Sawin: Chief Executive Officer, Transform Health LLC.

Anne Schwartz, PhD: Executive Director, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission 

Barsam Kasravi: President, Western Region Medicaid, Anthem (Moderator)

1:00 - 1:50

Modernizing public health after the pandemic

COVID has laid bare the disparate performance of federal, state and local public health responses. So, what lessons can we take about modernizing the process, infrastructure and funding as a result of the hard-earned experience of this pandemic? This panel of experts will discuss the options and offer recommendations for the road ahead.

Marcus Plescia, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Wilma Wooten, MD: Public Health Officer and Director, County of San Diego Health and Human Services 

Ron Bialek: President, Public Health Foundation

Rick Rubin: Chief Executive Officer, OneHealthPort (Moderator)

1:00 - 1:50

State Case Study: Maryland

The State of Maryland has developed one of the most unique systems of health care financing and coordination in the country. This panel of thought leaders will talk through what has been so successful, what makes the model special, and how other states can employ the experience of the state’s approach to reform.

Joe DeMattos: Chief Executive Officer, Health Facilities Association of Maryland 

Joshua Sharfstein, MD: Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Donna Kinzer: Principal, Kinzer Consulting

2:00 - 2:50

A conversation with Congressional Democrats

This panel will hear from some of the most well respected members of the Democratic conference about their caucus’s vision for health reform, access and security in the 117th Congress. Bring your questions to a panel that will help shine a light on the conversations our country will be having over the next 12-18 months.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer: Member, House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health

Rep. Kim Schrier: Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform 

2:00 - 2:50

Getting the federal government engaged in addressing homelessness

The moral scourge of homelessness is proving too much for many cities to adequately address. Likewise, states appear to need help, funding, and federal statutory support to blend services ranging from housing to health care. This breakout will elevate the role the federal government can play to support local and state governments as they work to address the homelessness crisis in America.

Josh Green, MD: Lt. Governor, State of Hawaii

Larry James: Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, City Square

Mary Frances Charlton: Youth Health Attorney, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

2:00 - 2:50

What have we learned from behavioral health integration?

The idea of “connecting the head to the body” has taken root in a number of states with efforts to integrate the physical and mental health systems. This integration has come in a range of forms, from financial to clinical, from contracting to accountability. This panel will review some of those conversations to see where there may be experiences to be shared and applied across diverse states.

Rachel Nuzum: Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, Commonwealth Fund

Beth Johnson: Chief Executive Officer, Coordinated Care

Bill Treese: President & Chief Executive Officer, Behavioral Health Solutions

2:00 - 2:50

State Case Study: Arizona

The State of Arizona features one of the most forward-thinking and holistic approaches to an integrated Medicaid system in the country. Across demographics and lines of business, Arizona’s Medicaid model has a number of modular characteristics that might be readily adopted by states looking to address social determinants, integration, or flexible models of reimbursement.

Lorry Bottrill: Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Care

Jami Snyder: Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

Jim Stringham: Chief Executive Officer, Banner University Health Plans

3:00 - 3:50

Tracking policy changes at CMS

CMS remains one of the driving forces for innovation in the US health care system. So, knowing what is on CMS’s policy agenda is important to understand the future of efforts at system reform. This panel of careful CMS watchers will talk through what they see and hear from an agency in transition, and what that all means for organizations in 2021.

Robert Horne: President, Forest Hill Consulting 

Craig Kennedy: Chief Executive Officer, Medicaid Health Plans of America 

Frank McStay: Senior Policy Advisor, Baylor Scott & White Health

Matt Hittle: Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump

3:00 - 3:50

Federal policy and the use of telehealth

Is the use of telehealth here to stay? While that question may be open, what is clear is that supportive federal policy is important to maintaining the innovation that has been delivered by telehealth during this pandemic. This group of thought leaders will sift through both sound bites and substance to key in on the most important points of intersection in telehealth and federal policy.

Leah Rosengaus: Director, Digital Health, Stanford Health Care

Mei Wa Kwong: Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy 

Karen Rheuban, MD: Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, University of Virginia

3:00 - 3:50

Meaningful innovations to bend the health care cost curve

Getting control of upward cost trends in health care remains a key challenge for a system that is burdened with the uncertainty of the pandemic. This session will explore what is working in the area of cost mitigation, and what remains to be addressed in an area of concern unlikely to find resolution in the near term.

Sandeep Wadhwa, MD: Global Chief Medical Officer, 3M HIS

Francois de Brantes: Senior Vice President, Episodes of Care, Signify Health

Michael Chernew, PhD: Director, Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School 

3:00 - 3:50

State Case Study: Oregon

The Coordinated Care Organization, or CCO, is one of the country’s most innovative models of reform. This session will discuss how the model integrates the community, providers, health plan, and local leaders into a unique model of care, built on a prioritization of services, and organized with an eye to key benchmarks and transparency.

Patrick Allen: Director, Oregon Health Authority

Eric Hunter: President, CareOregon 

Chuck Hofman, MD: Clinical Consultant, Eastern Oregon CCO 

Tom Holt: Managing Partner, The Holt Company (Moderator)

4:00 - 4:50

How a national needs assessment might inform policy

If America conducted the same sorts of needs assessment that hospitals and public health agencies do, what would it tell us about how best to organize and prioritize our resources? How would our policy response help guide our market activity? This group of experts will connect the dots between market needs, policy responses, and improved outcomes.

Ruth Lindberg: Project Director, Health Impact Project, The PEW Charitable Trusts

David Grossman, MD: Interim Senior Vice President, Social and Community Health, Kaiser Permanente

Bob Critenden, MD: Board Member, Families USA

4:00 - 4:50

Racism as a public health issue

The last 12 months have shown with uncommon clarity the role that race and racism play in our society and in our health care system. From street demonstrations to vaccine distribution, equity across demographics remains elusive. This session will review the data, the outcomes, and the implications for American society and its health care sector.

Georges Benjamin, MD: Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Aletha Maybank, MD: Chief Equity Officer, American Medical Association

Angelica Geter, DrPH: Chief Strategy Officer, Black Women's Health Imperative 

Debra Furr-Holden, PhD: C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, Michigan State University

4:00 - 4:50

Reforms that stabilize the individual market

More than ten years after the passage of the ACA, which focused in part on stabilizing the individual market,  a central element of the recent COVID-19 relief legislation also focuses, in part, on stabilizing the individual market. So, what is working in this space, and how can we help to address the ongoing structural challenges to this line of business? This panel will take up the question, looking to a now-patchwork of policies across the US states, territories, and District of Columbia.

Pam MacEwan: Chief Executive Officer, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Janet Trautwein: Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Health Underwriters

Heather Foster: Vice President, Marketplace Policy, Association for Community Affiliated Plans 

4:00 - 4:50

State Case Study: Hawaii

For years, Hawaii has remained among the lowest cost states in the country, with some of the best levels of health outcomes. Among the reasons that is the case is an innovative approach to employer coverage going back 40 years, as well as a Medicaid strategy called “Ohana Nui”. This panel will review the state’s efforts at system reform in what is perhaps the most unique state in the country.

Mark Mugiishi: President and Chief Executive Officer, HMSA 

Colin Hayashida: Insurance Commissioner, State of Hawaii

Judy Mohr Peterson: Med-QUEST Administrator, State of Hawaii

5:00 - 5:50

Keynote: Evolving costs and utilization during COVID

Robin Gelburd is the President of FAIR Health, a national nonprofit that collects data for and manages the nation's largest database of privately billed health insurance claims. With a repository of over 32 billion private health care claims and 20 billion Medicare claims, the data provides FAIR Health a unique window into pricing and utilization. During this keynote, Gelburd will share data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on pricing and utilization trends in the United States. She'll highlight regional differences, trends over time, and data points in particularly hard-hit states. 

Robin Gelburd: President, Fair Health