Detailed Agenda Day 2

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 - 12:50

Keynote: What the models say about the future of COVID in the US

Chris Murray, MD, leads the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In that role, he oversees modeling related to COVID and other diseases, work that has proven to be among the most accurate predictors of COVID activity in the United States. Dr. Murray will share the latest data and an up-to-date model of COVID for the summer and fall of 2021. Want to know when we will get to herd immunity in the US? Dr. Murray knows, and will speak to this question to kick off Day 2 at State of Reform.

Christopher Murray, MD: Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

1:00 - 1:50

What could a public option look like in America?

One of most talked about innovations teed up among state and federal policy makers is the possibility of a public option for health care. However, what a public option looks like can vary widely depending on the setting. This panel of state policy makers will highlight variations in a public option model from leaders at work on the subject.

Sen. David Frockt: Vice Chair, Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee

Sen. Matt Lesser: Dep. Majority Leader, Connecticut Senate

Rep. Dylan Roberts: Member, Colorado House of Representatives

Bob Crittenden, MD: Board Member, Families USA (Moderator)

1:00 - 1:50

How will the Biden administration change the relationship with states?

The future of the federal-state relationship is likely to change significantly under the Biden administration. From waiver authority to financial support for bending the cost trend, both Congress and the administration appear ready to catalyze state-based change. This panel of some of Washington DC’s most esteemed thought leaders will talk through what the future holds as the administration begins to drive state-based system reform.

Jim Capretta: Milton Friedman Chair, American Enterprise Institute 

Chris Jennings: Founder and President, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform (Moderator)

1:00 - 1:50

Preparing for the next pandemic

While this pandemic is compared to the 1918 experience, it’s unlikely that it will be 100 years before the next major public health event hits the country. So, what has been learned from this experience that can inform the next? How will we be better prepared next time this wave crashes upon us? Experts from a range of perspectives will come to these questions, and yours, in this session.

Sarah Arnquist: Vice President, Client Partnerships, Beacon Health Options 

Lori Tremmel Freeman: Chief Executive Officer, National Association of County and City Health Officials 

Amesh Adalja, MD: Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security

1:00 - 1:50

State Case Study: Colorado

The Centennial State has been the site of ambitious, first-in-the nation health policy initiatives in recent years. Colorado lawmakers recently launched an effort to establish a public health insurance option. The state also took first steps to import prescription drugs from Canada. Michael Conway, the state's insurance commissioner, and Kim Bimestefer, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, will discuss these topics and more in this exciting panel examining Colorado's health policy. 

Michael Conway: Insurance Commissioner, State of Colorado

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

Billy Wynne: Chairman, Wynne Health Group (Moderator)

2:00 - 2:50

A conversation with Congressional Republicans

This session includes some of the most important voices on health policy and system reform from the Republican conference. These Congressmen will discuss priority policy issues, the federal COVID-19 response, and the outlook for health reform in Congress. Be sure to bring your questions to these forward-looking conversations. 

Rep. Michael Burgess, MD: Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee 

Rep. Buddy Carter: Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health

Rep. Fred Upton: Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform (Moderator)

2:00 - 2:50

Weaving state and federal policy together on mental health

It is increasingly clear that addressing the trauma of this COVID pandemic is likely to take extensive coordination among government agencies, the private sector, and our community. And, it will take time. This panel of some of the country’s most well respected voices on mental health policy will review the data, discuss policy options, and look ahead to the work that lies in front of us as a nation.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg: Founder, Steinberg Institute

Andy Keller, PhD: President and Chief Executive Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Brad Lerner: Health Policy Director, Anthem

2:00 - 2:50

Measuring the cost of provider consolidation

As concerns rise about anti-trust activity in health care, state and federal actors appear ready to take a more engaged approach to regulating the sector. From a new HHS Secretary-Appointee to states Attorneys General, policy makers are talking more openly about accountability. This session will explore what that means for a sector that may not be prepared for a more stringent level of oversight.

Dr. Richard Scheffler: Director, Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare, UC Berkeley

Suzanne Delbanco, PhD: Executive Director, Catalyst for Payment Reform

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

Abigail Kaericher: Attorney, Hall Render (Moderator)

2:00 - 2:50

State Case Study: Texas

The Texas health care system has developed a hospital-centered strategy for community health that addresses a range of social determinants, while reducing inappropriate use of hospital services. It’s a DSRIP-funded model that has changed the nature of health care service delivery in the state, with implications for other states which rely on hospitals at the center of their system of care.

Steve Love: Chief Executive Officer, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council

Stephanie Muth: Principal, Stephanie Muth Consulting

Brittani Bilse: Director of 1115 Waiver Strategy, Texas Health and Human Services 

3:00 - 3:50

Congressional insiders discuss federal health policy

These government relations professionals work every day to inform good public policy in the halls of Congress, working across party lines on behalf of their members and clients. They know how to make the system work and how to make an immovable system churn forward. They’ll offer their insights on the road ahead for policy making in the nation’s capital and what to expect from the 116th Congress over the next 18 months.

John Williams: Shareholder, Hall Render

Ladan Ahmadi: Deputy Director, Economic Communications and Health Care Policy, Third Way 

Aisha Pittman: Vice President, Policy, Premier Inc. 

Scott Nelson: Partner, K&L Gates 

3:00 - 3:50

Which COVID innovations should remain after the pandemic?

The pandemic has drawn out some of the best in problem solving and meeting the moment, both from the private sector and the public. So, as our eyes look to the hope of a post-pandemic world, what have we learned from this last year that should stick around? What innovations should remain as we move forward? This session will highlight the best lessons learned and what it means for the months ahead.

Gordon Moore, MD: Senior Medical Director, Clinical Strategy and Value-based Care, 3M HIS 

Jason McNamara: Health Lead, Health and Human Services, Amazon Web Services 

Natalie Lambert, PhD: Associate Research Professor of Biostatitstics & Health, Indiana University School of Medicine

3:00 - 3:50

Integrating the social determinants into a stable business model

It is now mainstream knowledge that the social determinants are primary drivers of one’s health status. But, putting that awareness to use in a system focused on financing health care services is not an easy task. This session of experts will talk through what it takes to address the social determinants in a way that is financially sustainable, provides returns on the investments, and most importantly, improves health outcomes.

Elena Marks: Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Foundation

Abner Mason: Chief Executive Officer, ConsejoSano

Robert Sheehan: Chief Executive Officer, Community Mental Health Association of Michigan

Heather Bates: Chief Operations Officer & Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, Transform Health (Moderator)

3:00 - 3:50

State Case Study: New York

New York’s 1115 demonstration model was one of the first in the country to use delivery system innovation funds to drive improvement in community level health in a hospital-centered experience. So, what lessons can be drawn from the experience that might inform other states? This session will dig into the weeds on the subject and your questions.

Kalin Scott: Chief Innovation Officer, Helgerson Solutions 

Brett Friedman: Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of Health Insurance Programs, Department of Health, State of New York

4:00 - 4:50

Innovations in financing and delivering Medicare

Some of the most important system reforms in the United States are happening in Medicare, either through innovations driven by CMS or new approaches via Medicare Advantage. This panel of experts will talk through that work and the opportunities which lay ahead for the public program.

Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz: President and Chief Executive Officer, Better Medicare Alliance 

Gretchen Jacobson, PhD: Vice President, Medicare, Commonwealth Foundation

Kathrine Hayes: Director of Health Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center 

Dawn Johnson: Consultant, Transform Health (Moderator)

4:00 - 4:50

Health care and its interface with criminal justice

The health care system often abruptly stops at the doors of the incarceration system. However, the ability to support formerly incarcerated individuals with wrap around health services can have a dramatic impact on the ability to stay out of the system and lower rates of recidivism. This panel of thought leaders will discuss the data that underlies this connection, and highlight new models of system engagement that can lead to better health and social outcomes.

Rebecca Vauter, PsyD: Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Armor Health 

Terri Hurst: Policy Coordinator, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Cassandra Ramdath: Senior Research Associate, Justice Policy Center, The Urban Institute

4:00 - 4:50

How tech might meaningfully impact health care outcomes

It’s clear that the tech sector has its eyes set on disrupting the health care system. So, what do they see that health care leaders might mis? How will advances in technology improve the health status of our entire community, rather than select demographics. This group of some of the most well respected leaders in the space will take up the topic and your questions.

Tom Insel, MD: Co-Founder, Mindstrong

Chris Wasden, EdD: Head of HappifyDTx, HappifyHealth

Rick Rubin: Chief Executive Officer, OneHealthPort (Moderator)

4:00 - 4:50

State Case Study: Washington State

In the Pacific Northwest, system reforms have led to a deep level of integration of physical and behavioral health in Medicaid in Washington State. It has also led to a model of community engagement and empowerment that is unique among US states. This case study will review the successes as well as the obstacles which remain as Washington State reforms it’s safety net.

Allan Fisher: Interim Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare of Washington Community and State 

Alison Poulsen: Executive Director, Better Health Together

MaryAnne Lindeblad: Medicaid Director, Health Care Authority

5:00 - 5:50

Keynote: One on One conversations

To end the day, we will convene some of America's most important thought leaders and well-respected policy makers in a series of One on One conversations about where US health policy goes from here, and what they see on the road ahead in 2021. Come ready to engage and to conclude a busy day at State of Reform! 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Hon. John Kitzhaber, MD: Former Governor, State of Oregon

David Hering: Regional President, North America, Vaccines, Pfizer