Detailed Agenda Day 1
Our 2021 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of almost 90 speakers and experts from across the spectrum of care.
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 6th and 7th. 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!
Welcome & 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
Keynote: Projecting the future of COVID
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is one of the country's leading outlets for COVID projections and epidemiological research. In this presentation by the Director of IHME at the University of Washington, we will review the data and trends related to the disease and look ahead to what vaccines and additional policy measures might hold for us in 2021.
Christopher Murray, MD: Director, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Networking: Health Care Reform with DJ Wilson, Host of State of Reform
Our hallway conversations are looking different this year than they have in the past, but we’re not letting these unprecedented times stop us. After the morning keynote, join this virtual networking session with DJ Wilson to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities surrounding health care reform in Washington state.
DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform
Policy leadership: Democrats
This panel includes some of the most important Democratic legislators in Washington State health policy. They will gather to discuss their observations on health and fiscal policy in the legislative session ahead and discuss how the pandemic will impact the work and logsitcis of the legislature ahead. Bring your questions to what is always a popular session.
Sen. Annette Cleveland: Chair, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee
Rep. Lauren Davis: Member, House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Rep. Steve Tharinger: Member, House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Building connections between health care and public health
The pandemic has laid bare a range of inadequacies in our health system, including the lack of meaningful coordination between public health and the delivery system. This session will discuss how the lessons from COVID are impacting the gap between these silos and how a new model of integration is developing.
Jennifer Graves, RN: Vice President, Quality and Safety, Chief Nursing Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Patty Hayes: Director, Public Health - Seattle King County
James Wallace, MD: Chief Health Officer, Family Health Centers
Update from HCA
In what is always a well attended session, leaders from the Washington State Health Care Authority will join State of Reform to highlight the agency's work ahead in 2021. This will include a deep dive on policy initiatives ahead both in the legislative session and in regulatory affairs.
Sue Birch: Director, Washington State Health Care Authority
Maryanne Lindeblad: Medicaid Director, Washington State Health Care Authority
David Iseminger: Director, Employees and Retirees Benefits Division, Washington State Health Care Authority
Mich'l Needham: Chief Policy Officer, Policy Division, Washington State Health Care Authority
Building a more equitable health care system
If the principle that 'separate is never equal' holds in other parts of our American society, why is a fractured, segregated and inequitable system in American health care still acceptable? This session will discuss the vision for a more equitable health care system, and what will be needed from market executives and policy leaders to bring the vision to reality.
Rep. Paul Harris: Caucus Chair, House Republican Caucus
Leanne Berge: Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Plan of Washington
Aaron Katz: Retired Principal Lecturer, Health Services, University of Washington
Sponsored Session: A regional approach to health equity
Washington’s nine Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) have emerged as independent leaders in transforming the health of communities across the state. The ACHs take a regional approach to integrating physical and behavioral health, rewarding health outcomes, addressing the needs of seniors, and improving health equity. This sponsored session from Regence BlueShield will explore the emerging role of ACHs in transforming health care across all parts of the state (rural and urban, Eastern and Western Washington).
Diana Bianco: Principal, Artemis Consulting; Consultant, ACH Statewide Network
Peggy Maguire: Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Palliative Care, Cambia Health Solutions; President, Cambia Health Foundation
Liz Baxter: Chief Executive Officer, North Sound ACH
Networking: Health Policy with Bob Crittenden, MD
Prepare to share your insights, and your contact information, when you come to this health policy networking session led by Bob Crittenden, MD.
Bob Crittenden, ND: Former Senior Health Policy Advisor, Office of Gov. Jay Inslee
Policy leadership: Republicans
These Republican legislators will join State of Reform to update you on their hopes and visions for what will be a unique and historic legislative session. Plan for strong audience engagement and a range of questions from the audience in what is always a highly interactive and candid conversation about the policy conversations ahead.
Sen. Keith Wagoner: Ranking Member, Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health and Long Term Care
Sen. Ron Muzzall: Ranking Member, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee
Rep. Joe Schmick: Ranking Minority Member, House Health Care and Wellness Committee
Scaling the best innovations from the pandemic
A range of innovations have been tested and tried during this pandemic. Some of them have had modest results. Some have been transformational. But what will stick around? What should we keep as we move into the post-COVID space? This session will discuss the possibilities and the promise borne from a hard-earned education in this pandemic.
Sean Farley: Administrative Director, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Usha Sankrithi, MD: Senior Medical Director, Coordinated Care
Craig Eagle: Vice President, US Oncology Medical Affairs, Genentech
What could building a universal system look like?
With the work of the Universal Health Care Work Group leading to a conversation in the legislature this year, where might we expect the conversation about universal to lead in the session ahead? If there is increasing support for a system of universal coverage, how does that vision become reality within the complex nature of health politics today? This session will discuss these questions and point towards possible pathways forward.
Rep. Nicole Macri: Vice Chair, House Healthcare and Wellness Committee
Lynette Vehrs: President, Washington State Nurses Association
Vicki Lowe: Executive Director, American Indian Health Commission for Washington State
Bevin McLeod: Executive Director, Alliance for a Healthy Washington
Closer integration of long term care and the health care system
COVID has further highlighted the importance of close coordination between our long term and post-acute care settings, and the health care delivery system that often generates their patient load. So, how successful is that coordination, and what can be done to further catalyze it? This session will discuss how these systems of care are moving closer together, and how both market actors and policy makers can support further alignment.
Lauri St. Ours: Executive Vice President for Government Relations, Washington Health Care Association
Abby Solomon: Executive Director, SEIU 775 Health Benefits Group
Lynn Kimball: Executive Director, Aging and Long-Term Care of Eastern Washington
Sponsored Session: Triple Aim: Genentech's Vision & Perspective on Current Events
Genentech aims to partner across the healthcare continuum to help deliver ongoing improvement in patient health outcomes while lowering healthcare costs.
Gina Noh: Healthcare Market Executive Director (Seattle/Washington), Genentech
Bill Ames: Healthcare Market Executive Director (Eastern Washington), Genentech
Tim Layton: State Government Affairs (Pacific Northwest), Genentech
David Barhoum: Healthcare Market Director (Pacific Northwest), Genentech
Kyle Downey: Medical Affairs Executive Director (Seattle/Washington), Genentech
Networking: Primary Care with Shawn West, MD, CMO of Embright
Join this virtual networking session to connect with new and old friends while also learning more about Shawn West, MD and what Embright is doing for the Primary Care world.
Shawn West, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Embright Health
What is the status of our mental health?
This is a dark winter, indeed. And, our community's mental health is struggling with it, just as has been expected. But that doesn't mean we are powerless, either as individuals or as a system, to address these challenges and support the mental health of our communities. This session will talk through the strategies in place and the work underway to improve mental health in Washington State.
Sen. Manka Dhingra: Chair, Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health and Long Term Care
Sasha Waring, MD: Medical Director, Molina Healthcare
Jim Polo, MD: Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueShield
Tom Sebastian: Chief Executive Officer, Compass Health
Capitol insiders talk through the next session
In what is a cornerstone session at State of Reform, these advocates and government relations professionals will discuss what they see coming for health policy in the legislative session ahead. They will update you on the conversations taking place among policy makers well before the lights of the cameras come up in the next session. Bring your questions to what is always an informative and enlightening session.
Lauren Baba: Deputy Director, Government Relations, University of Washington Medicine
Erica Hallock: Government Relations Consultant, Hallock Consulting
Katie Kolan: Partner, Leonard & Kolan
Amber Ulvenes: Consultant, Ulvenes Consulting
The financial implications of repealing the ACA
Anyone that tells they know what the Supreme Court is going to do with the ACA lawsuit, California v. Texas, was probably selling encyclopedias last week. Few foresaw the nuanced decision by John Roberts in NFIB v. Sebelius, or the careful but limited affirmation in King v. Burwell. So, it is sober-minded to plan for a wide range of possible options out of a decision in June, 2021. This session will review some of those possibilites and talk about how best to plan for an uncertain road ahead.
Joan Altman, JD: Director, Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Jane Beyer: Senior Health Policy Advisor, Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Billy Wynne: Principal, Wynne Group
Digital health and the approach to system reform
Often, the leaders working in the digital health space have a fundamentally different view of the challenges, culture, and value offerings of a slow-to-change health care system. This session will elevate some of that thinking and offer some insight into how tech companies are thinking about transforming what they see as an opportunity-rich environment in the sector.
Swatee Surve: Chief Executive Officer, LiteSprite
Rick Rubin: Chief Executive Officer, OneHealthPort
Melanie Curtice: Deputy General Counsel, 98point6
Sponsored Session: Clinical and Whole Person Health at the YMCA of Greater Seattle
Let new professional relationships blossom as Sally Sundar leads the discussion on health outcomes in the community and what the YMCA is doing to make a difference in people's lives.
Jeff Rainey: Senior Vice President and Chief Health and Social Services Officer, YMCA of Greater Seattle
Sally Sundar: Program Executive, Health Integration & Transformation, YMCA of Greater Seattle
Afternoon Keynote: Highlights from a tough year
This keynote session will bring you conversations with some of the more leaders in the health care and health policy space that we’ve come across in 2020. We’ll have brief conversations with each of them, gleaning the most important lessons and insights from their experience in health care, including what gives them hope for the year ahead in 2021.
Tracy Foo, MD: Vaccines Medical Director, WA, OR, AK, Pfizer
Scott Miscovich, MD: President & Chief Executive Officer, Premier Medical Group
Bracken Killpack: Executive Director, Washington State Dental Association