Detailed Agenda

Our 2022 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of nearly 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 Florida health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on May 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 in-person in Tampa!


9:00 - 9:15

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 a new era of policy and politics.

Vern Smith: Host, State of Reform

9:15 - 9:50

Morning Keynote: A Conversation with Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D.

Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D., serves as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd Congressional District and is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. In this conversation, we will hear from Rep. Dunn about the committee's policy agenda and his thoughts on the road ahead through a closely divided Congress. Bring your questions to get a better understanding of what we'll see in Congress in the weeks and months ahead.

U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, M.D.: Member, House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health

10:00 - 10:50

Capitol insiders review the 2022 session

This breakout session will bring together three of the state’s most well-connected government relations professionals for a look back at the health and fiscal policy conversations from the 2022 session. These insiders will also discuss priorities in the interim and where they see health policy headed next in Florida.

Michael W. Garner, Ph.D.: Chief Executive Officer, The Garner Group

Travis Blanton: Partner, Johnson & Blanton

Aimee Diaz Lyon: Attorney, Metz, Husband and Daughton

10:00 - 10:50

Hot topics in Florida Medicaid

Florida’s Medicaid program is set to undergo significant shifts as the state grapples with the dramatic increase in enrollees during the pandemic, the upcoming Medicaid redetermination process, and a reprocurement that’s around the corner. Bring your questions to this session for an engaging conversation on the latest updates in Florida Medicaid.

Elodie Dorso: President & Chief Executive Officer, Evara Health

Patti Grogan: Director, Policy & Programs, Office of Economic Self Sufficiency, Department of Children and Families

Jodi Ray: Program Director of Florida Covering Kids & Families, University of South Florida Health

10:00 - 10:50

How to move the needle on health equity

From access to care to health outcomes, it’s clear that health disparities pervade the health care system. But how do we use our awareness of health disparities and turn it into efforts to create meaningful change? This panel will take up that question and discuss the programs, actions, and initiatives that are showing promise in moving the needle on health equity.

Sen. Shev Jones: Member, Senate Committee on Health Policy

Ariela Eshel: Health Equity Director, Simply Healthcare Plans

Loreen Chant: President & Chief Executive Officer, Health Foundation of South Florida

10:00 - 10:50

Insight into plan-provider relations in 2022

The relationship between the plan that pays for care and the provider that delivers it remains among the most important relationships in all of health care. So, how has the pandemic changed the nature of that relationship? In what new and innovative ways are plans and providers interacting, and what challenges will they grapple with as we move into a post-COVID world? This group of experts will take up these questions and more during this dynamic conversation.

Nate Landsbaum: Plan President & Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine State Health Plan

John Davis: Vice President, Managed Care, BayCare Health System

Bobby Lolley: Executive Director, Home Care Association of Florida

Kelsey Stevens: Principal, Wakely

11:00 - 11:50

Policy leadership: Democrats

Democratic policy makers work continuously to represent their constituents’ needs in a Republican-led legislature. This session will bring Democratic leaders together for a discussion on health policy work from the last session and the plan ahead for 2023.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith: Democratic Ranking Member, House Professions & Public Health Subcommittee

Rep. Michele Rayner: Member, House Health & Human Services Committee

Rep. Kelly Skidmore: Member, House Health & Human Services Committee

11:00 - 11:50

An honest conversation about behavioral health

Florida’s behavioral health sector must grapple with increases in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and isolation, all brought to light by the ongoing pandemic. This panel will explore the solutions that work and the barriers that stand in the way of reducing harm in our communities.

Patrick Glynn: Senior Vice President, National Client Partnerships, Beacon Health Options

Melanie Brown Woofter: President & Chief Executive Officer, Florida Behavioral Health Association

Rosy Cozad: Chief Executive Officer, Behavioral Services Network

Nicole Bradberry: Chief Executive Officer, Florida Association of ACOs, Chief Innovation Officer, MIND 24-7

11:00 - 11:50

Community partnerships that address SDOH

Community partnerships are critical to adequately addressing the social determinants of health. This panel will discuss the intersection between the delivery system and community, and the lessons learned from the work to connect the two to improve the social factors that influence health outcomes.

Miguel Fernandez, M.D.: Chief Medical Officer, Aetna

Sherry Hoback: Chief Executive Officer, Tampa Family Health Centers

Dennis Lemma: Sheriff, Seminole County

11:00 - 11:50

Using technology to transform care

From wearables to telehealth, from artificial intelligence to algorithms, technology is reshaping care delivery and coordination. So, what lessons have we learned about tech's efficacy as a tool for better health? Join this panel for a conversation on the possibilities, challenges, and impact of technology on care delivery in Florida.

Ron Goncalves: General Manager, Florida, Nomi Health

Adimika Arthur: Executive Director, HealthTech for Medicaid (HT4M)

Andrew Post: Chief Innovation Officer, Hazel Health

12:00 - 12:50

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 1:50

Policy leadership: Republicans

With majorities in both chambers, Republican lawmakers have significant influence over health and fiscal policy in the state. We’ve convened this group of legislative leaders to discuss the majority party’s priority health issues and their vision for Florida’s health care system.

Sen. Jason Brodeur: Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Health Policy

Rep. Sam Garrison: Republican Committee Whip, House Health & Human Services Committee

1:00 - 1:50

A focus on kids and moms: From mental health to maternity

This panel will bring together child and maternal health experts to discuss the road ahead for improving Florida families’ access to care. The conversation will address ways to support Florida youth’s behavioral health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to reduce maternal mortality and associated health disparities, and more.

LeAnn Magre, MSSW, MBA, LCSW, CCM: Director, Child & Family Wellness Product Innovations, Aetna Medicaid

Lynn Berger, M.D.: Managing Plan Performance Medical Director, Simply Healthcare Plans

Yamel Belen: Owner, One Love Doula Services

Jeff Brosco, M.D., Ph.D.: Professor & Associate Chair (Population Health), University of Miami, Department of Pediatrics

1:00 - 1:50

Payment transformation and its impact on care

From moving toward value-based care to strengthening community partnerships, this session will talk through payment transformation efforts in Florida and their impact on care. Panelists will discuss quality and outcome performance measures, lessons learned through payment transformation, and where we go from here.

David Muhlestein, Ph.D.: Chief Research & Innovation Officer, Health Management Associates

Matthew Ferrara: Regional Manager, 3M HIS

Jocelyn Chisholm Carter: Regional President, Humana

2:00 - 2:50

A review of federal health policy

The conversation around federal health policy is expansive, with a focus on lowering costs and expanding coverage for Americans. This panel of subject matter experts will join us to share their insights and analysis on how the federal policy landscape continues to evolve. Bring your questions to get a better understanding of what is to come in Congress.

Andrea Maresca: Federal Policy Director, Health Management Associates

Dave Lee: Director, Leavitt Partners

2:00 - 2:50

Innovations in care for elders

With over four million Florida residents over the age of 65, ensuring access to care for seniors is an integral part of health policy discussions. From dual eligibles to nursing home reform, this panel will explore ways to improve care for Florida elders.

Deb Hatton: Director, HCBS Waiver and Specialized Recovery Services, CareSource

David Rogers: President, Independent Living Systems

Jeff Johnson: Florida State Director, AARP

Matt Hudson: Executive Director, Florida PACE Association

2:00 - 2:50

Strategies to expand and support Florida's health care workforce

One of the biggest impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system is the effect it’s had on the workforce. Widespread labor shortages, burnout from the pandemic, and an aging workforce are all stressing the health care system. This group of leaders will explore what the best solutions are to this ongoing crisis.

Natalie Kelly: Chief Executive Officer, Florida Association of Managing Entities 

Justin Senior: Chief Executive Officer, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida

Jing Wang, Ph.D.: Dean & Professor, Florida State University College of Nursing 

3:00 - 3:50

Afternoon Keynote

Beth Kidder served as Florida’s Deputy Secretary for Medicaid from 2016 to 2021. With more than 20 years of experience working within the state Medicaid system, Kidder has extensive experience in managed care, long-term care services, coverage policies, quality improvement, and organizational development. During our Afternoon Keynote, Kidder will join us for a conversation on the future of Florida health care, the health system conversations on the horizon, and what comes next in a post-COVID world.

Beth Kidder: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates