Detailed Agenda

Our 2022 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of nearly 80 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 Washington health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on January 6th. 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 Seattle!

All agenda times are local!


9:00 - 9:20

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.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

9:20 - 9:50

Morning Keynote: One on One Conversations

The Morning Keynote will include one on one conversations with some of Washington’s most thoughtful leaders at the intersection of health care and health policy. These dynamic conversations will offer insights into their thinking about the future of Washington State health care in 2022.

Sen. Reuven Carlyle: Chair, Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee

Hon. Teresa Mosqueda: Chair, Budget Committee, Seattle City Council

Anthony Woods: Chief Executive Officer, Amerigroup

10:00 - 10:50

Capitol insiders discuss health policy in the session ahead

In what is always one of our most popular sessions, some of Washington’s most well-respected government relations professionals will discuss the upcoming 2022 session. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive.

Penny Lipsou: Government Relations Director, American Heart Association 

Sybill Hyppolite: Legislative Director, Washington State Labor Council

Isaac Kastama: Principal, Waterstreet Public Affairs

Brian Enslow: Principal, Arbutus Consulting

10:00 - 10:50

Housing insecurity and health policy

It is clear that it's extremely difficult to be healthy if you're worried about where you might rest your head at night. At the safety net, this becomes even more important as folks can sometimes live on the precipice of housing insecurity. This session will talk through the connection between housing and health, and the policy discussions and initiatives that are gaining traction to address this connection.

Rep. Nicole Macri: Member, House Health and Wellness Committee

Jon Brumbach: Housing Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Andy McMahon: Vice President, Policy, Health and Human Services, United Healthcare Community and State

Barbara diPietro: Senior Director, Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council

10:00 - 10:50

What we have learned from Cascade Care, so far

With Cascade Care now implemented and evolving in Washington State, there is some experiential data to inform a clear-eyed view of the model. So, what impact has the program delivered? What change has resulted? This panel will take up the topic, and talk through how efforts to improve the system will need to be employed in Washington.

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

Mich'l Needham: Chief Policy Officer, Health Care Authority

Chris Bandoli: Executive Director, Association of Washington Healthcare Plans

Ashlen Strong: Senior Policy Director, Washington State Hospital Association 

10:00 - 10:50

Leveraging collaboration to drive cost control

The cost of health care for Washingtonians remains a hot button issue. From market pricing power to utilization and prior authorization, various issues are drawing novel strategies to tamp down the unit cost of care. This session will talk through some of those efforts, highlighting both the lessons learned from success as well as those from setbacks.

Michael Anderson, MD: Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Gina Noh: Healthcare Executive Director, Seattle/Alaska, Genentech

Sheree Paloutzian: Senior Director, Health Plans and Payer Markets, West Region, Quest Diagnostics

Anthony Chen: Director, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

10:00 - 10:50

Getting our hands around new workforce challenges

The pandemic has stressed the health care workforce across all sectors. Workers are experiencing burnout and employers are scrambling to find ways to retain employees. At the same time, discussions around equity and health disparities continue. In this panel, you’ll hear from an array of experts about what they’re doing to address these challenges.

Rep. Liz Berry: Vice Chair, House Labor & Workplace Standards

Claire Verity: President, Regence BlueShield 

Jennifer Muhm: Director of Public Affairs, Washington State Nurses Association 

Nari Heshmati, MD: Senior Regional Medical Director, The Everett Clinic Optum

11:00 - 11:50

Policy leadership: Democrats

Health care reform remains a top issue for Democratic voters, and certainly one of the areas of primary concern for Democrats in the state legislature. With majorities in both chambers, Democrats are expected to continue to drive the health care reform conversation in next year’s session. Bring your questions to what is always a thoughtful conversation on the future of health policy in Washington.

Sen. Emily Randall: Chair, Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee 

Sen. Karen Keiser: Member, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee

Rep. Jessica Bateman: Vice Chair, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

11:00 - 11:50

The new social determinant imperative

The importance of the social determinants is now well known. But, doing something to employ that knowledge in a meaningful and sustainable way is still elusive. This panel will discuss the intersection between the delivery system and community, and the lessons learned from work to connect the two to improve conditions where we live, work, and play.

Anthony Davis: Managing Director, Quality and Accreditation Services, Health Management Associates

Kelsey Potter: Executive Director, Apple Health - Medicaid, Coordinated Care

Melissa Sherry: Vice President, Social Care Integration, Unite Us

Nathan Buck: Director, Education and Community Services, Neighborhood House 

11:00 - 11:50

Elevating health equity: From demographics to site of care

We know the social determinants are primary drivers of one's health status. We also know those influences are not evenly spread across geography or demography. This session will explore what we know about that uneven spread, and discuss strategies to bring about greater equity in how we address social factors in health.

Rep. My-Linh Thai: House Deputy Majority Caucus Chair, Housing, Human Services & Veterans Committee 

Kyle Downey, PharmD: Medical Affairs Executive Director, Seattle/Alaska, Genentech

Julie Lindberg: Vice President, Clinical Services, Regence BlueShield

Martine Pierre-Louis: Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Harborview Medical Center

11:00 - 11:50

Innovations in Medicare Advantage for 2022

How are Washington’s Medicare plans innovating their payment strategies to deliver higher quality care to beneficiaries? From the CMS Innovation Center to the social determinants of health, this panel will hear from subject matter experts about the changing landscape of innovations in Medicare Advantage for 2022.

Sarah Owens: Principal, Health Management Associates

Steve Jacobsen, MD: Medical Director, Government Programs, Premera BlueCross 

Kristin Steinmetz: Regional Director, Provider Engagement, Humana

11:00 - 11:50

Can digital tools bridge a cultural divide?

It's clear that technology will continue to disrupt health care, and with luck, leave the sector much improved. This session will discuss how policy makers can support innovation in the space while ensuring access to those in need, both on an individual and community level.

Greg Vigdor: President, Washington Health Foundation

Rick Rubin: Chief Executive Officer, OneHealthPort

Carol Robinson: Chief Executive Officer, CedarBridge Group

Todd Haedrich: Chief Executive Officer, Optimize Health

12:00 - 12:50

Lunch Keynote: Legislative Panel

Our lunch keynote features top legislators from both chambers in Olympia. From behavioral health bills to addressing workforce issues and dealing with COVID-19, there will be no shortage of health care considerations in the upcoming session. Join us as we get a preview of what the 2022 Legislature will focus on.

Sen. John Braun: Minority Leader, Washington State Senate

Sen. David Frockt: Vice Chair, Senate Ways & Means Committee 

Rep. Eileen Cody: Chair, House Health Care & Wellness Committee

Rep. JT Wilcox: Minority Leader, Washington State House of Representatives

1:15 - 2:05

Policy leadership: Republicans

This panel includes some of the most important Republican legislators in Washington health policy. They will gather to share their thoughts on health and fiscal policy heading into the upcoming session, and how the pandemic will continue to impact the work of the legislature in 2022. Bring your questions to what is always a highly attended and dynamic session.

Sen. Judy Warnick: Member, Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health and Long Term Care

Rep. Paul Harris: Caucus Chair, House Republican Caucus

Rep. Joe Schmick: Ranking Member, House Health and Wellness Committee

1:15 - 2:05

An honest conversation about the behavioral health system

The impacts of the pandemic are likely to continue to affect our mental health for years to come. From increased substance use to anxiety about being in public settings, many in Washington will face a difficult path to a "new normal." This panel will discuss the changing needs of Washington’s behavioral health system as well as the policy responses that can support those needs.

Sen. Manka Dhingra: Chair, Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care

Tom Sebastian: Chief Executive Officer, Compass Health and Member of Fourfront Contributor

Gary Renville: Executive Director, Project Access 

Betsy Jones: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

1:15 - 2:05

How COVID has changed us: Lessons learned from the pandemic

After a year of immense strain, our understanding of COVID and its impact on society and our systems continues to evolve. This session will discuss the lessons from this moment and what we might expect to remain in the post-COVID world, from market activity to policy making.

Umair Shah, MD: Secretary of Health, Washington Department of Health

Sasha Waring, MD: Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Health, Molina

Ettore Palazzo, MD: Chief Medical & Quality Officer, Evergreen Health

1:15 - 2:05

Measuring tradeoffs in Rx policy

Prescription drug pricing and purchasing has been a major topic in both policy and market-centered conversations. So, where do we stand on the subject? How has COVID changed the perception or importance of pharmacies and the pharmaceutical industry? This panel will explore these topics and answer your questions on state prescription drug policy.

Omar Daoud, PharmD: Director of Pharmacy, Community Health Plan of Washington

Dharia McGrew: Director, State Policy, PhRMA

Brian Warren: Director, Government Affairs, Western Region, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

1:15 - 2:05

Employers' impact on system reform

One of the key elements of health reform in 2009-2010 was the engagement of employers pushing for needed change to the system. Since that time, employers have increasingly become active in working to control their health care costs as purchasers, while also engaging in policy conversations to improve the system as a whole. This panel of thought leaders and experts will discuss the impact employers have had on reform and what that will mean for the future of system improvement.

Lindsay Harris: President, Healthcare Management Administrators 

Rick Abbott: Chief Executive Officer, Lyn Health

Nancy Giunto: Executive Director, Washington Health Alliance

Patrick Connor: Washington State Director, NFIB Washington

2:15 - 3:05

An update on federal health policy conversations

The conversation in Washington DC around health care today is expansive, with a focus on driving access and coverage for Americans. This panel of respected national figures will join us to share their latest insights and analysis on how the federal policy landscape might shift in the months ahead.

David Lee: Senior Director, Leavitt Partners

Ingrid Ulrey: Regional Director, US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Colm O'Comartun: Managing Director, 50 State

Scott Nelson: Partner, K&L Gates

2:15 - 3:05

Update from the HCA

This session hosts HCA leadership who will discuss the agency's work to address health disparities in Apple Health, to transform the state's behavioral health system, and its approach to investing federal dollars to support better results and healthier residents. Bring your questions to what is a great opportunity for dialog and interaction.

Sue Birch: Director, Health Care Authority

2:15 - 3:05

Learning from big tech's challenges in health care

The tech sector has brought ambition and resources to the prospect of health reform. But, for all of the hope and energy, how much success has the sector had in reshaping the health care ecosystem? This panel will talk through the gap between hopes and reality, and draw upon the lessons for health care that result.

Carl Rosen, MD: Founder, Call Dr. 

Steve Suter: Chief Operating Officer, Macro Health

Melanie Curtice: Deputy General Counsel, 98point6

2:15 - 3:05

Surveying changes in payment methodologies

COVID has re-elevated the importance of primary care in the success of our health care system. Policy makers are moving to reform payment of primary care, but it's unclear whether such efforts will generate the momentum needed to move the system on its own. This breakout session will discuss the work to reform financial models, as well as the conversations related to the reimbursement system for primary care.

Preston Cody: Director, Network Management, Amerigroup

Tami Hutchison: Vice President, Signify Health

Nathan Johnson: Vice President, Premera BlueCross

Elizabeth Dreicer: Chief Executive Officer, Nobil 

2:15 - 3:05

Is social media the new tobacco?

The data becomes clearer by the day—social media can have profoundly negative impacts on our mental health, particularly for children and teens. From higher rates of anxiety and depression to suicide, it begs the question of whether we’re doing enough as a society to address how this technology is affecting us. Join us on this panel as we dive into one of the most topical sessions on the agenda.

Dimitri Christakis, MD: Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute, & WCAAP Member

Cora Bruener, MD: Trustee, Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Board of Trustees

Ben Wahl, MSW: Strategic Initiatives, Ryther's Aspiring Youth Program

3:15 - 3:25

Afternoon Keynote: One on One conversation with Secretary of State Steve Hobbs

Newly appointed Secretary of State Steve Hobbs is Washington’s newest statewide public servant. During the first portion of our afternoon keynote, Host DJ Wilson will interview Hobbs about his background, his thoughts on election integrity, and the goals he brings to his new office.

Hon. Steve Hobbs: Secretary of State, State of Washington

3:25 - 4:00

Afternoon Keynote: Executive Keynote Panel

We are bringing together a diverse panel of Washington health care leaders for a unique discussion on health policy. During this discussion, four prominent thought leaders with considerable health experience will look back at this year's session, look ahead to the legislative conversations to come, and share their thoughts on the future of Washington health policy.

Leanne Berge: Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Plan of Washington 

Ben Danielson: Clinical Professor, UW School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics

Mark Mantei: Chief Executive Officer, The Vancouver Clinic