September 6, 2023

The Westin Pasadena

2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference

Conference Overview

The 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference will once again take place in-person at the Westin Pasadena Hotel on September 6th, 2023!

The State of Reform conference is focused on bridging the gap between health policy and political reality. If you are interested in understanding what occurs at the nexus of healthcare and politics, then this is the conference for you! Our agenda will provide a forum for discussion on the local health policy issues facing the Southern California region. Specifically, this conference will focus on Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties.

Join us at the Westin Pasadena hotel on September 6th to discuss the most important healthcare activities taking place in Southern California. If you have any questions or speaker suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!

Topical Agenda

Here is our 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference Topical Agenda! This represents input from hours of conversations with our Advisory Panel and stakeholders across the spectrum of California healthcare over the last number of months.

If you have suggestions for speakers, please feel free to drop us a line. We would love to hear your thoughts on this!

Please note that all agenda times are local.

We are honored to release our list of Advisory Panel members ahead of our 2023 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference!

If you know Southern California healthcare, then you know this is a “who’s who” of senior healthcare executives and health policy leaders in the state. These folks will help shape our September agenda through a process that launches early summer 2023.

Want to be a speaker? Want to join the Advisory Panel? Just have questions? If so, drop us a line and let us know you’re interested.

FirstLastTitleOrganization
JohnBaackesCEOLA Care
BillBarcellonaExecutive Vice PresidentAmerica's Physician Groups
JohnConnollyChief of StrategyLA County Public Health
JulieElginerFacultyUCLA Fielding School of Public Health
MartyGallegosPrincipal PartnerGenesis Consultants
YunkyungKimChief Operating OfficerCalOptima
MariaLacknerSenior Director, Partnership EngagementBlue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
MariaLemusExecutive DirectorVision y Compromiso
MatthewLevinVice President of Government ContractsMolina Healthcare
LouiseMcCarthyPresident & CEOCommunity Clinic Association of LA County
DarrelNgVice President, Communications & MarketingHealth Net
JohnO'ConnorManaging DirectorHealth Management Associates
LesYbarraMedicaid Plan PresidentAnthem Blue Cross

Event Sponsors

Blue California Promise Health Plan Anthem Blue Cross LA Care Health Plan

Major Sponsors

HMA - Health Management Associates

Track Sponsor

Carelon Behavioral Health

Exhibitor Sponsor

Heluna Health

Event Sponsors

Major Sponsors

HMA - Health Management Associates

Track Sponsors

Carelon Behavioral Health

Exhibitor Sponsors

Heluna Health

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8:30 - 9:30

Registration/Networking Breakfast

The networking breakfast will take place before the start of the conference to allow attendees to grab a light refreshment and connect with their fellow colleagues before we kick things off for the day.

9:30 - 9:35

Welcome & Introduction

9:35 - 10:30

Opening Plenary: The Future of the Safety Net

Regional health leaders will share their perspectives on the direction of health reform initiatives, the pace of change, and the hope for improvement. As we seek to explore the levers, opportunities, and challenges for locally driven reforms, this discussion will set the stage for the conference.

Sameer Amin, MD: Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan

Karen Spiegel: District 2 Supervisor, Riverside County

Lisa Wong, Psy.D: Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Kathleen Nolan: Regional Vice President, Health Management Associates (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

CBOs' Operational Readiness for CalAIM

The CalAIM initiative has engaged community-based organizations in healthcare in a brand new way, as health plans and clinical providers come together with CBOs to better serve the Medi-Cal population with integrated health and social supports. What do CBOs need to successfully contract with healthcare entities in ways that benefit consumers, payers, and CBOs alike?

Kimberly Lewis: Managing Attorney, Los Angeles, National Health Law Program

Jessica Rosenbaum: Director of Operations, Full Circle Health Network

Laura Collins: Associate Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Transitions & Coverage for the Justice-Involved Population

Earlier this year, California became the first state to provide Medicaid coverage to incarcerated individuals up to 90 days prior to release. As several other states follow suit to partner in covering services for this population, what will implementation look like in California, and what will be its impact on the state’s healthcare system? Join these experts for a robust discussion on a very timely topic.

Autumn Boylan: Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, California Department of Health Care Services

Anders Corey: Health Deputy, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Yvette Willock: Chief of Social Services, Los Angeles County Justice Care and Opportunities Department

Linda Henderson-Smith, PhD: Senior Product Management Director, Carelon Behavioral Health

Lauren Ohata: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

State of Today's Healthcare System in the Region

The financial conditions of many healthcare providers are in significant turmoil. COVID relief funds have dwindled and unspent funds are drying up. Workforce costs continue to rise and instability is the prevailing mood. As we continue down the post-pandemic path, our panelists will discuss the implications of these factors on healthcare entities.

Sameer Amin, MD: Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care Health Plan

George Greene: President & Chief Executive Officer, Hospital Association of Southern California

Toni Johnson-Chavis, MD: Chief Executive Officer, De Novo Healthcare Community

Louise McCarthy: President & Chief Executive Officer, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

Data Exchange: Challenges & Opportunities in CalAIM

Integration efforts, holistic care, social determinants, and other aspects of healthcare reform rely on the timely exchange and usability of data at every level—provider, patient, payer, and policymaker. This requirement is well-recognized, but hard to achieve. We’ll discuss the status of the exchange environment and where we go from here to achieve the goals of integrated care.

Skylar Fordahl: Director, Medi-Cal Performance and Optimization, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

Mimi Hall: Vice President, Public Health & Innovation, Manifest Medex

Ali Modaressi: Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES)

1:00 - 2:00

Progress & Pitfalls in Improving Behavioral Health Access

Integration efforts, holistic care, social determinants, and other aspects of healthcare reform rely on the timely exchange and usability of data at every level—provider, patient, payer, and policymaker. This requirement is well-recognized, but hard to achieve. We’ll discuss the status of the exchange environment and where we go from here to achieve the goals of integrated care.

Skylar Fordahl: Director, Medi-Cal Performance and Optimization, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

Mimi Hall: Vice President, Public Health & Innovation, Manifest Medex

Ali Modaressi: Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services (LANES)

1:00 - 2:00

Progress & Pitfalls in Improving Behavioral Health Access

Timely and reliable access to behavioral health services is an undeniable challenge, but an essential part of California’s health reform agenda. From crisis to services to recovery, local residents face many barriers, and our healthcare systems consistently must care for people in less than ideal settings, including ERs, acute hospitals, or jails. While there is much progress, a long road remains ahead. Our panelists will discuss what factors are most positive in our progress to date and what remains a barrier to improvement.

Debbie Manners: President & Chief Executive Officer, Sycamores

Lucy Marrero: Director, Behavioral Health & Social Programs, Gold Coast Health Plan

Alison Klurfeld: Owner, Klurfeld Consulting (moderator)

1:00 - 2:00

Public Health Post Pandemic: Recovery & Preparedness

Today, most of us talk about the pandemic in the past tense. But it’s still a prominent topic on health leaders’ minds. With public health working to implement the lessons learned from COVID and strengthening its preparedness for the next public health emergency, these panelists will assess the changes being adopted and discuss what public health looks like in Southern California post-pandemic.

Muntu Davis, MD: County Health Officer, County of Los Angeles Public Health

Kim Saruwatari: Public Health Director, Riverside Department of Public Health

Michael Sequeira, MD: County Health Officer, San Bernardino County

Jonathan Freedman: Regional Vice President, Health Management Associates (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

Implementing Case Management & CalAIM to Improve Children's Health

CalAIM’s programs for children are moving ahead. The case management systems in place for other populations must be adapted for children’s unique needs and circumstances. We must also engage many new providers and community organizations to successfully implement case management for children. Our panelists will explore the implementation pathway and potential pitfalls and opportunities for a successful implementation.

Minsun Meeker: Assistant Executive Director, Los Angeles County, Office of Child Protection

Takashi Wada, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Inland Empire Health Plan

Nancy Wongvipat Kalev, MPH: Senior Director of Systems of Care, Health Net

Christina Altmayer: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

Efforts to Provide Permanent Housing

Supporting Southern California’s unhoused population is a critical priority for the region’s healthcare sector, as housing is being increasingly acknowledged as an essential part of healthcare. This group of subject matter experts will review some of the state’s recent initiatives to provide permanent housing and explore strategies it can pursue going forward.

Kelly Bruno-Nelson: Executive Director, Medi-Cal/CalAIM, CalOptima

Kristopher Kuntz: Program Director, Anthem

Nicholas Weinmeister: Project Specialist, USC Homelessness Policy Research Institute

3:30 - 4:15

Closing Plenary: A Look Forward at CalAIM and Other Initiatives

We’re closing out the conference with a forum of leaders who will speak about the progress made so far under CalAIM, the dynamic nature of the initiative, and how the health sector is navigating its rapidly moving timeline. This can’t-miss conversation will contextualize the various panel discussions that took place throughout the day.

Bihu Sandhir, MD: Chief Quality Officer, AltaMed Health Services

Les Ybarra: President, California Medicaid Health Plan, Anthem

Louise McCarthy: President & Chief Executive Officer, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (moderator)

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