January 5, 2023
The Westin Seattle
2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference
The 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference is back and better than ever! This years event will take place in-person at the Westin Seattle on January 5th, 2023!
The State of Reform conference is focused on bridging the gap between health policy and political reality. Too often, those with good ideas for reforming healthcare don’t have a solid understanding of how the legislative process works, and those who understand politics don’t always comprehend the intricacies of the healthcare system. If you are interested in forward-looking discussions about health policy reform at the nexus of healthcare and politics, then this is the conference for you.
Join us at the Westin Seattle on January 5th to discuss the most important health care activities taking place in Washington. If you have any questions or speaker suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!
Here is our 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference Topical Agenda! This represents input from hours of conversations with our Convening Panel and stakeholders across the spectrum of Washington health care 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 Convening Panel members ahead of the 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference!
If you know Washington health care, then you know this is a “who’s who” of senior health care executives and health policy leaders in the state. These folks will help shape our agenda through a process that launches mid November 2022!
Want to be a speaker? Want to join the Convening Panel? Just have questions? If so, drop us a line and let us know you’re interested.
|Government Relations Director
|Arjun, MPH, MSW
|Government Relations Director, Washington State
|Senior Health Policy Advisor
|Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
|Senior Attorney & Policy Advisor
|Northwest Health Law Advocates
|Vice President, Government Relations, Marketing & Communications, and Community Giving
|Director, Public Policy
|Community Health Plan of Washington
|Medical Director, Government Relations & Public Policy, Medical Program Director, HIV & PrEP Program
|Kaiser Permanente Washington
|Founder & Executive Director
|Patient Coalition of Washington
|Director of Government Relations
|Washington State Medical Association
|Senior Medical Director, Central Region
|The Everett Clinic
|Community Engagement Director
|Senior Manager, Marketing - Health Care Industry
|Retired Principal Lecturer, Health Services
|Univ. of Washington
|Senior Policy Advisor - Behavioral Health, Aging and Disability
|Office of Gov. Jay Inslee
|Washington Association for Community Health
|Manager of Behavioral Health Services
|Beacon Health Options
|Seattle City Council
|Government Affairs Director, Washington
|Cambia Health Solutions
|State Government Affairs
|Bristol Myers Squibb
|Executive Director, Health Transformation
|Director of Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations
|Chief of Staff
|Amerigroup of Washington
|Acting Chief Communications Officer
|Health Care Authority
|State Director, Government Affairs
|Washington State Hospital Association
|VP, Government Contracts
|Molina Healthcare of Washington
|Regional Director, Region 10
|US Dept. of Health and Human Services
|Senior Policy Advisor, Public Health and Health Care
|Office of Gov. Inslee
|Director of Strategic Communications
|Premera Blue Cross
|Foundation for Health Care Quality
|Chief Medical Officer
|Senior Policy Advisor
|Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Our 2023 Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of nearly 70 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 which makes it possible to look forward to a great event on January 5th!
For now, let us know if you have any questions about the conference. We look forward to seeing you in-person in Seattle!
Networking Breakfast Sponsored by Unite Us
The networking breakfast will take place before the start of the conference to allow attendees to grab a light refreshment and to connect with one another before we kick things off for the day.
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
Opening Keynote: The future of healthcare in Washington State
HCA Director Sue Birch and WHA Executive Director Drew Oliveira will begin the conference with a unique discussion about their vision for the future of Washington State healthcare. Featuring perspectives from both the state and a high-profile business leader on the current state of healthcare in Washington, the two respected leaders will discuss what’s at stake—the future of Washington health policy and its impact on the state’s healthcare sector.
Sue Birch: Director, Washington State Health Care Authority
Drew Oliveira: Executive Director, Washington Health Alliance
Political insights into the WA legislature
In what is always one of our most popular sessions, this panel of knowledgeable insiders will discuss health policy and fiscal work resulting from the 2022 session, ongoing policy conversations, and their predictions for 2023 and beyond. It’s a can’t-miss conversation on the politics, policies, and personalities driving health policy in Washington.
Jennifer Ziegler: Contract Lobbyist, Assocation of Washington Health Plans
Evan Klein: Special Assistant for Legislative and Policy Affairs, Washington State Health Care Authority
Nick Federicci: Government Relations Consultant, Nick Federicci Government Relations
Apple Health's impact on members & its future implications
Washington’s Apple Health (Medicaid) program covers over 2 million residents and there are plans to expand the program further. Hear from key stakeholders about what’s ahead for Apple Health, including expansion plans, potential service delivery changes, the public health emergency wind-down transitions, and more.
Anthony Woods: President & Chief Executive Officer, Amerigroup Washington
Libby Hein: Director of Behavioral Health, Molina Healthcare of Washington
Vicki Lowe: Executive Director, American Indian Health Commission of Washington State
Emily Brice: Senior Attorney & Policy Advisor, Northwest Health Law Advocates
Liz Arjun: Senior Consultant, Health Management Associates (moderator)
What more can we do to respond to substance use disorder?
Developing effective strategies to respond to substance use disorder in Washington State is challenging work. While the state has put a significant amount of resources into policy interventions for substance use disorder, the issue still merits considerable attention. Join key experts from across this issue to discuss what is next, what more can we do to respond to substance use?
Jess Molberg: Senior Director, Behavioral Health, Coordinated Care
Hon. Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD: Physician Lead, Better Prescribing Better Treatment
Brad Finegood: Strategic Advisor, Public Health, Seattle & King County
New directions for Aging in Place
Like the rest of our nation, Washington’s aging population is continually growing. By 2030, nearly 20% of Washington residents will be age 65 and older. In rural communities, this will jump to nearly 30%. The “aging in place” movement seeks to provide home-based aging support for this substantial demographic. But staying put is something one needs to plan for, and doing so sooner rather than later ensures that everything is set as one ages. State of Reform is thrilled to welcome experts from AARP to lead this discussion and provide tangible take-aways for all in attendance.
Tracy Bos: Vice President, General Manager of Senior Markets, Premera Blue Cross
Cathy MacCaul: Advocacy Director, American Association of Retired Persons
Bea Rector: Assistant Secretary, Aging and Long Term Support Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Marguerite Ro: Washington State Director, American Association of Retired Persons (moderator)
Building trust in public health
Washington’s public health system continues to play an incredibly integral role in Washingtonians’ lives in the aftermath of the pandemic. Protecting the public’s health is a fundamental responsibility of the state. Challenges, however, persist, as harmful rhetoric questioning the legitimacy of public health guidance propagated during the pandemic. What more can we do to build trust in public health moving forward?
Umair Shah, MD: Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health
JanMarie Ward: President, Washington State Public Health Association
Kristin Peterson: Chief of Policy, Washington State Department of Health
Rashad Collins: Chief Executive Officer, Neighborcare Health
Patty Hayes: Former Director of Public Health, Seattle & King County
Legislators discuss healthcare policy priorities
Health policy remains a primary area of concern for the residents of Washington State, and lawmakers are currently preparing legislation to improve healthcare for their constituents during the 2023 session. State of Reform is thrilled to welcome Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to discuss key health-related policy priorities and issues with a focus on the future. Bring your questions to what is always a thoughtful conversation on the future of health policy in Washington.
Sen. Annette Cleveland: Chair, Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee
Sen. Patty Kuderer: Chair, Senate Housing & Local Government Committee
Rep. Marcus Riccelli: Chair, House Healthcare & Wellness Committee
Lessons learned from COVID for care delivery
Redesigning patient care during a pandemic required not only adapting delivery modalities like virtual platforms and site-of-care flexibilities), but also rethinking supply chains and staffing models to account for the volatility of infection rates. COVID-19 has significantly impacted multiple aspects of health system operations, ranging from tremendous financial uncertainty to inadequate resources to meet the needs of patients during persistent waves of outbreaks. Many of the vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic represent longstanding challenges for health systems, so what can we do to ensure we are not only better prepared, but have an operable healthcare delivery system to sustain in this post-pandemic era?
Darcy Jaffe, ARNP: Senior Vice President of Safety and Quality, Washington State Hospital Association
Nariman Heshmati, MD: Senior Regional Medical Director, Optum Washington
Paul Thottingal, MD: Senior Medical Director, Communicable Diseases/Organizational Preparedness, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Sara Rigel: Director of School Based Programs, Seattle & King County Public Health
Child & family behavioral health: An evolving landscape
Child and family behavioral health is among the top priorities for the 2023 legislative session, but will various challenges, like the increasing workforce shortage and the need for more training, impact the evolving landscape? This panel will discuss the changing needs of Washington’s behavioral health delivery for children and families, as well as the policy responses that can support those needs.
Megan Beers: Senior Associate, Health Management Associates
Stacey Lopez: Behavioral Health Executive Director, UnitedHealthcare
Sarah Rafton: Executive Director, Washington Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Kashi Arora: Program Manager, Mental & Behavioral Health, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Advancing technologies in healthcare
With rapidly advancing technology, healthcare policy experts are carefully looking at ways to create a seamless care delivery model. COVID-19 highlighted the need for ubiquitous technology with a new era of telemedicine, e-hospitals, cellular hospitals. Is this the real future of the healthcare industry, or will it complicate an already complicated system?
Aimee Viles: Vice President Digital, Regence BlueShield
Michele Radosevich: Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Crystal Wong, MD: Associate Chief Digital Officer, University of Washington Medicine, Washington State Telehealth Collaborative Chair
Reproductive health policies & protections
In October 2022, Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers announced several policy proposals that would strengthen access and protection for patients seeking abortion or other reproductive health services. These policies aim to further protect Washington’s status as a sanctuary state for abortion seekers in a post-Dobbs country, and ensure that care remains affordable, accessible, and held to a high standard of quality. Join in on this important conversation impacting women’s health in Washington!
Meghan Eagen-Torkko: Director of Nursing, University of Washington Bothell
Sarah Prager, MD: Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Washington
Leah Rutman: Health Care & Liberty Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
Lunch Keynote: A virtual conversation with Sec. Xavier Becerra
We’re honored to have Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, as our Lunch Keynote! Don’t miss this valuable session with Becerra, during which he will update the audience on recent HHS developments and his vision for the country going forward.
Sec. Xavier Becerra: Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services
National health landscape 2023
With 2022 just barely behind us, the national healthcare landscape is preparing for what promises to be a most interesting and challenging 2023. From national-level healthcare cost reform, to the workforce shortage, to more customer segmentation—questions abound. This panel of subject matter experts will join us to share their insights on how the federal policy landscape continues to evolve.
Kathleen Nolan: Regional Vice President, Health Management Associates
Jesse Gamez: Vice President, Medicare Regional President, Humana
Ingrid Ulrey: Region 10 Director, US Department of Health and Human Services
Charissa Fontinos, MD: Medicaid Director, Washington State Healthcare Authority
Perrie Briskin: Senior Advisor, CMS, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
Redesigning the crisis system & early 988 experiences
As the State of Washington continues to work on redesigning the crisis system and implements the first-of-its-kind Native-serving crisis hotline, what lessons have been learned and what questions remain? Is this the answer to unmet mental health needs? What more needs to be done? This conversation will dive into all these questions and more as we explore the crisis system in Washington.
Sen. Manka Dhingra: Member, Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care
Inna Liu: Assistant Vice President of Account Partnership, Beacon Health Options
Michelle McDaniel: Chief Executive Officer, Crisis Connections
Rochelle Williams: Tribal Operations Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington
Solutions for individuals experiencing homelessness
Washington State currently has at least 12,000 unhoused, according to the 2022 Census. Governor Inslee has laid out his legislative strategy to address homelessness, including speeding up the development of housing specifically along transit corridors. Addressing homelessness is a top priority heading into the 2023 legislative session— have current initiatives yielded success? What further policy needs to be implemented to support the unhoused?
Kat Latet: Director, Health Systems Innovation, Community Health Plan of Washington
Derrick Belgarde: Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
Melodie Pazolt: Managing Director, Office of Apple Health and Homes, Washington State Department of Commerce
Multi-sector efforts to retain, support, & grow the workforce
Leading healthcare organizations are partnering to support the national workforce challenges by investing in their most important asset:their people. At the same time, discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare workforce continue. In this panel, you’ll hear from an array of experts about the multi-sector efforts they are undertaking to address these challenges.
Andrew Over: Regional Market Vice President, Regence BlueShield
Katherine Mahoney: Government Affairs Director, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Lynnette Vehrs: President, Washington State Nurses Association
Sam Hatzenbeler: Senior Policy Associate, Economic Oppurtunity Institute
Data-driven solutions to addressing health disparities
To work to advance health equity, we must improve our data, especially our health equity data. In response to this ever-growing issue, the CMS Office of Minority Health released “The Path Forward: Improving Data to Advance Health Equity Solutions” in November 2022, which outlines a plan to reform data collection across CMS programs to achieve better health equity outcomes. Experts will gather to discuss and answer your questions as Washington State implements these plans.
Drew Oliveira: Executive Director, Washington State Health Alliance
Tracy Hillard: Director, Culturally Responsive Engagement, Michigan Public Health Institute
Laura Dwyer-Lindgren: Assistant Professor of Health Metric Sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Courts & their impact on healthcare
A multitude of issues impacting Washingtonians have made their way through both local and federal-level courts. To discuss how the judicial system might impact pertinent health policy issues like health insurance coverage, abortion, and gender-affirming care, we’ve brought together a group of experts to conduct an in-depth discussion of the courts’ role in Washington health policy.
Tony Quang, MD: President, American College of Legal Medicine
Janet Varon: Executive Director, Northwest Health Law Advocates
Jane Beyer: Senior Health Policy Advisory, Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Efforts to ensure transparency & promote affordability
Washingtonians are paying more and more for their healthcare, while rising healthcare prices affect how health plans pay providers. Many patients still don’t receive itemized costs of the services they pay for and receive unanticipated medical bills, despite laws mandating price transparency. This panel of subject matter experts will join us to share their insights on the efforts being made in Washington to ensure transparency and promote affordability as healthcare becomes ever-more complicated.
Gary Strannigan: Vice President of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Premera Blue Cross
Jim Freeburg: Founder & Executive Director, Patient Coalition of Washington
Bill Kramer: Executive Director for Health Policy, Purchasers Business Group on Health
Laura Kate Zaichkin: Senior Policy Advisor, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Maximizing the role of CBOs to address social needs
Community-based organizations are well-positioned to provide effective programs that address the social needs of local communities. However, it can be challenging for CBOs to navigate a complex healthcare system that they haven’t historically been a part of. Learn from our panel of experts about how Washingtonians can best maximize the role of CBOs to address the social needs of each community across the state.
Edie Dibble: Chief Operating Officer at Comprehensive Healthcare, Member of Fourfront Contributor
Joe LeRoy: President & Chief Executive Officer, Hope Sparks
Daniel Hannawalt-Morales: Health Disparities Grant Coordinator/Grant Manager, Washington State Department of Health
Vanessa Gutierrez: Program Officer, Seattle Foundation
Patrick Suther: Careport Program Coordinator, Cascade Pacific Action Alliance
Challenges with expanding affordable housing
Washington cities of every size are grappling with the lack of affordable housing for their residents. Facing the reverberating impacts of limited housing availability, cities cannot solve the problem alone. Increasing affordable housing requires a sustained innovative approach and working partnerships with the private sector, nonprofit organizations, as well as county, state, and federal agencies. Bring your questions and learn from key players in this fight to expand affordable housing in Washington!
Rep. Jessica Bateman: Vice Chair, House Health Care & Wellness Committee
Rep. Nicole Macri: Vice Chair, House Appropriations Committee
Rep. Frank Chopp: Member, House Housing, Human Services & Veterans Committee
Rachael Myers: Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Promoting health equity in policy & the continuum of care
Promoting equity requires attention to the root causes of health issues and a focus on the communities that are most affected. When a commitment can be made to reexamine priorities and the way healthcare is delivered, we can begin to undo inequities. But when a commitment is not made, our work can actually contribute to widening inequities. This panel of subject-matter experts will explore ways Washingtonians can be part of the effort to eliminate inequities in the continuum of care.
Kelli Houston: Chief Equity Officer, Community Health Plan of Washington
Tom Sebastian: Chief Executive Officer of Compass Health, Member of Fourfront Contributor
Sybill Hyppolite: Legislative Director, Washington State Labor Council
Leah Hole-Marshall: General Counsel & Chief Strategist, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Closing Keynote: DEI and healthcare with Valeriana Chikoti-Bandua
Executive Director of Social Justice Fund NW, Valeriana Chikoti-Bandua, will end the event by discussing how health equity is baked into every topic throughout the agenda. Chikoti-Bandua will share how her personal experience informs her mission to make the health system safe for black and brown patients and to abandon anti-blackness language throughout different facets of medicine.
Valeriana Chikoti-Bandua: Executive Director, Social Justice Fund NW
Reception Sponsored by Beacon Health Options
Please join us following the Closing Keynote session for a networking reception sponsored by Beacon Health Options. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be included, giving attendees a wonderful opportunity to follow up on the discussions we’ve had throughout the day.