May 29, 2024

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

2024 Illinois State of Reform Health Policy Conference

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Conference Overview

The 2024 Illinois State of Reform Health Policy Conference will once again be taking place in-person at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park on May 29th, 2024!

State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers – each working to improve our health care system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a single place. If you are interested in understanding what occurs at the nexus of healthcare policy and politics, then this is the conference for you.

Join us at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park on May 29th to discuss the most important health care activities taking place in Illinois. If you have questions or speaker suggestions, please feel free to drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!

Topical Agenda

Here is our 2024 Illinois State of Reform Health Policy Conference Topical Agenda! This represents input from our Advisory Panel and stakeholders across the spectrum of Illinois healthcare over the last number of weeks.

If you have suggestions for speakers, please feel free to drop us a line. We would love to hear your thoughts on this! If you have not already registered, you can do so here.

Please note that all agenda times are local.

7:30 - 8:30

Networking Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15

Opening Keynote

Lizzy Whitehorn: Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services

9:30 - 10:30

Operationalizing Health Equity: Experiences on the Ground

Fortifying Illinois’ Public Health Infrastructure

Balancing Access & Affordability: Navigating Prior Authorization for Payors, Providers, & Patients

10:45 - 11:45

Improving Children’s Health & Welfare

Weaker Security, More Valuable Information: Why Healthcare is a Hacker Target & What We Can Do About It

Insights into the Illinois Legislature

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

Policy & Boots on the Ground: Effectively Addressing Health-Related Social Needs

Cloning & Hope Are Not Viable Strategies: Growing & Retaining the Healthcare Workforce

Challenges & Trends in Health Insurance Affordability

2:15 - 3:15

Strengthening the Healthcare Safety Net

Transforming Health Information Technology to Coordinate and Integrate Care

Efforts to Improve Behavioral Health Access

3:30 - 4:00

Closing Keynote

Ryan Croke: First Assistant Deputy Governor, State of Illinois

4:00

Reception

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7:30 - 8:30

Networking Breakfast

The Networking Breakfast will take place before the start of the conference to allow attendees to grab light refreshments and connect with their fellow colleagues before we kick things off for the day.

8:30 - 9:15

Opening Keynote

To set the tone for the day, we’re welcoming Lizzy Whitehorn, Director of the Illinois Department of Health & Family Services, as our Opening Keynote speaker. Grab a seat to hear Whitehorn discuss her department’s recent work to improve health policy and her long-term goals for Illinois’ healthcare system.

Lizzy Whitehorn: Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services

9:30 - 10:30

Operationalizing Health Equity: Experiences on the Ground

Bridging equity gaps in healthcare has long been a priority for Illinois health leaders. How has the state’s work to improve health equity played out in the community? Where has this work yielded success, and where has it shown opportunities to improve the state’s health equity strategy? This panel will examine the operationalization of health equity initiatives and how we can apply the lessons learned moving forward.

Rushil Desai: Chief Executive Officer, Aetna Better Health of Illinois

Misty Drake: Vice President, Client Services & Growth, Medical Home Network & Executive Director, Wellness West

Kimberly Hobson: Chief Executive Officer, South Side Healthy Communities

Jered Pruitt: Chief Operating Officer, Chinese American Service League

Debra Carey: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

9:30 - 10:30

Fortifying Illinois’ Public Health Infrastructure

Particularly in the years following the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local government leaders in Illinois have made strengthening public health infrastructure a key goal. Join this panel to hear various public health leaders discuss the recent work they’ve done to ensure a robust public health system and learn about the reforms they intend to pursue in the future.

LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MBA, MPH: Chief Operating Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health

Olusimbo Ige, MD, MS, MPH: Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

Crystal Tyler, PhD, MPH: Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Public Health Institute

Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA: Director, Illinois Department of Public Health

Teresa Garate, PhD: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

9:30 - 10:30

Balancing Access & Affordability: Navigating Prior Authorization for Payors, Providers, & Patients

Some state leaders are supporting reforms to prior authorization rules to streamline care delivery for patients, but others are concerned about the impact these will have on insurance affordability. The Pritzker administration supported legislation this year that would prohibit step-therapy and eliminate prior authorization for in-patient mental health treatment. Join this panel for a conversation about proposed changes to the prior authorization process.

Laura Minzer: President, Illinois Life & Health Insurance Council

Jordan Powell: Senior Vice President of Health Policy & Finance, Illinois Health & Hospital Association

Mayank Shah, MD: Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Aurora – Condell

Patrick Burke: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Improving Children’s Health & Welfare

Ensuring children receive adequate healthcare is a critical priority for the state’s health sector. This includes physical health, behavioral health, and welfare support. Come hear these experts discuss how leaders can collaborate to improve the support system for children in the state.

Esther Farkas: Chief Operating Officer, Unite Us

Cristal Gary: Plan President & Chief Executive Officer, Meridian

Heidi Mueller: Director, Illinois Department of Child & Family Services

Jay Taylor: Chief Growth Officer, Brave Health

Sen. Dan Kotowski: Chief Executive Officer, Kids Above All (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Weaker Security, More Valuable Information: Why Healthcare is a Hacker Target & What We Can Do About It

Protecting patient health data has emerged as a primary concern for the Illinois health sector. With recent hospital information breaches showing the importance of safeguarding patient data, state healthcare leaders are exploring ways to strengthen the protection of confidential health data. These experts will discuss recent threats to healthcare data and how the state can respond to ensure patient’s privacy is protected.

Michael Cabonargi: Region V Director, US Department of Health & Human Services

Chris Lugo: Vice President, CISO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Angela O’Banion: Chief Information Officer, Cook County Health

Evan Terry: Chief Information Officer, Health Management Associates (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Insights into the Illinois Legislature

During this panel, hear from leading state lawmakers and legislative insiders about the work being done to improve health policy in the Illinois Legislature. These panelists will discuss the key bills that were considered this year, the significant health policymaking discussions that took place, and the legislature’s long-term goals for health policy reform.

Sen. Omar Aquino: Co-Chair, Illinois Latino Caucus, Illinois State Senate

Rep. Lindsey LaPointe: Chair, Mental Health & Addiction Committee, Illinois House of Representatives

Stephanie Altman: Director of Healthcare Justice, Senior Director of Policy, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Gerald (Jud) E. DeLoss, JD: Chief Executive Officer & Chief Legal Officer, Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

Julie Hamos: Senior Advisor on Medicaid Coordination, Office of Medicaid Innovation; Past Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services (moderator)

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

Policy & Boots on the Ground: Effectively Addressing Health-Related Social Needs

Illinois has established itself as a leader in addressing health-related social needs (HRSNs) like housing, race, and immigration status through its healthcare services. In this discussion, leaders will discuss some of the work being done on the ground to effectively ensure HRSNs don’t limit any individual’s access to quality, timely healthcare.

Dana Kelly: Chief of Staff, Illinois Department of Health & Family Services

Beth Kenefick: Senior Policy Advisor, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Lynda Schueler: Chief Executive Officer, Housing Forward

Sendy Soto: Chief Homelessness Officer, City of Chicago

Debra Carey: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

1:00 - 2:00

Cloning & Hope Are Not Viable Strategies: Growing & Retaining the Healthcare Workforce

Leaders in Illinois are continuously developing new strategies for growing and retaining healthcare workers. Hear from some of the state’s top experts on healthcare workforce development about some of the most promising new initiatives for strengthening the pipeline for new healthcare workers and retaining the current healthcare workforce.

Rep. Bob Morgan: State Representative, 58th District, Illinois House of Representatives

Rukiya Curvey Johnson: Vice President, Community Health Equity & Engagement, RUSH

Ginger Ostro: Executive Director, Illinois Board of Education

Mario Treto, Jr: Secretary, Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Teresa Garate, PhD: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

 

1:00 - 2:00

Challenges & Trends in Health Insurance Affordability

Healthcare costs continue to grow in Illinois and across the country, presenting challenges for many Illinoisans. As the massive Medicaid redetermination efforts come to a close, it’s a natural time to take a step back and look at the insurance coverage payor mix with an eye towards the future. Join these experts as they discuss recent trends for overcoming affordability challenges for health insurance.

Stephani Becker: Associate Director of Healthcare Justice, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Aaron Galeener: Chief Administrative Officer, CountyCare

Ann Gillespie: Director, Illinois Department of Insurance

Matt Powers: Managing Director, Health Management Associates (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

Strengthening the Healthcare Safety Net

Millions of Illinoisans rely on Medicaid and other healthcare safety net programs. With these public services being more critical than ever, how have leaders worked to enhance the state’s safety net over the past few years? What work remains to be done? This group of experts will talk through recent work and examine what the future holds for the healthcare safety net.

Kelly Cunningham: Medicaid Administrator, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services

Jonathan Wildt: Chief Operating Officer, Lawndale Christian Health Center

Matt Wolf, MBA: Plan President, Molina

Jay Shannon: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

Transforming Health Information Technology to Coordinate and Integrate Care

Illinois’ health sector has been implementing innovative technology for sharing timely and essential data across healthcare and social services providers to enhance care for patients. In this unique panel of solutions vendors, panelists will discuss their work using health information technology to enable closed loop referrals, improve care coordination, and support a broad range of transformative program initiatives.

Ron Austin: Senior Advisor, AIDA Healthcare

Prerana Laddha: Director of Social Care & Behavioral Health, Epic

Jaffer Traish: Chief Operating Officer, findhelp

Laura Zaremba: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

Efforts to Improve Behavioral Health Access

Illinois has made significant investments in improving behavioral health access for residents. This panel will discuss how this funding can be best used, the role of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, and other ways to improve behavioral health access for Illinoisans.

Jacob Bradshaw: Account Executive, Illinois Mental Health Collaborative, Carelon Behavioral Health

Susan Doig, LCSW, LPHA, CADC: President & Chief Executive Officer, Trilogy, Inc.

Shea Haury: Executive Director, ComWell

Gerald Lott: Executive Director, Sauk Valley Voices of Recovery

Karen Batia, PhD: Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

3:30 - 4:00

Closing Keynote

We’re closing out the day with a Closing Keynote featuring Ryan Croke, First Assistant Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Croke’s perspective on the range of topics discussed throughout the day and about Gov. Pritzker’s office’s work on health policy.

Ryan Croke: First Assistant Deputy Governor, State of Illinois

4:00

Reception

Please join us following the Closing Keynote for a Networking Reception. 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.

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