March 7, 2024

Sheraton Downtown Salt Lake

2024 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference

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Conference Overview

The 2024 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference will foster a dialog about the opportunities and challenges facing healthcare in the state of Utah during a time of increasing change. This conference will bring together industry experts and policymakers from across the state. Join us on March 7th, 2024 to discuss the most important healthcare activities taking place today.

State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policymakers – each working to improve our healthcare system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a single place. It is sure to be one of the most diverse gatherings of senior healthcare leaders in Utah, and one of the most important statewide events in Utah healthcare.

With hundreds of attendees from all corners of healthcare and health policy, this is an event that can’t be missed! Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to get involved!

Topical Agenda

Here is our 2024 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference Topical Agenda! This represents input from our Advisory Panel and stakeholders across the spectrum of Utah 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

Registration/Networking Breakfast – Sponsored by PhRMA

8:30 - 9:15

Opening Keynote

Nate Checketts: Deputy Director, Utah Department of Health & Human Services

9:30 - 10:30

Shifts in Coverage: Lessons Learned from the Public Health Emergency & Medicaid Redeterminations

Efforts to Improve Rural Health Access

Strategies to Improve Workforce Retention

10:45 - 11:45

Health Data Interconnectivity & Transparency

Utah’s Preparedness for Value-Based Care

Cost Containment & Cost Drivers: How to Reduce Costs & Increase Affordability

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

The Consumer Experience: Supporting Patients Navigating Utah’s Healthcare System

Exploring Behavioral Health Integration in Utah

Solutions to Housing Insecurity & Homelessness

2:15 - 3:15

Caring for Older Utahns

“The Vital Signs”: Looking at the Medicaid Program After Expansion & Redeterminations

Insights into the Utah Legislature

3:30 - 4:00

Closing Keynote

We are honored to release our list of Advisory Panel members ahead of our 2024 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference taking place on March 7th, 2024!

If you know Utah health care, 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 March agenda through a process that launches mid-fall of 2023!

Want to be a speaker? Want to join the Advisory Panel? Just have questions? If so, <a href=”mailto:[email protected]”>drop us a line</a> and let us know you’re interested!

First:Last:Title:Organization:
GregBellPresident/CEOUtah Hospital Association
Liz Close, PhDExecutive Director Utah Nurses Association
EricCragunPartner, Population HealthIntermountain Healthcare
RyLee CurtisDirector, Community EngagementUniversity of Utah Health
PatriciaDoxeyAssociate PrincipalLeavitt Partners
Rep. JimDunniganChairHouse Political Subdivisions Committee
CatherineFieldSenior Vice President Humana
StephenFoxleyDirector, Public Affairs and Government Relations Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah
HenryGardnerCorporate RelationsUtah Technology Council
NathanGardnerVice President of Business Development Ariel and Company
PamGoldVP of Sales and Account ManagementUnitedHealth Group
RobertHarrisonPartnerStilling & Harrison
BrandonHendricksonPresidentMolina Healthcare of Utah
KrisannHumphreys BaconDirector of Clinical Operations Department of Health and Human Services
ShellyMartinCOOUSMM
DerekMonsonVice President, PolicyThe Sutherland Institute
RyanMorleyPartner SpringTide Ventures
DavidPerryPrincipal and Founder Perry IQ
JohnPoelmanDirector, InnovationOne Utah Health Collaborative
AlanPruhsExecutive DirectorAssociation for Utah Community Health
GregReidSr. Public and Community Relations ManagerSelect Health
Rich SaundersChief Innovation OfficerOffice of Gov. Spencer Cox
MattSlonakerExecutive DirectorUtah Health Policy Project
JenniferStroheckerMedicaid Director Department of Health and Human Services
LauraSummersSenior Health Care AnalystKem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Reggie WallaceBusiness Development ManagerCarelon Behavioral Health
ChadWestoverHealth Plan CEOUniversity of Utah Health
Jamie WisslerExecutive Director One Utah Health Collaborative
BrianZehnder, MDCEO/Medical DirectorExodus Healthcare Network, PLLC

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7:30 - 8:30

Registration & Networking Breakfast - Sponsored by PhRMA

The Networking Breakfast, sponsored by PhRMA, 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.

8:30 - 9:15

Opening Keynote

We’re opening the conference with a keynote from Nate Checketts, the deputy director of the Utah Department of Health & Human Services. Grab a seat as Checketts updates the audience on the state health agency’s priorities and goals for 2024.

Nate Checketts: Deputy Director, Utah Department of Health & Human Services

9:30 - 10:30

Shifts in Coverage: Lessons Learned from the Public Health Emergency & Medicaid Redeterminations

The health insurance coverage landscape in Utah has seen significant fluctuations over the past few years as the state navigated the pandemic and subsequent Medicaid redeterminations. This panel will discuss the partnerships that developed during the pandemic and how private insurance can support Utahns who were recently disenrolled from Medicaid. 

Matt Slonaker: Executive Director, Utah Health Policy Project

Laura Summers: Director of Industry Research, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Chad Westover: Chief Executive Officer, University of Utah Health Plans

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

9:30 - 10:30

Efforts to Improve Rural Health Access

It’s critical for the Utah health sector to support the state’s rural population. Rural areas have notably lower access to care and a sparse workforce. This panel will discuss the issues facing rural communities including the threat of workplace violence for healthcare workers, challenges of recruitment and retention of providers, and the closure of critical units in hospitals.  Join this panel for a robust conversation about how various silos in state healthcare can work together to aid the state’s rural patients and providers.

Keith Horwood: Physician, Community Health Centers Utah

Stephanie Lyden, MD: Vascular Neurologist, Faculty Director, RUUTE (Rural Underserved Utah Training Experience) & Regional Affairs, University of Utah Health

Matthew McCullough, PhD: Rural Hospital Improvement Director, Utah Hospital Association

Marc Watterson: Director, Primary Care & Rural Health, Utah Department of Health & Human Services

David Lee: Principal, Leavitt Partners (moderator)

9:30 - 10:30

Strategies to Improve Workforce Retention

Growing Utah’s workforce pipeline is one part of the solution to Utah’s workforce shortage, but retaining existing providers is equally as important. Providers are leaving at concerning rates due to burnout, workplace violence, and pay competition. This panel will look at ways Utah leaders can best support the state’s current providers so they feel comfortable in their positions and can continue to do their critical work.

Tiffany Lipscomb: Vice President, Human Resources, Intermountain Health

Andrew Nydegger: President, Utah Nurses Association

Cameron Wright: Project Director, Presidential Initiatives, University of Utah

Patricia Doxey: Associate Principal, Leavitt Partners (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Health Data Interconnectivity & Transparency

Much of the healthcare reform being discussed at today’s event can’t be accomplished without sufficient data sharing capacity. A significant gap exists in Utah’s ability to share comprehensive health data between different entities. This panel will discuss how to streamline communication between health data systems, the role of APIs, and more.

Anna Basevich: Senior Vice President of Enterprise Partnerships & Customer Enablement, Arcadia

Navina Forsythe, PhD, MPA, CIPM: Chief Data Officer & Privacy Officer, Utah Health Information Network

Caitlin Schneider, MPH: Senior Network Director, Promise Partnership Utah

David Lee: Principal, Leavitt Partners (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Utah’s Preparedness for Value-Based Care

Utah has cemented itself as a national leader in value-based care. The One Utah Health Collaborative leads the way in  fostering partnerships to proliferate value-based care in the state. Join this panel to hear about the status of Utah’s work to increase the value and reduce the cost of care, and how stakeholders like you can play a part in this impactful work.

Andrew Croshaw: Chief Executive Officer, Families First Pediatrics

Peter Weir, MD: Chief Population Health Officer, University of Utah Health

Sarah Woolsey, MD: Medical Director, Association for Utah Community Health

John Poelman: Director, One Utah Health Collaborative (moderator)

10:45 - 11:45

Cost Containment & Cost Drivers: How to Reduce Costs & Increase Affordability

Rising healthcare costs are exacerbating affordability challenges for patients. Utah health leadership is working to curb this growth by identifying and mitigating cost drivers. This panel will talk through the most promising strategies for containing costs to ensure Utah healthcare services are affordable for patients.

Sri Bose, PhD, MA: Director of Research, One Utah Health Collaborative

Eric Hales: Vice President, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah

Katelin Lucariello: Deputy Vice President, State Advocacy, PhRMA

Rep. Norm Thurston: State Representative, Utah House of Representatives

Spencer Morrison: Associate Principal, Leavitt Partners (moderator)

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:00

The Consumer Experience: Supporting Patients Navigating Utah’s Healthcare System

It’s important to support patients in their navigation of the complex healthcare system. Listening to the experiences of patients themselves and applying their input to policy reform is an important way to ensure they can receive the services they need. Join this panel for a conversation about enhancing the consumer experience with Utah’s healthcare system.

Ari Bruening: Chief Executive Officer, Envision Utah

Stephanie Burdick: Committee Member, Utah Department of Health & Human Services Medical Care Advisory Board

Maury Giles: Chief Growth Officer, Heart+Mind Strategies

Daryl Herrschaft: Take Care Utah Director, Utah Health Policy Project

1:00 - 2:00

Exploring Behavioral Health Integration in Utah

The Utah health sector has long worked to ensure behavioral health services are incorporated into primary care and given equal consideration to physical health. This panel of experts will provide an update on integration efforts in Utah and discuss the path forward.

Adam Cohen, MBA: President & Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey House

Brent Kelsey: Director, Substance Use & Mental Health, Utah Department of Health & Human Services

Rob Wesemen, CMHC: Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah

Lori Wright: Chief Executive Officer, Family Healthcare

Rebecca Nielsen: Managing Director, Leavitt Partners (moderator)

1:00 - 2:00

Solutions to Housing Insecurity & Homelessness

The rate of homelessness in Utah has significantly increased over the past few years. The health sector has prioritized the establishment of affordable housing, but work remains to be done to support the state’s housing-insecure population. This panel will provide an overview of recent state efforts and talk through potential paths forward.

Janida Emerson: Chief Executive Officer, Fourth Street Clinic

Michelle Flynn: Executive Director, The Road Home

Tyler Riedesel: Housing Insecure Population Epidemiologist, Utah Department of Health & Human Services 

Wendy Gunnerson: Senior Consultant, Leavitt Partners (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

Caring for Older Utahns

Ensuring that Utah’s older residents have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare remains a top priority for the state’s health sector. Hear from experts as they evaluate the impact of recent state activity to improve care for older Utahns and explore the best courses of action for future policymaking.

Anne Asman, MS: Program Manager, Huntsman Mental Health Institute Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

Nels Holmgren: Division Director, Aging & Adult Services, Utah Department of Health & Human Services

Paul Leggett: Division Director, Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services

Alan Ormsby: State Director, American Association of Retired Persons Utah

Scott Pingree, MPA, MBA: Managing Principal, Health Management Associates (moderator)

2:15 - 3:15

“The Vital Signs”: Looking at the Medicaid Program After Expansion & Redeterminations

Panel to be announced soon!

2:15 - 3:15

Insights into the Utah Legislature

Utah‘s 2024 legislative session ended last week. This panel will identify the noteworthy health-related legislation that was heard by the Legislature this year. They will also discuss the impact passed legislation will have on the state’s healthcare system. Speakers will also discuss the legislative initiatives that stakeholders might continue to see pursued in the interim.

Carrie Butler: Executive Director, Utah Public Health Association

Rachel Craig: Government Affairs Manager, Association for Utah Community Health

Frank R. Pignanelli: Senior Managing Partner, Foxley & Pignanelli

Daniel Sloan: Health Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project

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

3:30 - 4:00

Closing Keynote

Closing Keynote to be announced soon!

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