Alaska 2014 Detailed Agenda

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Alaska 2014 Detailed Agenda

We have some amazing panels of speakers and industry leaders delivering on a broad array of topics this year. Be sure to register before we cap registration.
7:30 - 8:30


8:20 - 8:30

Welcome & Introductions

Join us as we welcome the first keynote as well as familiarize ourselves with the agenda.

DJ Wilson, Host of State of Reform

8:30 - 9:20

Keynote: Adverse Childhood Experiences And Their Impact on Health

Robert Anda, MD is the co-founder of the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. His data-driven presentation will connect the dots between what occurs in our early years and the physical and mental health states which afflict us in our adult years.

Robert Anda, MD, Co-Founder, CDC Study on ACEs

9:30 - 10:15

The Future of Federal Health Policy

What does 2015 hold for health policy at the federal level? With Congress divided and a White House heading into the last two years of its term, where are we likely to see areas of movement? If control of the Senate changes, what will that mean?

Prue Fitzpatrick, Legislative Assistant, Health Policy, Office of U.S. Sen. Begich

Joel Gilbertson, Senior VP, Community Partnerships and External Affairs, Providence
Health & Services

Len Sorrin, VP, Congressional & Legislative Affairs, Premera Blue Cross

9:30 - 10:15

Driving Transparency Around Price & Value

Little correlation exists between cost and quality in healthcare. While healthcare consumers are being asked to shoulder an increasing amount of the cost of healthcare services, the lack of price and quality transparency means that healthcare decisions are too-often “blind.” Participate in a discussion about the role increased transparency can have in empowering consumers and improving outcomes for patients.

Eric Earling, VP Corporate Communications, Premera Blue Cross

Deb Erickson, Executive Director, Alaska Health Care Commission

9:30 - 10:15

Tele-Medicine & Care Coordination

Tele-medicine is one of the key opportunities for addressing concerns with cost and access to health care services. Hear how one of Alaska’s leading users of tele-medicine and a leading provider of tele-medicine technology see the opportunity ahead. Understand how success in Alaska may be limited by new legislation and how regulatory and political hurdles need to be cleared for widespread adoption.

Rosalie Nadeau, CEO, Akeela

Tony Miles, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Lisa Roberts, PhD, Senior VP, Government, AMC Health

Stewart Ferguson, PhD, CIO, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

9:30 - 10:15

Transforming Public Employee Benefits

With per capita employee health care costs that are highest in the nation and over 25% of health care spending in Alaska paid by the state, health care costs put a significant burden on Alaska’s state budget. If unchecked, the burden could threaten future state programs. Learn how policy makers, private insurers, and employers see the challenges moving forward and collaborate to make health care in Alaska sustainable.

Norm Seabrooks, President, Northwest Market, AETNA

Curtis Thayer, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Administration

Erika Van Flein, Director of Benefits, University of Alaska

10:30 - 11:15

DHSS Commissioner Streur Looks to FY 2016

Commissioner William Streur will be on hand to outline the agency’s progress in FY 2015 and its plan for FY 2016. He will spend the session discussing health policy conversations, budget pressures, and administration initiatives underway at DHSS. Bring your questions and be ready to offer feedback.

William Streur, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Human and Social Services

10:30 - 11:15

Managing Costs by Driving Towards Health

The U.S. has the highest per capita health care spending of any country in the world. A significant portion of that cost is driven by patients with preventable or manageable diseases. Participate in the conversation on whether a focus on prevention can lower health care spending. Learn how employers and their partners expect to manage costs while ensuring patients enjoy a better quality of life.

Tammy Green, Director of Well-Being and Absence Management, Providence Health & Services

Rebecca Norlander, CEO & Co-Founder, Health123

Lynn Rust Henderson, VP, Sales and Business Development, Premera

10:30 - 11:15

Medicaid Reform in 2014

One of the top issues in health care today remains the reform and potential expansion of Medicaid in Alaska. With the Governor’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Group meeting regularly, the topic is squarely in the public debate. Hear from these observers about what the future of Medicaid reform might look like in Alaska.

Verné Boerner, CEO, Alaska Native Health Board

Jeff Jessee, CEO, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Stephen Rose, Owner - Seattle, Garvey Schubert Barer

10:30 - 11:15

The Evolution of Public Health in Alaska

Alaska has a significant history of public health initiatives and activism. However, as the health care system has changed recently, so too has the state of public health. Come hear how public health policy leaders, providers, and physicians are collaborating to improve health for Alaskans.

Lisa Aquino, President-Elect, Alaska Public Health Association

Patricia Carr, Section Chief, Health Planning and Systems Development, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Thad Woodard, MD, Pediatrician, Alaska Center for Pediatrics

11:30 - 12:15

Policy Leadership: Republicans

Hear from some of the state’s leading Republican policy makers as they talk about elections in 2014, the coming 2015 legislative session, and the party’s vision for health policy in the years to come. Bring your questions!

Hon. John Coghill, Member, Alaska Senate Majority Leader

Hon. Pete Higgins, Chair, Alaska House Health & Social Services Committee

Hon. Paul Seaton, Member, Alaska House Health & Social Services Committee

11:30 - 12:15

Delivering Patient Centered Care

While the term has become somewhat ubiquitous, and many provider organizations already claim to be patient centered, come hear our expert panel discuss the tools, processes and change management required to deliver on the promise. Bring your questions and experiences as a patient or advocate.

Ryan Schmid, President & CEO, Vera Whole Health

Steve Tierney, Medical Director, CMIO, Quality Improvement, Southcentral Foundation

Heidi Baines, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Quality, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

11:30 - 12:15

Employer Strategies for Managing Costs

Employers of all sizes are becoming more engaged in their decision-making regarding their employees health. Some of this is driven by requirements in the ACA. Some of this, however, is the result of costs becoming so high that employers can no longer ignore it. Hear what some of the more innovative employers are doing on cost.

Karl Rebay, Director, Moss Adams

Tiffany Stock, Employee Benefits Consultant, Northrim Benefits Group

Jason Gootee, Regional Manager, Moda Health

11:30 - 12:15

Financing Insurance Access for Low-Income Families

There are practical obstacles to getting the uninsured access to coverage and care. From needing a bank account for the exchange to developing health system literacy, getting people coverage can be a difficult proposition for those who have never had coverage before. This panel will discuss “lessons learned” on the topic from those handling the financing of care.

Craig Nolte, Regional Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Natasha Pope, Community Reinvestment Act Officer, First National Bank

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch Keynote: Creating the Future of Healthcare for Alaskans

These leaders from health policy, delivery, and finance will take the stage together to discuss where there are opportunities to move Alaska’s health care system forward in meaningful ways. This panel will offer a unique opportunity for a cross-silo dialog among public and private sector leaders in Alaska’s health care system.

Julie Taylor, MBA, MNA, CEO, Alaska Regional Hospital

Robin Richardson, SVP, Moda Health

Susan Johnson, Region X Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

1:45 - 2:30

Policy Leadership: Democrats

This panel of Democratic policy leaders will walk through their vision and options for the future of health policy. Within the context of a difficult fiscal climate at both the state and federal levels, what can stakeholders expect regarding health policy? Come ready to engage in the dialog.

Hon. Les Gara, Member, Alaska House Finance Subcommittee on Health &
Human Services Committee

Hon. Geran Tarr, Member, Alaska House Health & Social Services Committee

1:45 - 2:30

The Evolving Role of Primary Care

Both consumers and payers are demanding health care providers become more patient centric and responsive. This, in turn, is placing significant pressure on how primary care organizes itself, what it can expect from its specialty partners, and how it thinks of patient care. Come engage this panel of thought leaders and share your views on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Eric Miknich, MD, Family Practice, Primary Care Associates

Noah Laufer, MD, Family Practice, Medical Park Family Care

Leigh Ann Woodard, Administrator, Alaska Center for Pediatrics

1:45 - 2:30

Connecting Mental Health and Chemical Dependency

One step in the broader vision of integration is folding in chemical dependency services with mental health. The two sectors have implications for one another, with both benefits and possible pitfalls awaiting beneficiaries. Learn about how the conversation is playing out in both policy and provider circles.

Jerry Jenkins, Executive Director & CEO, Anchorage Community Mental Health Services

Andy Mayo, PhD, CEO, North Star Behavioral Health

Elizabeth Ripley, Executive Director, Mat-Su Health Foundation

1:45 - 2:30

Employer Case Studies on Navigating Change

This interesting panel will explore the opportunities and challenges for engaged employers looking to actively manage rising health care costs.

Josh Weinstein, President, Northrim Benefits Group

Ann Flister, Human Resources Administrator, PND Engineers

Susanne Izzo, Office Manager, Spawn Ideas, Inc.

2:45 - 3:30

The Road Ahead For Hospital Care in Alaska

Hospitals remain a broad and central player in the delivery of health care in Alaska today. Yet, with cost pressures building, and payers like the State of Alaska increasingly interested in measuring value, hospitals appear to be entering a new period of accountability. Panelists will outline their thoughts and strategic plans for hospital care in the years ahead.

Becky Hultberg, President & CEO, ASHNHA

Dick Mandsager, CEO, Providence Alaska Medical Center

Julie Taylor, MBA, MNA, CEO, Alaska Regional Hospital

2:45 - 3:30

“Frequent Fliers,” “Hotspotting,” and Patient Care

According to reports, 5% of patients account for 50% of health care costs. These high utilizing patients present both a challenge and an opportunity for the health care system. This panel will discuss how policy makers and providers are employing strategies to manage care for these patients.

Margaret Brodie, Director, Division of Health Care Services, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

David Cadogan, MD, CMO, Alaska Regional Hospital

Doug Eby, MD, VP of Medical Services, Southcentral Foundation

2:45 - 3:30

Models of Provider Partnership in Alaska

Alaska’s health care providers are beginning to have discussions about how best to organize themselves in new and innovative ways. This response to market forces is fostering new areas of dialog and collaboration which were not possible just a few years ago. Come learn about the shifts occurring in Alaska’s provider community.

Bill Hogan, Dean, College of Health, University of Alaska

Robin Richardson, SVP, Moda Health

Jeremy Gitomer, MD, CEO, Alaska Innovative Medicine, Inc.

2:45 - 3:30

Exploring ACEs in Alaska

Dr. Anda will host a discussion on the application in Alaska of the lessons from his study on adverse childhood experiences. The discussion will be moderated by Erin Thurston from State of Reform, and include extensive time for questions from the audience. It will be prefaced with the latest data on ACEs in Alaska.

Robert Anda, MD, Co-Founder, CDC Study on ACEs

Melissa Kemberling, PhD, Director, Program Planning and Evaluation, Mat-Su Health Foundation

Patrick Sidmore, MSW, Planner, Alaska Mental Health Board

Erin Thurston, Senior Associate, State of Reform

3:45 - 4:30

Closing Keynote: U.S. Senator Mark Begich

U.S. Senator Mark Begich has been a voice for Alaskans in Washington DC for six years. During his term, he has provided leadership on policies to mitigate health care costs, like the creation of “copper” plans, and initiatives which protect women’s health care choices.

Sen. Mark Begich, U.S. Senator for Alaska