INW – Detailed Agenda – 2015


2015 Inland Northwest
State of Reform Health Policy Conference

September 15, 2015
Spokane Convention Center

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Our 2015 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 60 speakers and experts from across the spectrum of care. The heading colors correspond to track colors on our Topical Agenda to help you organize your day.

8:30 am Welcome and Introductions

Opening remarks to set the stage for the day and put the conference in the broader context of State of Reform activities focused on bridging the gap between health care and health policy.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

8:45 am Morning Keynote: A Conversation with Lisa Brown, Chancellor WSU Spokane

Join the conversation with Lisa Brown,PhD on policy, politics and the future of medical education in Eastern Washington.

Hon. Marcus Riccelli: Representative, Washington State House (moderator)
Lisa Brown, PhD:
Chancellor, WSU Spokane

9:30 am Engaging Employees in Their Health

Come learn from employers and those entities that support employer strategies on health engagement. They will share their stories on what’s working and the lessons they’ve learned in activating their employees to better manage their own health. 

Emily Fleury: Director, Community Wellness, INHS
Jonathan Hensley: President & Chief Strategy Officer, Capital Benefit Services
Kathy Worden: Chief Executive Officer, Workwell Consultants

9:30 am An Update on Legal Questions on Reform

After the Supreme Court upheld the tax subsidies in the King v. Burwell decision many people breathed a sigh of relief.  These legal experts will share what’s next in health care reform and how to plan it in the next few years.

Stephen Rose: Partner, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, P.C.
Hollie Westly: Principal, Witherspoon Kelley
Vickie Williams: Associate Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law

9:30 am The Disruptive Nature of Wearables

Wearables aren’t just toys any longer. In this fast-paced and connected health care world, wearables can be game changers in improving an individual’s health. These innovators will share how wearables are being used by payors, providers and individuals.

Russell Benaroya: Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EveryMove, Inc.
Sailesh Chutani: CEO, Mobisante
Jose Torres: Chief Executive Officer, REFLX Labs

9:30 am Keeping Workforce Here in Eastern Washington

These panelists understand the value of keeping an active workforce in Eastern Washington and why that is so critical to the infrastructure. Come learn what they are doing to educate, stabilize and maintain the workforce and how that adds value to their employees.

Tom Messick: Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Washington, Premera Blue Cross
Ken Roberts, PhD: Acting Dean, Washington State University College of Medical Sciences
Judy Benson, MD: Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, University of Washington School of Medicine

10:30 am The Evolution of ACHs

One of the most important changes to the health care system in Washington state is the empowerment of community voices through Accountable Communities of Health, or ACHs. Learn about their coming role, their investment of funds, and their impact.

Doug Bowes: Chief Executive Officer, United HealthCare Community and State Plan
Winfried Danke: Executive Director, CHOICE Regional Health Network
Laura Zaichkin: Administrator, Office of Health Innovation and Reform, Washington State Heath Care Authority

10:30 am Impact of 2016 Election on Health Policy

Health policy has been one of the most polarizing political issues of the last five years. With presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and legislative elections next year, what can we expect for health policy discussions?

Roger Stark, MD: Health Care Policy Analyst, Washington Policy Center
Hon. Andy Billig: Senator, Washington State Senate
Hon. Joe Schmick: Representative, Washington State House of Representatives

10:30 am Innovation in Patient Engagement

What is the secret to activated and engaged patients? Is it through the use of new technology, improved communication tools or something else? Hear from these panelists on what they are doing and how your organization can implement their strategies too.

Lura Hawkins: Director, Member Services, CAPG
Amina Suchoski: Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, United HealthCare Community Plan
Chris Blanton: President, BridgeSpan Health

10:30 am Meeting People Where They Are: Cultural Competency and Transitions in Care

In an increasingly diverse world, understanding the cultural context of patients as they engage the health care system is critical to delivering proper care. These leaders will highlight their lessons learned and observations from careers working across cultures.

Pete Subkoviak: Senior Healthcare Campaign Coordinator, SEIU 775 NW
Jesus Hernandez: Chief Executive Officer, Community Choice Healthcare Network
Katherine Newton PhD: Director of Research & External Affairs, Group Health Research Institute

11:30 am New Collaboration and Care Financing Models

The contracts between payer and provider are continuing to evolve.  Learn from this panel about some of the   latest innovations in the relationships between care provider and care payer.

Beth Johnson: Vice President, Healthcare Delivery Systems, Premera Blue Cross
Andrew Nelson: Vice President, Provider Network Management, Molina Health Care

11:30 am Legislative Leadership: Democrats

These Democratic leaders will share their vision for the 2016 session. Join them for an always lively discussion and come learn about what’s ahead.

Jae Kennedy: Chair and Professor, Health Policy & Administration Washington State University Spokane (Moderator)
Hon. David Frockt: Senator, Washington State Senate
Hon. Marcus Riccelli: Representative, Washington State House of Representatives
Hon. Jim Moeller: Representative, Washington State House of Representatives

11:30 am Cyber Security and Patient Privacy

Recent headlines keep security at the forefront of conversations in the broader health care community. This panel of experts will engage in a dialog on how to best manage cyber security and patient privacy in an increasingly complex health care delivery system.

Ted Kobus: Partner, BakerHostetler
Randy Romes: Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen
Seth Shapiro: Executive Vice President and Risk Strategist, Kibble & Prentice

11:30 pm Medicare Payment Innovations

CMS is driving innovation by making significant changes to provider reimbursement. They seem to be driving towards outcomes and a value based payment system. Come hear how these organizations plan to respond and prepare for these opportunities.

Karen Lewis-Smith: Executive Director, Government Programs, Group Health
Will Callicoat:
CFO, Summit Pacific Medical Center

12:30 pm Lunch Keynote: A Report on Medicaid Integration

Two of the most important figures in Washington State Medicaid will join us for a discussion on the future of  Medicaid here, and how that line of business will create impacts in other areas of health care.

Kristen West: Vice President, Grant Programs, Empire Health Foundation (Moderator)
Nathan Johnson: Chief Policy Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority
MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH: Medicaid Director, Washington State Health Care Authority

1:30 pm SW Washington and the Vision for Early Integration for Medicaid

Come learn how SW Washington is preparing for integration.  These speakers are at the forefront of change and leading the way in Washington.  How are they doing it?  What’s working? They will share their unique  experience.

Julie Lindberg: Vice President of Healthcare Services, Molina Healthcare
Erica Hunt: Chief Clinical Officer, Columbia River Mental Health Services
Connie Mom-Chhing: Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Columbia United Providers

1:30 pm Legislative Leadership: Republicans

Hear from some of the leading Republican policy makers in the Legislature as they talk about the coming 2016 session. Bring your questions and engage in the discussion!

Hon. Paul Harris: Representative, Washington State House of Representatives
Hon. Shelly Short: Representative, Washington State House of Representatives
Hon. Sharon Brown: 
Senator, Washington State Senate (Invited)

1:30 pm Managing Pharmaceuticals: Costs & Benefits

How do we manage the new pharmaceutical drugs coming on the market; most recently the cholesterol injectable, Praulent? These experts will share their strategies in managing these increasing costs weighing it against the benefit of improved health. There isn’t a magic bullet, but there will be honest conversation.

Shea Wilson: Director of Pharmacy Services. Molina Healthcare
April Alexander: Senior Director, State Affairs, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Kendra Martello: Deputy Vice President, Strategic Operations, PhRMA

1:30 pm Public Safety, Housing, & Mental Health

How do these three issues impact the well being and health of a community? These panelists know how to connect the dots between the physical health world and theirs to ensure improved coordination and positively impact patients’ lives. Bring your questions for them!

Harry Rosencrantz: Program Administrator, Homeless Outreach Team & Adult Recovery Team, Frontier Behavioral Health
Fred Peck: Executive Director, Spokane Housing Ventures
Torney Smith: Administrator, Spokane Regional Health District

2:30 pm Integration of Hospitals & Primary Care

There is continued partnership between primary care organizations and hospitals, from employment models to new organizational affiliations. Learn about how primary care is changing as a result, and the new lessons of interdependency of these once relatively separate silos.

Kirk Rowbotham, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Providence Medical Group
Jennifer McCausland: Director of Legislative Affairs, Washington State Nurses Association
Tom Wilbur: Chief Executive Officer, Newport Hospital and Health Services

2:30 pm Mental Health System Reform: A DSHS Perspective

What is the vision for DSHS in the next few years?  What’s next?  Join Sec. Quigley and learn more about mental health services for kids, state funded hospitals and forensic mental health issues. 

Kevin Quigley: Secretary, DSHS

2:30 pm The Exchange in 2016: Quality & Sustainability

How do these panelists believe the Exchange should prioritize growth and operations within a well watched budget? Is the Exchange a mature organization with a clear understanding of its purpose or is there still need more definition? Something has to give; what will it be? Join this lively debate.

Phil Dyer: Exchange Board Member, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Melinda Hews: Executive Director, Health Insurance Exchanges, Group Health Cooperative
Sydney Smith Zvara: Executive Director, The Association of Washington Healthcare Plans

3:30 pm Afternoon Keynote: Olympia Insiders Look to 2016

This panel of Olympia insiders will share their thoughts on the 2016 session; the challenges of the 2015 session, and where health policy is headed in WA in the next year.   Be prepared to engage in a frank conversation and discussion.

Erica Hallock: Director of Government Relations and Communications, Empire Health Foundation (Moderator)
Jonathan Seib: Principal, Seib Policy and Public Affairs
Bob Crittenden, MD: Special Assistant for Health Reform, Office of Governor Inslee
Jeff Gombosky: Lobbyist, Gombosky Public Affairs