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Hot Issues in Health: 2017 Agenda

Thursday, December 7

Columbine Restaurant

7:30 a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast

Alpine Ballroom

8:30 a.m. Welcome

  • Ruth Benton, Board Chair, CHI

8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks: Living on the Divide

  • Michele Lueck, President, CHI
    The health policy world is divided in many ways — by politics, by unequal access to coverage and care, by technology. Colorado policymakers must mind these gaps and ultimately mend them in order to move the state forward.

9 a.m. Perspectives on Medicaid, Managed Care and Transformation

    Medicaid has become an increasingly large part of the state budget. Most other states have turned to managed care to try to control their Medicaid costs, with varying degrees of success. Should Colorado go further down this road? Alan Weil will set the stage with a history of managed care, here and across the country, and our panelists will debate the idea.
  • Introduction by Whitney Gustin Connor, Senior Program Officer – Health, Rose Community Foundation
  • Alan Weil, Editor-In-Chief, Health Affairs

Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Medicaid

  • John Bartholomew, Chief Financial Officer, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Merrill Friedman, Senior Director, Disability Policy Engagement, Anthem/Amerigroup
  • Joan Henneberry, Vice President, Health Management Associates

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions: Common Ground (choose one)

    Alpine 1
  • The Competition Conundrum: The Role of Competition in Improving the Affordability of Insurance
    Edmond Toy, CHI
    The debut of the CHI Competition Index allows a look at the markets for insurance and hospitals in each county in Colorado, helping to address the continuing problem of high insurance rates in many of the state’s rural counties. Learn where counties stand and what market competition can and can’t do to bring down high prices.
  • Alpine 2-3
  • Three Small Plays about Big Changes in the Doctor’s Office: Understanding Behavioral Health Integration
    Jeff Bontrager, CHI Ashlie Brown, CHI, Barbara Martin, Colorado State Innovation Model
    The integration of primary care and behavioral health care holds promise for improving access to care and quality. But what does integration really look like? CHI’s master thespians will leave you with a real-world understanding of this important innovation and how it can improve interactions in the doctor’s office.
  • Alpine 4
  • Local Data for Difficult Debates: How Graying and Guns Differ from Gunnison to Greeley
    Sara Schmitt, CHI, and Sarah Johnson, Mesa County Public Health / Regional Health Connectors
    Solving complex public health issues requires local information. This session looks at two case studies — Colorado’s age wave and firearm deaths — to show how local numbers are essential to finding informed solutions.

11:45 a.m. Buffet Lunch and Networking

1 p.m. Breakout Sessions: Shifting Ground (choose one)

    Alpine 1
  • Confronting the Crisis of Our Generation: The Opioid Epidemic in Colorado
    Teresa Manocchio, CHI, and Dr. Don Stader, Past Chair of the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Opioid Task Force
    Drug overdoses kill more Coloradans every year than auto accidents and homicides combined. Learn about the progress Colorado has made on prescription drug misuse, and see why the battle is shifting to heroin.
  • Alpine 2-3
  • Doctors and Disruptors: How Policymakers Can Respond to Health Market Developments
    Alex Caldwell, CHI, and Adam Atherly, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado The health care market is changing, and policy can’t keep up. From telehealth to clinics in grocery stores to direct primary care arrangements, we’ll look at emerging models of health care and what policymakers could — or should — do in response.
  • Alpine 4
  • 2017 Checkup: What the Colorado Health Access Survey Says About the State's Progress and Shortcomings
    Emily Johnson, CHI
    It’s the new normal in Colorado — widespread insurance coverage but stubborn problems with access to care. A close study of survey data from the CHAS suggests policy steps that can lead to better health for all Coloradans and informs debates around different public and private market options.

2 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions: Shifting Ground (repeated)

3:15 p.m. Break

Alpine Ballroom

3:30 p.m. Healing Machines: Harnessing Data and Technology to Improve Health

  • A conversation with Aiden Mitchell, Vice President of Global IoT Solutions, Arrow Electronics. Moderated by Michele Lueck, CHI
    What does the Internet of Things have to do with health and health care? Aiden Mitchell shares how new technology and new datasets are contributing to improvements in this field.

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Reception

  • Sponsored by SCL Health

Friday, December 8

Columbine Restaurant

8 a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast

  • Sponsored by Rose Community Foundation
Alpine Ballroom

9 a.m. Welcome

  • Lydia Jumonville, President and CEO, SCL Health

9:05 a.m. 2018 Legislative Forecast

  • Joe Hanel and Allie Morgan, CHI
    The 2018 legislative session will be challenging for anyone looking to advance health policy. While many bills will be on the table, political uncertainty abounds. Not only are Democrats and Republicans preparing to face off in the November election, but both parties are struggling to define themselves.

9:45 a.m. Keynote Address and Q&A

  • Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News, and Author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
    The complexity and waste in the U.S. health care system can induce despair among consumers and policy experts who want to change the system. But Elisabeth Rosenthal argues that each of us has the power to take back that system.

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates (invited)

  • Moderator: Christine Woolsey, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, SCL Health
    Colorado’s next governor will inherit a state that is, by many measures, among the healthiest in the country. But some worrying trends are threatening that status, and health care costs are besieging households and the state government alike. Learn how the women and men who want to be governor plan to advance health in the Centennial State.

12:30 p.m. Conference closes


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