Will California Be Ready? Implementing Programs for Serious Illness


    A Policy Discussion on Care and Coverage Approaches

    Thursday | May 31, 2018
    8:30 AM- 12:30 PM

    The Citizen Hotel- Metropolitan Terrace
    926 J Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814

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    California is aging faster than the rest of the nation, and many residents struggle with serious illness and uncoordinated, expensive and often unnecessary medical care. Given
    this, the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and Cedars-Sinai are holding a conference to examine the state’s readiness to meet the needs of this population going forward. National and California perspectives will be presented on care and payment models to serve this population, aiming to identify and advance policies that will make better, higher value care a reality for all Californians with serious illness.


    8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Breakfast

    9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and Keynote

    • Leonard D. Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy; Board Chair, USC Schaeffer Center

    9:30 – 10:30 National Panel: How the Country is Preparing

    • Amy Bassano, Acting Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & Acting Director, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) 
    • Karl Lorenz, Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Section Chief, VA Palo Alto—Stanford University Palliative Care Programs
    • Peggy Maguire, Senior Vice President, Corporate Accountability and Performance, Cambia Health Solutions
    • Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    • Brad Smith, Co-Founder, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Health

    10:30 – 10:45 Break
    10:45 – 11:15 The View from Sacramento

    • Jennifer Kent, Director, California Department of Health Care Services

    11:15 – 11:30 The Patient’s Perspective

    • Karen Morin Green, nurse, wife, and mother

    11:30 – 12:25 State Panel: What California Needs to do to Prepare

    • Moderator: Tom Priselac, MPH, President and CEO, Cedars—Sinai Health System
    • Daniella Meeker, PhD, Assistant Professor, USC Schaeffer Center and Keck School of Medicine of USC 
    • Torrie Fields, Senior Program Manager, Palliative Care Program Design & Implementation, Blue Shield of California
    • Jennifer Ballentine, Executive Director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care
    • Shelly Garone, MD, Assistant Physician in Chief, Kaiser-Permanente- Sacramento

    12:25 – 12:30 Conclusion: Where we go from here

     Additional speakers to be announced.