Will California Be Ready? Implementing Programs for Serious Illness

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A Policy Discussion on Care and Coverage Approaches

California is aging faster than the rest of the nation with the state’s over-65 population projected to reach 8.4 million by 2030 (Stanford Center on Longevity). With an aging population, many residents struggle with serious illness and uncoordinated, expensive and often unnecessary medical care. This conference explored the gap between the care that people need and the care they actually receive, and the policy levers on the state and federal levels to support better, higher value care for all Californians.

The conference was hosted by the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and Cedars-Sinai with additional support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Event Date
Thursday, May 31, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific
The Citizen Hotel- Metropolitan Terrace
926 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814



8:30 – 9:00  Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30  Welcome and Keynote

  • June Simmons, President and CEO of Partners in Care Foundation

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

  • Moderator: 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
  • Annette Snyder, PhD, MSN, BSN, Nurse Consultant, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
  • 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
  • Puneet Singh, Chief Development 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 do we go from here?

This event was made possible through a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.