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ITUP’s 19th Annual Conference will be held on February 17, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Awards and Networking Dinner will follow the conference.


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February 17, 2015 Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center:

This year’s conference will focus on the next steps to build on the initial successes of ACA implementation in California.

Conference sessions will review how Covered California and the Medi-Cal expansion are working and discuss how they should evolve for the newly insured and already insured. Questions that speakers and panelists will explore include: How do we improve health outcomes for the newly insured? How do we design and build care and financing for the remaining uninsured? How do we integrate/coordinate care? How do county and state health programs evolve? What can we learn from other states? What is our long-term vision for health reform?


8:45 AM                Welcome and Introduction

Lucien Wulsin, Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project
Howard KahnBoard Chair, Insure the Uninsured Project


9:00 AM                Medi-Cal – All Your Questions Answered

California’s Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Health Care Services will discuss California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion, the managed care expansions, and the waiver renewal.

Diana Dooley, Secretary, California Health and Human Services
Mari Cantwell, Deputy Director Health Care Programs, California Department of Health Care Services
Burt Margolin, President, Margolin Group (Moderator)


10:00 AM               Covered California – What’s Next?

Covered California will discuss lessons from the most recent open enrollment period, plans for the future of Covered California, intersections with Medi-Cal and employment-based coverage, and payment and delivery system reforms.

Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered California
Burt Margolin, President, Margolin Group (Moderator)


10:45 AM               Break


11:00 AM                Morning Breakout Sessions:

  • Special Populations – Behavioral Health

This panel will discuss California’s care and treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders, outcomes and program accountability, the behavioral health waiver, and how behavioral heath services should be coordinated/integrated with each other and with physical health services.

Clayton Chau, Medical Director Behavioral Health, L.A. Care Health Plan
Brenda Grealish, Chief, Mental Health Services Division, California Department of Health and Human Services
John Lozier, Executive Director, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Jenny Montoya Tansey, Project Director, Health Matters, Californians for Safety and Justice
John Connolly, PhD, Deputy Director, Insure the Uninsured Project (Moderator)


  • Remaining Uninsured – Provider Counties

This panel will outline recommendations for delivery system reforms and financing care for the remaining uninsured in those counties with public hospitals and clinics. This will include collaboration and partnerships among public and private clinics and hospitals in caring for the uninsured; the design and renewal of California’s §1115 waiver, and interfaces between Medi-Cal managed care and safety net care to the uninsured.

Mitchell Katz, Director, Los Angeles Department of Health Services
Alex Briscoe, Director, Alameda County Health Care Agency
Colleen Chawla, Deputy Director and Director of Policy and Planning, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Dolores Alvarado, CEO, Community Health Partnership, Santa Clara County
Burt Margolin, President, Margolin Group (Moderator)


  • Remaining Uninsured – Payor Counties

This panel will discuss their recommendations for delivery system reforms and financing care for the remaining uninsured in those counties with private safety net hospitals and clinics.

Henry Tuttle, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Community Clinics-San Diego
Isabel Becerra, Executive Director, Coalition of OC Community Health Centers
Jon D. Gilwee, Executive Director, Government Affairs, UC Irvine Health
Lucien Wulsin, Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project (Moderator


12:15 PM                Lunch     


12:45 PM                  Keynote Speaker
United States Congressman Xavier Becerra – California’s 34th Congressional District


1:30 PM                  Featured Speakder: National Perspective

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Burt MargolinPresident, Margolin Group (Moderator)


2:30 PM                  Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  • Payment and Delivery System Reforms – The Private Sector

This panel will discuss the implementation of direction of payment and delivery system reforms in commercial markets.

Ann Boynton, Deputy Executive Officer of Benefit Programs, Policy, & Planning, CalPERS
Jeffrey Rideout, Chief Medical Officer, Covered California           
Kristen Miranda, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, Blue Shield of California
Thomas M. Priselac, President & CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Sharon Levine, Director and Senior Advisor for Public Policy, Pharmacy and Professional Development, The Permanente Medical Group
Richard Chambers, President, Molina Health Care (Moderator)


  • Payment and Delivery System Reforms – The Public Sector

This panel will discuss the implementation of direction of payment and delivery system reforms in public sector programs such as Medi-Cal, Medicare, and county health.

Mari Cantwell, Deputy Director Health Care Programs, CA Dept. of Health Care Services
Jon Freedman, Chief of Strategy & Government Relations, L.A. Care Health Plan
Alan McKay, Chief Executive Officer, Central Alliance Health
Castulo De La Rocha, President & CEO, AltaMed Health Services
Lucien Wulsin, Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project (Moderator)


  • Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchanges, and E-medicine

This panel will discuss the importance, progress, and future evolution of advances in information technology in health care

Patricia M. Connolly, Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Group
William Henning, Chief Medical Officer, Inland Empire Health Plan
Daniel Chavez, Executive Director, San Diego Health Connect
David Watson, CEO, CalIndex
Sophia Chang, Chief Program Officer, California HealthCare Foundation (Moderator)


3:45 PM                   Break


4:00 PM                  Future of Reform

Speakers from other states will describe the arc of their reform efforts. Then panelists will discuss the options for future reform efforts in California.

Tom Traylor, VP of Federal, State and Local Programs, Boston Medical Center
James W. Hunt, Jr., President, Massachusetts League of Health Centers
Cheryl Bartlett, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Hector Flores, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, White Memorial Medical Center
Peter Long, President, Blue Shield of California Foundation (Moderator)



February 17, 2015 Awards Reception and Dinner  (5:30 PM)

After the conference, ITUP will host an Awards Reception and Dinner.

This year we will be honoring exemplary leadership in community health.




Materials from the 18th Annual ITUP Conference are available here.