Will California Be Ready? Implementing Programs for Serious Illness

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

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The Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

A Policy Discussion on Care and Coverage Approaches

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.

Please RSVP (code: SeriousIllness) to reserve your place


8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and National Policy Overview
Leonard D. Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; Chair, Roundtable for People with Serious Illness, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
9:30 AM National Panel: How the Country is Preparing
Amy Bassano, MA, Acting Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & Acting Director, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Karl Lorenz, MD, 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, JD, Senior Vice President, Corporate Accountability and Performance, Cambia Health Solutions
Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Brad Smith, MPhil, Co-Founder, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Health
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM The View from Sacramento
Jennifer Kent, MPA, Director, California Department of Health Care Services
11:15 AM Perspective from the Patient's Family
Karen Morin Green, nurse, wife, and mother
11:30 AM State Panel: What California Needs to do to Prepare
Moderator: Thomas M. 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, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Palliative Care Program Design & Implementation, Blue Shield of California
Jennifer Ballentine, MA, Executive Director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care
Shelly Garone, MD, Assistant Physician in Chief, Kaiser-Permanente- Sacramento
12:25 PM Where we go from Here
Thomas M. Priselac
12:30 PM Adjourn

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