Oct 28 - 29, 2014
Zach Patton, Executive Editor, Governing
A quiet, yet extremely important revolution has been taking place in how health and human services are delivered – prompted by powerful new technology, the emphasis on service integration in the Affordable Care Act, the spread of evidence-based practices and policies, and the widespread efforts to break down silos in funding and administration. Yet, change is difficult for all involved and there are multiple obstacles that have been slowing down progress. At the same time, health innovations, new tools and technologies, are inspiring leaders to fundamentally reimagine longstanding approaches to health and human service delivery. This expert panel will look at the major changes that are underway in both health as well as human services, how viable they really are, and how significantly the ACA is changing the playing field as implementation efforts mature.
Chris Kardish, Staff Writer, Governing
Carol Backstrom, Program Director, Medicaid and Health System Transformation, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
Susan E. Birch MBA, BSN, RN, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
In an era of scarce resources, business champions can help to drive productive policy change, generate increased resources, and bring new entrepreneurial tools and techniques to the public sector. But cross-sector collaboration requires an understanding of current economic trends, and the impact of business consolidation. Moreover, cumbersome and prescriptive procurement protocols are disposed to maintaining status-quo “solutions” rather than inviting new ideas and innovations. However, exciting approaches like “entrepreneur in residence” (EiR) programs, social impact bonds, and open-procurement initiatives are some of the up and coming trends that allow jurisdictions to bring business partners and the civic community to the table. This panel will highlight how some governments have been able to create fruitful partnerships with entrepreneurs and start-ups, generating resources for new collaborations in the Health and Human Services sector.
J. B. Wogan, Staff Writer, Governing
Steve Erbes, SNAP Employment and Training Coordinator, Department of Employment and Economic Development, State of Minnesota
Trent Haywood, M.D., J.D., Chief Medical Officer and SVP, Office of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA)
Introduction by Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Publisher, Governing
Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President, Governing
Experts look ahead to the 2015 legislative sessions, the bills likely to be introduced across a number of states, their chances, and the continuing impact on HHS transformation. What are some of the most promising developments on the horizon? Where have legislatures fallen short of achieving meaningful policy change?
Richard Greene, Senior Fellow, Governing Institute
Clarence E. Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities
Dan Crippen, Executive Director, National Governors Association
Emilia Istrate, Ph.D., Research Director, National Association of Counties
New approaches to health and human service delivery are abundant. But across the board, the emerging question is, how can governments use data and evaluation techniques in order to determine which efforts have shown the clearest signs of success? How can data be best integrated to analyze both needs and the impact of government services? This panel will explore promising developments and new ways for turning measures on health and social wellbeing into blueprints for action.
Katherine Barrett, Senior Fellow, Governing Institute
Reggie Bicha, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)
The Honorable William A. Hazel, Jr., M.D., Secretary of Health & Human Resources, Office of Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
Q&A with Zach Patton, Executive Editor, Governing
Much of the dialogue on Health and Human Services is focused on high-level policy considerations; the need to deploy reforms and modern tools in the face of new challenges, such as chronic illness, an aging population, and concerns about poverty and social welfare. However, not enough attention is typically devoted to the frontline workforce, who is a vital but often overlooked part of the health and human services delivery system. Frontline workers, such as long-term care providers and social workers, are on the nexus of the changing HHS landscape and the efforts of streamlining and integrating health and human service programs. This session will provide a view from the front line: Our panel will share insights on reforms and best practices as they play out in the real world and reflect on promising new developments and the improvements that are still needed.
Jonathan Walters, Senior Editor, Governing
Nilesh Kalyanaraman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Baltimore Health Care for the Homeless Council
Patricia L. Rideout, Director, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services
This program has explored some of the major reform efforts and transformations under way in the health and human services arena, and the ways in which new policies, performance metrics, and technologies are empowering meaningful improvements in the efficiency and quality of our HHS systems. However, more profound and comprehensive change is still needed in order to ensure HHS programs that are sustainable and provide broader access and better outcomes. This will require leaders to rethink traditional models and policies. Experts advocate for more holistic approaches, expanded application of technologies, and a continued move toward integrated and managed care. Our final panel will explore how leaders have been re-imagining HHS: from systems-thinking and community-level strategies to telemedicine and other innovations. We will also address potential challenges that come with these modern approaches, such as concerns about fraud, and the tools to mitigate such risks.
Zach Patton, Executive Editor, Governing
Gary Capistrant, Senior Director, Public Policy, American Telemedicine Association
Peter McDonald, Director of Business Development, Experian Public Sector
Tracy L. Wareing, Executive Director, American Public Human Services Association
Followed by Q&A with Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Publisher, Governing