Regence leads conversation at Washington State of Reform
Hundreds of health care industry leaders from in and around Washington attended the conference, which focused on bridging the gap between health care policy and political reality.
Above: Dr. Drew Oliveira, Senior Executive Medical Director for Regence BlueShield (right), at State of Reform with fellow panelists Dr. Aric Coffman, CEO of Everett Clinic (left); and Dr. Varun Choudhary, National Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, of Magellan Health (center)
Change was top of mind at the 10th annual State of Reform Health Policy Conference this month in Seattle. Nine hundred Washington health care industry leaders were on hand to discuss how to bring transformation to an industry that needs a new way of thinking.
“In our current (health care) model, it’s a ‘sick care’ model, and for all of us that are here (at State of Reform), we’re trying to move and say how do we get to the point of helping members before they get to that sick care component,” said Tim Lieb, President of Regence BlueShield, in a recap video from the conference.
“Value is getting your arms around of what’s the cost (of care), what’s the quality and how’s the member experience?” said Sue Birch, Director of the Washington State Health Care Authority, in the same video. “So it helps people at a conference like this understand that we have simply got to do better in those particular areas.”
Among the Regence speakers at State of Reform and at its pre-conference sessions were Julie Lindberg, Vice President of Clinical Services; Dr. Drew Oliveira, Senior Executive Medical Director; and Kristie Putnam, Vice President of Provider Partnership Innovation. They helped lead the conversation on value-based care, innovative provider partnerships, and integration of physical and behavioral health.
If our industry is going to transform health care, “we have to do a whole lot more to support our providers,” said Kristie Putnam, VP for Provider Partnership Innovation at Regence, at the @StateofReform conference.— Regence BlueShield (@RegenceWA) January 10, 2020
Watch below for her recap. #StateofReform pic.twitter.com/aFbEKSD6Qi
Regence Senior Executive Medical Director Dr. Oliveira spoke on the importance of total population health at #StateofReform.— Regence BlueShield (@RegenceWA) January 9, 2020
“We need to look at the total population, the people who are healthy, the people who are living with serious illness and chronic conditions, everyone.” pic.twitter.com/6glhVwlkCg
Julie Lindberg, VP of Clinical Services for Regence, is speaking about the importance of behavioral health integration at a pre-conference session today for the @StateofReform conference in Seattle #StateofReform pic.twitter.com/KEPaNW1iEq— Regence BlueShield (@RegenceWA) January 9, 2020