Regence leads conversation at Washington State of Reform

By Ashley Bach
January 17, 2020

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.

Read more on LinkedIn about Dr. Oliveira's and Putnam's experiences at State of Reform.