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Keynote Speakers

 

9:00-10:00 a.m. • Morning Keynote

 

Avik Roy, President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity

Avik Roy has served as a policy advisor to three Republican presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney in 2012. He is an opinion editor at Forbes, where he writes on politics and policy, and manages The Apothecary, the influential Forbes blog on healthcare policy and entitlement reform. Roy is also the co-founder and president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a think tank focused on expanding economic opportunity to those who least have it. 

 

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Lunch Keynote 

 

Julie Rovner, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Julie Rovner joined Kaiser Health News as a Senior Correspondent after 16 years at NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  She’s also the author of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z.

 

 

Panel Speakers

 

10:30-11:30 a.m. • Future of Medicaid Panel

 

Eric Borgerding, President and CEO, Wisconsin Hospital Association

Eric Borgerding is the president and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. He has been with WHA since 2002 and previously held positions as vice president of government relations, senior vice president and executive vice president. Prior to joining WHA, Borgerding served as director of legislative relations for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business organization.  He served as the director of state legislative affairs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1994 to 1997. 

 

Michael Heifetz, Medicaid Director, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

In his previous role as State Budget Director, Heifetz served as Division Administrator of Executive Budget and Finance, which provides accounting, budget and financial services for state government, including fiscal and policy analysis for the Governor. Prior to taking this position in 2013, Heifetz was Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Dean Clinic, and SSM Health of Wisconsin for 11 years. His experience also includes 10 previous years in state government in both executive and legislative branches. Heifetz has a Political Science and International Relations BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from UW Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs. Heifetz resides in Madison and served eight years on the City of Madison Plan Commission. He currently serves on the Jewish Federation of Madison Board of Directors, and is a past member of the Urban League of Greater Madison Board of Directors.

 

Jon Peacock, Research Director, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Jon Peacock has 35 years of experience working on public policy issues in Wisconsin.  He worked for almost 20 years as a legislative aide for the Wisconsin Assembly, where he had a hand in shaping the legislation creating Wisconsin’s Healthy Start and BadgerCare programs.  Since 1999 Peacock has worked at the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, where he is the research director and heads up the work of the Wisconsin Budget Project.  The Budget Project examines the implications of state fiscal policy choices for low- and moderate-income families. 

 

Dr. Veronica Gunn, Vice President of Population Health Management & Payment Innovation, Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin

 Dr. Veronica Gunn is vice president of population health management and payment innovation at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In this role, Gunn facilitates efforts to develop new and innovative care delivery strategies that support growth, differentiation of services, operational efficiencies and financial performance. She works closely with primary care, specialty care, hospital and community services to develop the infrastructure required for Children’s to act as a clinically integrated network. Prior to this role, Gunn served as the medical director of community services, where she provided medical input to the child welfare, community services and public policy teams helping the health system evaluate the needs of children in the community and identify resources to enhance the well-being of those children. Gunn has also served as chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health and medical director for the Tennessee Governor's Office of Children's Care Coordination.

 

Moderator • Tim Stumm, Editor, Wisconsin Health News

Tim Stumm is the founding editor of Wisconsin Health News. Before moving back to his home state of Wisconsin, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Oregon Health News and wrote regularly for the Oregonian. He previously served as a policy advisor and deputy press secretary for Wisconsin’s governor. Stumm received a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from UW- Madison.

 

 

1:00-2:00 p.m. • What's Next for Health Reform?

 

Donna Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director, UW Population Health Institute

Donna Friedsam directs the health policy group within the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. She leads a team of faculty and researchers evaluating Wisconsin’s BadgerCare Plus – a combined Medicaid/CHIP health coverage program, with work published widely in both peer-reviewed journals and practice-oriented formats. She also oversees within her group the UW’s Evidence-Based Health Policy Project and the Covering Wisconsin program within the UW’s School of Human Ecology. Friedsam served previously as executive director of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, director of a managed care demonstration project, and manager of several projects supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 

Dr. Scott Rathgaber, CEO, Gundersen Health System

 Dr. Scott Rathgaber is the chief executive officer and a board certified gastroenterologist at Gundersen Health System. Rathgaber joined the Gundersen Gastroenterology department in 1998. He took on his first leadership role in 2005, after being elected Gastroenterology section chief. For the next six years, he led quality, patient satisfaction and other initiatives for the section.  In 2010, medical staff across Gundersen elected Rathgaber to the organization’s Board of Governors.  Two years later, he was named a medical vice president. Before joining Gundersen, Dr. Rathgaber spent five years caring for patients at Burns Clinic in Petoskey, Mich., in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology department. 

 

J.P. Wieske, Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

J.P. Wieske was appointed deputy commissioner of insurance for the State of Wisconsin in June 2016. Before that he served as the OCI legislative liaison/public information officer for five years. Wieske brings more than 20 years of experience working in the insurance industry. He is the chair of the NAIC's Regulatory Framework Task Force and has served as chair of the NAIC's Network Adequacy Subgroup. Prior to joining OCI, Wieske served as the executive director of the Council of Affordable Health Insurance. 

 

Scott Johnson, Plan President, Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin 

Scott Johnson joined Molina in March 2013 as plan president of Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin. Johnson is responsible for the operational oversight of the Wisconsin Plan as well as the implementation and execution of various strategic initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry and deep competencies in analytics, operations, and information technology. Prior to joining Molina, Johnson served as executive vice president for Care Wisconsin First, Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. Before that, he served as chief information officer at Community Care, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and held senior leadership positions with Dean Health Plan, Ministry Health Care, Meridian Resource Corporation and Wisconsin Physicians Service.

 

Moderator • Chris Queram, CEO of Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality

Chris Queram has been president/CEO of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality since November of 2005.  WCHQ is a voluntary consortium of organizations working to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare, and the health of the population in Wisconsin, through public reporting of comparative performance information, collaborative learning, and sharing of best practices. Queram serves on the boards of Agrace HospiceCare, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources, the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network and Wisconsin Health Information Organization.  He is also a member of the Core Measures Collaborative and represents the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement on the Measures Application Partnership.

 

2:15-3:15 p.m. • The View from Inside the Beltway

 

Cindy Brown, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Medical Association

Ms. Brown is the Vice President of Government Affairs in the Washington Office of the American Medical Association, where she oversees the AMA’s advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress and all the federal agencies.Prior to joining AMA in April 2008, Ms. Brown worked for the American College of Surgeons for 21 years, most recently as Director of the College’s Division of Advocacy and Health Policy.  Her Washington experience also includes positions with the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment.She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a master's degree in political science from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

 

Leanne Gassaway, Senior Vice President – State Affairs, America’s Health Insurance Plans
Leanne Gassaway is the senior vice president for state affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association representing the health insurance industry. Leanne is responsible for assisting in legislative, regulatory and policy advocacy efforts in the states, and activities at various political and regulatory organizations, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and National Governors Association. She also is focused on federal and state driven efforts regarding the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to coming to AHIP, Leanne had an active tenure working in government affairs and project management. She began her career in 1994 at PacifiCare Health Systems, now a UnitedHealth Care company, where she was the director of regulatory advocacy over a nine state region. She also worked for CIGNA Corporation as the western region government affairs director. She also served as vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for the California Association of Health Plans. 

 

Julie Rovner, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Julie Rovner joined Kaiser Health News as a Senior Correspondent after 16 years at NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  She’s also the author of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z.

 

 

Moderator • Tim Stumm, Editor, Wisconsin Health News

Tim Stumm is the founding editor of Wisconsin Health News. Before moving back to his home state of Wisconsin, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Oregon Health News and wrote regularly for the Oregonian. He previously served as a policy advisor and deputy press secretary for Wisconsin’s governor. Stumm received a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from UW- Madison.










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