2017 Health Forums

Expanding the Alaska Health Policy Conversation

Ak Health Reform sponsors monthly Alaska Forum discussions featuring panels of local and national specialists on a range of topics.

December 14, 2016 – Health System Cost Drivers

The first session provides an overview of the health care industry and services with highest health care spending rates.  The conversation covers behavioral health, physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and community-based services.
Panelists included:
  • Margaret Brodie – Director, Division of Health Care Services, State of Alaska
  • Mike Haugen – Executive Director, Alaska State Medical Association
  • Becky Hultberg – President/CEO, ASHNHA
  • Denis McCarville – CEO, Ak Child & Family
  • Roy Scheller – Executive Director, HOPE Community Resources

Unfortunately there is no recording available for this session.

January 11, 2017 – Supporting Alaska’s Aging Population

January’s forum focuses on the challenges and opportunities involved in supporting Alaska’s growing aging population and individuals with disabilities. The discussion examines the important implications for government, business, and communities in addressing the unique needs for this population.

Panelists included:
  • Steve Ashman – Manager, Municipality of Anchorage Housing & Community Services
  • Rita Gay – Coordinator, State of Alaska DOLWD Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training (MASST)
  • Steven Lutzky – President, HCBS Strategies
  • Duane Mayes – Director, State of Alaska DHSS Senior And Disability Services

January Audio Recording- Supporting Alaska’s Aging Population

February 8, 2017 – Health Insurance in Alaska

February’s forum focuses on the complexity of health insurance in Alaska. There are a number of initiatives and studies underway to address health insurance issues including the cost of health care and insurance coverage, access to coverage, and broader health system reform.

Panelists included:

  • Lynn Henderson, VP Group Sales Premera Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alaska
  • Albert Fogle, Chair Alaska Association of Health Underwriters
  • Natasha Pineda, HCA Feasibility Project Coordinator State of Alaska, Department of Administration

February audio recording of Health Insurance in Alaska

March 1, 2017 – Models For Managed Care Structures In Alaska

March’s forum focuses on Care Management Structures.  The panel members are involved in a variety of initiatives to move from volume to value in both public and private healthcare reimbursement. The discussion offers firsthand experience on healthcare system transformation and the advantage and disadvantages of fully integrated delivery models.

Panelists currently include:

  • Tom Chard, Executive Director Alaska Behavioral Health Association Chuck Ingoglia-Vice President of Public Policy National Council on Behavioral Health
  • Marci Scott-Weis, Chief Operating Officer Qualis Health
  • Alan Lederman, Chief Administrative Officer Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Blaine Bergeson, Vice President Optum Health

March adobe connect audio recording –Models For Managed Care Structures In Alaska

April, 2017 – Emergency Care Improvements

April’s forum focuses on the Emergency Department Improvement Project.  The joint project is a collaboration between the Alaska Hospital and Nursing Home Association and the Alaska Chapter – American College of Emergency Physicians.  It’s goals are to address overuse of emergency department services through better coordination between providers as well as addressing the care coordination needs of patients.
Panelists included:

  • Anne Zink, MD, FACEP, Medical Director Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
  • Ben A Zaniello, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer, Vice President, Collective Medical Technologies
  • Connie Beemer, MBA, PMP Director, Member Services & Operations Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA)

April Adobe Connect Audio Recording –Emergency Care Improvements

May 2017 – Price Transparency of Health Care Costs

May’s Forum focuses on the cost and price transparency of health care in an effort to demystify health care costs and empower the health care consumer. The panelists offer a provider’s perspective on how billing works and prices are set, information on House Bill 123 which requires health care providers and facilities to post the full price of their most common services and procedures, and a review of Anchorage’s municipality ordinance that requires medical providers to give cost estimates for health care services to patients who ask for them.
Panelists included:

  • Ivy Spohnholz, sponsor of HB 123 and chair of the House Health and Social Services Committee
  • Tracy Tucker, CFO Providence Medical Group
  • Bill Falsey, Anchorage Municipality Attorney
  • Lynn Rust Henderson, Premera Vice President Sales and Services

May’s Adobe Connect Audio Recording –Price Transparency Cost