CHCF Health Care Forum and 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Mission Bay Conference Center

1675 Owens Street

San Francisco, CA 94158

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At the CHCF Health Care Forum, experts and leaders from across California will come together to talk about innovative ways to transform the way care is provided for the millions of Californians served by the safety net. We’ll also look at the current political environment in which we find ourselves, and the implications of national policy developments for California.

The day will conclude with a celebration of CHCF's two decades of dedication to a health care system that works for all Californians. Join us in thanking colleagues and partners who have provided leadership and support over the past 20 years.


11:30 12:30 Lunch Available

12:00 – 12:30 Welcome: CHCF President and CEO Sandra Hernández, MD, and CHCF Board Chair Barbara Lubash, MS

12:30 1:30 Plenary: The View of California from the Nation's Capital. Join Sarah Kliff, Senior Health Editor of Vox, as she shares inside-the-Beltway views on national policy considerations and what they mean for California. Moderator: Scott Shafer, Senior Editor, KQED Politics and Government Desk.

1:45 – 2:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Innovations in Access: The Future of Primary Care in California’s Safety Net

Speakers: Alice Chen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Health Network; Jason Cunningham, DO, Medical Director, West County Health Centers; Jennifer Sayles, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Inland Empire Health Plan. Moderator: Veenu Aulakh, Executive Director, Center for Care Innovations.

Leading safety-net providers are transforming the role of primary care physicians. What are they doing and what impact has it had on access to care and on patient and physician satisfaction? How can other providers get started, and how can health plans and state policy support these efforts?

How Integrating Care Can Help End the Opioid Epidemic

Speakers: Yolanda Briscoe, MEd, PsyD, Director of Addiction Recovery Program, Petaluma Health Center; Clayton Chau, MD, PhD, Regional Executive Medical Director, Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, Providence St. Joseph Health; Andrew Herring, MD, Director of Pain and Addiction Treatment, Highland Hospital. Moderator: Kelly Pfeifer, MD, Director, High-Value Care, California Health Care Foundation.

California is making progress on a "no wrong door" treatment approach by offering care for people struggling with addiction wherever they seek care. From the ER to primary care, learn how clinicians are altering the course of their patients’ lives with integrated care and effective treatment.

Putting Capital to Work: Health Care Investing to Spur Innovation

Speakers: Chris Grant, COO and EVP, Kaiser Permanente; Lynne Chou O'Keefe, MBA, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers; Sanjay Shah, MBA, Director of Strategic Innovation, Dignity Health. Moderator: Carl Bouthillette, MBA, Senior Program Officer, Innovation Fund, California Health Care Foundation.

Technology has disrupted how we communicate and how we share information and connect with friends and co-workers; it has changed almost every part of our daily life. How can we use innovation and technology to make an impact in health care and where should we be putting down our "bets" of investment dollars?

2:45 – 3:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Turning the Ship: How California’s Health Care Leaders Are Transforming Care Delivery in Large Public Health Systems

Speakers: Susan Ehrlich, MD, CEO, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Michael Peterson, MD, Chief of Medicine, USCF Fresno/Valley Medical Foundation. Moderator: Ian Morrison, PhD, author, consultant, and futurist.

A facilitated conversation of how two senior executives leading innovation in large delivery systems started and/or accelerated change in their systems.

Moving Beyond Patient-Centered to a Customer-Driven System of Care

Panelists: April Kyle, Vice President, Southcentral Foundation, Behavioral Services Division. Moderator: Ana Valdés, MD, Chief Healthcare Officer, HealthRIGHT 360.

Learn about the system Don Berwick called “the leading example of health care redesign in the nation, maybe the world.” Customer-owned, relationship-based, and whole-person care form the basis of the NUKA system of care.

Reel Stories: Life and Death in the ICU

Speaker: Jessica Zitter, MD, Critical Care and Palliative Care Specialist, Highland Hospital. Moderator: Anne Kinderman, MD, Director, Supportive & Palliative Care Service, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

In just 24 minutes, the Oscar-nominated documentary Extremis raises essential questions about the value of aggressive medical intervention and the need for candid conversations among patients, families, and providers long before end-of-life crises occur. After the film, we will discuss implications and opportunities with Dr. Zitter, who is featured in the film.

3:45 – 4:45 Keynote: Telling the Story of What Matters to Patients. Abraham Verghese MD, novelist and Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine, Stanford University.

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks: Sandra Hernández, MD

5:00 – 7:00 CHCF 20th Anniversary Celebration

RSVP by April 26; space is limited.

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Mission Bay Conference Center

1675 Owens Street

San Francisco, CA 94158

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