Last week, over 1,000 state health policy leaders and others from every state joined the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) first-ever virtual state health policy conference to discuss a path forward during an unrelenting pandemic and profound budget challenges. As one state official noted, “This was a chance to lift my eyes from the day-to-day challenges and look at the big picture.”
Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts opened NASHP’s 33rd annual state health policy conference on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, praising the hard work and innovation of state policymakers across the country as they confront COVID-19.
“COVID is like nothing any of us have dealt with before and we were all forced to make a lot of decisions in a very short period of time based on imperfect information and in many cases a scarcity with respect to resources and data and all the rest,” he told more than 1,000 state leaders who registered for the NASHP’s virtual conference, which continues today through Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020.
“I’m incredibly proud of how many of us over these months have managed to find a way to get things done on behalf of the people we serve,” he said in his keynote address. Prior to COVID-19, the conference was scheduled for Boston before it was relocated to a virtual platform.
“… COVID has exposed all kinds of opportunities to improve our health care system,” he explained. “Certainly, the arrival of telehealth here in Massachusetts for all kinds of preventive health care and behavioral health services has been a godsend. Some of the rule changes we have made in regards to addiction treatment should continue as we go forward, and it’s obviously laid out for all of us a road map with respect to the things we need to do to dramatically improve health disparities and to deal with many of the social determinants of health, especially related to race and geography, that came about as a result of the presence of COVID and what it uncovered.”
Gov. Baker concluded, “…From my own experience, as someone who has been in the in the health care world, in government, and in the private sector for the better part of the past 25 years, gatherings are a great opportunity to learn, to hear from other people about a different way of solving a problem or thinking about an issue and I certainly hope in this virtual world you’ll all have a chance to do that. And, obviously we all hope and look forward to the fact that at some point, we’ll be able to do this the old-fashioned way which would be same place, face to face, and maybe with even a handshake or high five.”
NASHP will be tweeting and reporting on the three-day conference in the days ahead.
When and where is #NASHPCONF18?
NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference is Aug. 15 to 17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, in Jacksonville, FL.
What will this year’s conference explore?
NASHP’s conference, entitled Shifting Tides in State Health Policy, addresses the most pressing and critical issues facing state health policymakers, such as health care reform and cost containment, the opioid crisis, stabilizing state health insurance markets, and social determinants of health. In fact, in 2017 more than 97 percent of attendees rated the content as either “very good,” or “excellent!”
Check out our full conference agenda to learn more about the topics covered.
Why should I attend the conference?
Planned by state health policymakers for state health policy makers, NASHP’s annual conference is a must-attend event for the state health policy community. With a carefully crafted agenda focusing on emerging issues and current best practices within states, our conference brings together the nation’s leading experts to share, learn, and discuss. This premier event offers unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge industry knowledge, the nation’s leading experts, and exceptional networking opportunities that will help take you and your state to the next level. Need more reasons to attend? Check out our Top Five!
Who usually attends the conference?
State health policymakers representing all branches and of government and all 50 states and Washington, DC, attend. Also present are federal and government officials and representatives from nonprofit organizations that focus on state health policy, advocates, consultants, foundations, health plans, private providers, trade associations, health technology firms, and more! In short, anyone invested in advancing excellence in state health policy attends #NASHPCONF18 to benefit from the educational and networking opportunities.
What is the cost of attending the conference?
The cost varies, based on your type of company or organization, and what portion of the conference you will attend (preconference only, conference only, or the entire event). Please visit the registration fees webpage for a complete breakdown of registration options and fees. Don’t forget, discounted early bird rates are available until July 20, 2018, so register soon to lock in the discounted rate!
How can I pay to attend the conference?
Registration fees can be paid by credit card when you register online, or by purchase order or check.
Please mail your conference registration payment to the following address:
Center for Health Policy Development
Attn: Accounts Receivable
PO Box 10571
Albany, NY 12201-5571
Are scholarships available?
General scholarships are not available. Through the generous support of some state foundations, limited scholarships are available to participants from those states. For more information about whether a foundation in your state is supporting scholarships, please visit the NASHP State Leaders Program webpage.
How do I register for the conference?
Registering for the NASHP 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference is easy, just visit the online registration portal.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you wish to cancel your registration before Friday, July 20, 2018, NASHP will provide a refund of the registration fee less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be processed for registrations canceled after July 20, 2018. If you register and cannot attend, another person from your organization may attend in your place. Hotel cancellation policies are at the discretion of the hotel and apply separately.
Is there a conference hashtag I can use on social media?
Yes, our conference hashtag is #NASHPCONF18. Feel free to include this when talking about the conference on social media for a chance to be retweeted/shared by our official NASHP social media accounts.
Is there an official hotel for the conference?
Yes, the official conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel at 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32202. The hotel phone is 904-588-1234.
Is there a discounted room rate for conference attendees?
Yes! NASHP has worked with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel to provide conference attendees with a room rate of $159/night, plus 14.13 percent tax. This room rate will only be available until July 23, 2018, or until the room block is full.
For information about how to book a room at the Hyatt Regency at NASHP’s special group rate, visit the Lodging page on our website or go directly to NASHP’s unique Hyatt Regency reservation page to book your reservation now!
Will I be contacted by NASHP and/or the conference hotel to book and pay for my stay?
No! Please be aware that third-party housing companies may contact NASHP conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors to promote lodging for our annual conference. If you are contacted by anyone who states they are contacting you on behalf of NASHP or the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront to book reservations and obtain credit card information, please exercise extreme caution, as it is a scam. NASHP and the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel will not contact you to request credit card numbers or housing reservations over the phone.
If you have made hotel reservations and provided a credit card number to any company, please call your credit card company immediately and request that they investigate the charge.
What is the conference dress code?
Please dress in business casual during conference hours. You are welcome dress casually for evening events.
Can I earn Continuing Education credits at the conference?
No, unfortunately NASHP does not offer continuing education credits for sessions attended during the annual conference.
Can I submit an idea for a session or a speaker?
Yes, NASHP’s Annual Call for Ideas starts in mid-January each year. Please check our website in January 2019 for details on when and how to submit your ideas.
Will there be food and beverage provided during the conference.
Yes, all breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks are provided during the days that you are registered for conference and preconference sessions.
Will Wi-Fi be available?
Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi will be available to all conference attendees in meeting spaces. Please watch for an email about one week before the conference with instructions detailing how to download the mobile app and utilize Wi-Fi on-site.
Will presentations be available to conference attendees?
Yes, presentations are made available approximately one week prior to the conference through the mobile app.
If I have registered but can no longer attend conference, can someone attend in my place?
Yes, follow the instructions below to change and update the attendee information.
- Go to the registration login page.
- Enter your email address and the confirmation number provided in your registration confirmation email.
- Under “More Options” select “Substitute Registration.”
- Enter the new registrant’s info as prompted. You will be asked to confirm the new registrant’s info. Hit “Confirm,” and the process is complete!
Friday, August 17th
8:30am – 12:00pm
View or download the agenda for this summit.
Open only to state officials, this half-day summit provides a unique opportunity for state officials to examine what they can do to lower drug prices, the challenges these initiatives face, and strategies to overcome them. The agenda is designed for and by state officials to help state legislators and staff, governors’ staff, state employee health benefit administrators, Medicaid, attorneys general staff, and other state officials share their experiences. During the summit, officials will:
- Provide an overview of what states are doing to address the rising cost of prescription drugs, and
- Discuss the pharmaceutical industry’s response, and how to manage the lobbying and legal counter-efforts by pharma and other opponents.
This summit is made possible with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
This event is open only to state officials.
ModeratorRichard N. Gottfried, Chair, New York State Assembly Committee on Health
Richard N. Gottfried has chaired the NY State Assembly Health Committee since 1987 and represents a district in Manhattan. He works to expand publicly funded health coverage; protect patient autonomy, especially in reproductive and end-of-life care; and support safety-net health care providers. He sponsors the “New York Health” bill to create a state single-payer universal health plan and sponsored NY’s medical marijuana law. He’s a lawyer (Columbia, JD ’73) but does not have a private practice. Member of NY Academy of Medicine, National Academy for State Health Policy, Reforming States Group, NYC Bar Association, and NY Civil Liberties Union.
SpeakersJulie Kotchevar, Administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, State of Nevada
Dr. Kotchevar has served in the Nevada state system as an Executive Branch Auditor, the Clinical Program Manager of Nevada Early Intervention Services, and as the Deputy Administrator of Aging and Disability Services Division before joining the Director’s Office as the Deputy Director.
Dr. Kotchevar has recently completed her Doctorate in Health Policy Planning and Analysis, has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education.
Terry Cothran is currently the Director at Pharmacy Management Consultants (a division of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy) with 27 years of pharmacy experience and 24 years of that in management. He was previously the Operations Manager in other departments, such as Medication Therapy Management, Consulting Pharmacy, and Prior Authorization in a large Pharmacy Benefit Management environment. Prior to that, he was the Operations Manager in Specialty Pharmacy, the Regional Manager of Store Operations in a retail chain, and manager in the independent pharmacy environment.
Virginia Lyons, Vermont Senator, Vermont State Senate
Amir Bassiri, Senior Policy Advisor for Health, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Trevor Douglass, Oregon Prescription Drug Program & Pharmacy Purchasing Director, Oregon Health Authority
He has also completed a Bachelor of Science in human biology, post-graduate training in sports medicine, and most recently, obtained a masters degree in public health from OHSU, with a focus on primary health care and health disparities.
Over the last 8 years, Trevor has focused on all things Medicaid; tackling a broad array of policy & program areas that which included the Medicaid Pharmacy Program. Trevor’s deep understanding of the Medicaid arena and, in particular, the pharmacy arena coupled with his ability to develop meaningful collaborative relationships, positions OHA and the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium well. He looks forward to forging strong, collaborative relationships across the Nation, the State, and with consortium partners.
Jim Jones, Partner, Ten2Eleven Business Solutions, LLC
Jim Jones is CFO and founding partner at Sacramento, CA based Ten2Eleven Business Solutions, LLC. Since starting the company in 2004, Jim and his team have helped numerous public and private sector clients solve unique technology challenges, with emphasis in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Jim’s involvement in system design and architecture has provided on the ground opportunities to learn and understand operational strategies in areas including product pricing and rebates, inventory administration, and contract management for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies alike.
Beyond custom solution development, Jim has significant experience in data analytics and reporting, having previously supervised teams of analysts responsible for financial and market analysis at LexisNexis and Waste Connections. Jim attended California State University, Sacramento.
David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
Dr. Norman Thurston, Representative, Utah State Legislature
Director, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health
Before joining the state, Dr. Thurston worked for eight years as an assistant professor of economics at Brigham Young University.
In 2014, Dr. Thurston was elected to the Utah House of Representatives.
Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary and Director of MassHealth
Daniel Tsai is the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth. Tsai was appointed in January 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker to oversee the state’s $15 billion Medicaid program, which covers one in four residents in the Commonwealth. In his role, Tsai is responsible for ensuring a robust and sustainable MassHealth program. That includes developing new policies, payment models, and operational processes that improve the way health care is delivered to 1.8 million low-and moderate-income individuals and individuals with disabilities. Before joining HHS, Tsai was a Partner and leader in McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services practice. He has significant experience on design and implementation of innovative, state-wide health care payment systems for Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial populations, and has worked closely with multiple state Medicaid programs, private payers, and health services companies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University. Assistant Secretary Tsai and his wife live in Cambridge. He volunteers at a local community health center in Boston’s South End.
Joshua Wojcik, Assistant Comptroller, Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller
Jane Horvath, Consultant, Horvath Health Policy
Jane most recently worked as a Senior Policy Fellow at NASHP leading their Center for State Drug Pricing. She continues to work with NASHP and states. Prior to NASHP, Jane most recently worked in the private sector as a consultant to the life sciences industry, foundations, and advocacy organizations. She has held research positions at Johns Hopkins University and MACPAC. Jane spent ten years at Merck working on coverage and reimbursement policies in federal programs. She has worked for the Medicaid Directors, the US Senate Finance Committee, and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (Health) at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
#NASHPCONF18 | August 15-17 | Jacksonville, FL
Below is a full list of the Conference speaker presentations.
- Sandra Robinson
- Daniel Cohen
- Kevin Cranston
- Kristina Larson
- Jacqueline Clymore
- Heather Hauck
- Joseph Kerwin
- Pete Liggett
- David Neff
- Michael Wofford
- Karen Robinson
Thursday Morning Plenary: Understanding the Health Care Cost Conundrum
Session 3: May the (Work) Force Be with You
Session 4: Cha-Ching! Lowering Rx Costs
- Greg Poulsen
- David Seltz
- Erin Taylor
The 2017 Annual State Health Policy Conference saw more than 800 health policy leaders from all 50 states and the District of Columbia convene in Portland!
More than 800 state policymakers and other officials assembled in Portland, OR to explore new ways to improve public health and health care delivery through state innovations at NASHP’s 30th Annual State Health Policy Conference. Speakers discussed the tradeoffs of gaining more flexibility to administer health care programs contrasted with expected decreases in federal funding, new approaches to fighting the opioid epidemic, and how states can control pharmaceutical drug costs.
A special thank you to our 2016 sponsors and exhibitors, and all who attended.