Program Tracks & Presentations


12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Exhibitor Registration and Move-in
  Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Registration
  Grand Registration 
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM MHPA Board of Directors Meeting
  Meeting Room 2
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
  Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Health Plan CEO Reception & Dinner


7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration & Exhibit Hall
  Grand Registration & Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Networking Breakfast
  Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome and Opening General Session
  Navigating Change: The Future of Medicaid
  Presented by: John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  Renaissance Ballroom
9:45 AM – 10:40 AM Break-out Workshops
  INNOVATION - Caring for Patients with Complex Behavioral Health and Medical Needs, 
  Presented by: Lisa Strouss, PharmD, Director, Field Medical, ODH, Inc., Toby Pina, LCSW, Clinical Director, Cenpatico Behavioral Health, LLC, Sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc.
  Congressional Hall A
  POLICY - Sustainable Digital Outreach Begins with Early Indications of Success, Sponsored by HealthCrowd
  Presented by: Jacqueline Collins, RN, CPHQ, Senior Director, Healthcare Quality, Aetna
  Congressional Hall B
  OPERATIONS - Putting the Breaks on the Opioid Epidemic in Medicaid
  Presented by: Snezana Mahon, PharmD, VP Product Development, Customer and Physician Solutions, Express Scripts
  Congressional Hall C
10:40 AM – 10:55 AM Refreshment Break
  Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
10:55 AM – 11:50 AM Break-out Workshops
  INNOVATION - Diabetes Management: How an Integrated Care Model Drives Adherence & Health Behavior Change, Sponsored by Centene Corporation
  Presented by: Jeremy Corbett, MD, Chief Science and Product Officer, Envolve Health, Envolve PeopleCare division, Jill Scullion, OD, Director, Business Development and Provider Experience, Envolve Health, Envolve Benefit Options -Vision division, Cathi Misquitta, Pharm.D, Vice President, Clinical Pharmacy Solutions, Envolve Health, Envolve Pharmacy Solutions division, Michael Todaro, Vice President, Pharmacy Operations, Magnolia Health Plan
  Congressional Hall A
  POLICY - State Waivers: Multifaceted Tools for Reform
  Presented by: Vernon Smith, PhD, Senior Advisor, Health Management Associates, Catherine Anderson, Vice President, Health Care Policy, United Healthcare – Community & State, Alexander Shekhdar, Vice President, State and Federal Policy, Medicaid Health Plans of America and Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
  Congressional Hall B
  OPERATIONS - Utilizing Child First - A Game Changer that Empowers, Involves and Motivates Change for Young Children and Families
  Presented by: Kimberly Greer, PhD, Senior Staff Psychologist and Clinical Consultant, Trillium Health Resources, Cindy Ehlers, Vice President, Operations, Trillium Health Resources, Darcy Lowell, MD, CEO, Founder, Developer, Child First, Fonda Gonzales, MS, LPC, NCC, Project Manager, Child First, and Ryan Estes, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, Program Director, Coastal Horizons
  Congressional Hall C
11:50 AM – 12:05 PM Refreshment Break
  Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
12:05 PM – 1:20 PM Institute for Medicaid Innovation Best Practices Awards Luncheon
  Renaissance Ballroom

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s annual best practices awards program recognizes Medicaid health plans that have demonstrated innovative and effective approaches to providing services to Medicaid beneficiaries and communities. The winners, selected from submissions to our Best Practices Compendium, will be recognized for innovation in the following best practice categories:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Long-Term Care and Transitions of Care
  • Children’s Health
  • Oral Health
1:35 PM – 2:30 PM Break-out Workshops
  INNOVATIONS - Team-Based Care, a New Paradigm
  Presented by: Glenn Goldis, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kern Medical,  James Schuster, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid and Behavioral Services, and VP, Behavioral Integration, UPMC Insurance Division, Russell Judd, President, Meridian Healthcare Partners, Renee Villanueva, Meridian Healthcare Partners
  Congressional Hall A
  POLICY - Seniors and the Coming Silver Tsunami in Medicaid, Sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc.
  Presented by: Michael Schrader, CEO, CalOptima, Toby Douglas, Senior Vice President, Medicaid Solutions, Centene Corporation, John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan and Cheryl Phillips, President and CEO, Special Needs Alliance
  Congressional Hall B
  OPERATIONS - Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: Policy and Program Solutions
  Presented by: Rebecca Klein, Director, Government Affairs, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Pamela Greenberg, MPP, President and CEO, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness and Brad Lucas, MD, Senior Medical Director, Buckeye Health Plan, Ross Hoffman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Envolve Health, Envolve Pharmacy Solutions
  Congressional Hall C
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Refreshment Break
  Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)
2:45 PM – 3:40 PM Break-out Workshops
  INNOVATION - Using Pharmacists to Improve Health Outcomes: A Case Study in Maternal and Infant Health 
  Presented by: David R. Bright, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Ferris State University, David Hartzell, PharmD, MHA, BC-ADM, Director, Clinical Initiatives, CareSource, Krystalyn Weaver, PharmD, Vice President of Policy and Operations, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA).
  Congressional Hall A
  POLICY - Innovation in Supporting Members with Uncontrolled Diabetes: The Impact of a Home-delivered Meal Program, Sponsored by PurFoods
  Presented by: Keith Maccannon, Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Outreach, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia, Catherine Macpherson, Chief Nutrition Officer & Vice President of Product Strategy and Development, PurFoods/Mom’s Meals, Gail Nunlee-Bland, Chief of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Treatment Center, Howard University Hospital and Karen Jackson, Member, AmeriHealth DC.
  Congressional Hall B
  OPERATIONS - Provider- Data Accuracy: Taking Action
  Presented by: Krista Lehm, MBA, Director, Delivery System Support, Cigna-HealthSpring, Atul Pathiyal, Managing Director, Stratgey, CAQH
  Congressional Hall C
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM General Session
  “A Meeting of the Minds - A Discussion with MHPA Health Plan CEOs"
  Presented by: Toby Douglas, Senior Vice President, Medicaid Solutions, Centene Corporation, Michael Schrader, CEO, CalOptima, Richard Topping, CEO, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
  Moderated by: Erhardt H.L. Preitauer, President and CEO, Horizon NJ Health
  Renaissance Ballroom
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Health Plan Leadership Appreciation Dinner
  Renaissance Ballroom


7:00 AM – 11:30 PM Registration/Exhibit Hall

Grand Registration/Exhibit Hall (Grand Ballroom)

Networking Breakfast (7:00 - 8:00 AM): Exhibit Hall

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Day 2 Opening General Session - Navigating the State of Medicaid

Presented by: Ari Gottlieb, Director, PwC

Renaissance Ballroom

9:15 AM – 10:10 AM Break-out Workshops
  INNOVATION - The Intersection Between Health & Housing: Social Determinants of Health
  Presented by: Robin Hyerstay, Vice President, Capital Markets, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., Krista Egger, Director of Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners, Jenny Ismert, Vice President, Health Policy, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
  Congressional Hall A
  Congressional Hall B
  OPERATIONS - Examining Trends and Winning Strategies in MCO Procurements
  Presented by: Michael Lutz, Vice President, Avalere Health, Joel Menges, CEO, The Menges Group, Alexander Shekhdar, Vice President, State and Federal Policy, MHPA
  Congressional Hall C
10:25 AM – 11:20 AM Break-out Workshops
  INNOVATION - How is the US Managing Children with Developmental Disorders: Deep Dive into Cerebral Palsy
  Presented by: Bruce S. Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, Principal, Consulting Actuary, Milliman Inc.
  Congressional Hall A
  POLICY - Achieving Better Health, Access & Value: Advantage Dental Care
  Presented by: R. Mike Shirtcliff, DMD, President & CEO, Advantage Dental, and Natalia Chalmers, DDS, PhD, Director, Analytics & Publication, DentaQuest
  Congressional Hall B
  OPERATIONS - Exercising Administrative Authority: Revisiting the Medicaid Managed Care Rule and Prospective Regulatory Action
  Presented by: Alexander Shekhdar, Vice President, State and Federal Policy, MHPA, James Golden, PhD, Director, Division of Managed Care Plans, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  Congressional Hall C
11:20 AM – 11:35 AM Refreshment Break
  Exhibit Hall
11:35 AM – 12:35 PM Closing General Session: “A Continuing Discussion with State Medicaid Directors”, Sponsored by DentaQuest

Cynthia Jones, Director, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, Chris Priest, Medicaid Director, Michigan Medical Services Administration, Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary, North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance 

Moderated by -  Clay Farris, Senior Healthcare Executive, Mostly Medicaid

Renaissance Ballroom