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Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Next Wave of Health Care Reform

The Next Wave of Health Care Reform: Delivery System Transformation

Were you there? If not, you missed an informative and lively event!

More than 200 people attended HPA’s 2014 Annual Conference on November 20th—an informative one day event looking at ongoing efforts to reshape the health care delivery in New York and across the nation.

If you weren’t there, here are some highlights from the conference that you missed:

  • NCQA’s Margaret O’Kane, who kicked off the day, told people that “collaboration is critical” for system reform.
  • Courtney Burke, Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Health, noted “we’re all accountable” when it comes to improving outcomes.
  • Melinda Abrams from the Commonwealth Fund said “System reform is messy …but in the end is important to do.”
  • NY Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson told the audience that through reform, “we can reduce costs and improve quality.”
  • A panel of antitrust experts looked at  the issue of collaboration without crossing the antitrust line.
  • NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore highlighted changes to New York’s marketplace, including easier shopping and new tools to help consumers compare plan options.
  • Looking at the role health care played in this year’s elections, Bob Bellafiore from Capitol Tonight’s “Insiders” concluded that “health care is complicated and doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker.”

Thanks to all who made the day a success. Hope to see everyone at the 2015 Annual Conference!

 “Quality Care and the Empire State”

Margaret E. O’Kane is President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization that improves health care quality through measurement, transparency and accountability. Ms. O’Kane has served as co-chair of the National Priorities Partnership and is a board member of the Foundation for Informed Decision Making and the American Board of Medical Specialties. She was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 1999 and received the 2009 Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care. She received the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership in 2012. Modern Healthcare has named O’Kane one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare three times, most recently in 2013. A master’s degree holder in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, Ms. O’Kane is a recipient of that university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Medical and Pharmacy Directors’ Breakfast

William Henderson, SVP Data Analysis and Research, NIA Magellan

Opening Remarks

Courtney Burke, Deputy Secretary for Health, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

From SHIP to DSRIP-Reforming New York’s Delivery System

Moderator: Michelle Marto, VP for Government Affairs, United Health Group
Panelists: Melinda K. Abrams, M.S., Vice President for Government Affairs, Commonwealth Fund Health Care Delivery System Reform Program; Jason A. Helgerson, Medicaid Director/New York State, Deputy Commissioner/New York State Office of Health Insurance Programs

Lunch Speaker

Donna Frescatore, Executive Director, NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace

Collaborating Without Crossing the Line

Moderator: Harold N. Iselin, Esq., Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Panelists: Alexis James Gilman, Esq., Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig; Elinor R. Hoffmann, Esq., Deputy Bureau Chief, Antitrust Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General; Mark Thomas, Esq., General Counsel, Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Red State, Blue State-How Health Care Played From Potsdam to Peoria

Moderator: Elizabeth Benjamin, Reporter/NY1 and Time Warner Cable News; Editor-in-Chief/”State of Politics;” Host/Capital Tonight
Panelists: Steven A. Greenberg, Greenberg Public Relations; Robert Bellafiore, Stanhope Partners

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We would like to THANK the organizations and companies that have generously supported this conference:

Beacon LogoPreconference Reception Sponsor

Beacon Health Strategies


Magellan LogoMedical and Pharmacy Director Breakfast Sponsor

NIA Magellan



2014 nyhpa conference program

The Next Wave of Health Care Reform: Delivery System Transformation

“In April 2014, New York State and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) signed a new Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) waiver. The chief goal of the waiver is to transform the state’s health care delivery system by creating platforms for developing an integrated delivery system. The waiver puts an emphasis on restructuring the health care safety-net and improving quality outcomes. While we all agree with these goals, concerns exist about implementation of this ambitious program. The success of this program will depend upon collaborations among a broad array of providers and others working together to achieve these goals.”

NYHPA 2015 Conference

We hope you were able to join us at the 2015 Annual Conference. We hosted more than 200 people who were in attendance on November 19th at the Albany Marriott Hotel as well as 40 exhibitors who were there to share new products and ideas.

If you weren’t there, here are some highlights from the conference. Thanks to all who made the day a success, and we hope to see everyone at the NYHPA 2016 Annual Conference!

Welcome - 2015 NYHPA Conference
Paul F. Macielak, Esq., NYHPA President & CEO, and Robert R. Hinckley, NYHPA Chairperson/Board of Directors, Senior VP Strategy and Communications, Chief Strategy Officer, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan.

“How Good is Our ‘Triple Aim’?”

Alan R. Weil

We were pleased to have Alan R. Weil present the Keynote Address this year. Mr. Weil is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change and is the nation’s leading journal at the intersection of health, health care and policy.

Opening Remarks

Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Luncheon Speaker

Cultivating New “Social Skills:” Harnessing Social Media for Health Plan Transformation

Mandi Bishop, Analytics Practice Lead, Dell Health Plan Innovation & Consulting

Mandi Bishop - 2015 NYHPA Conference

Dealing with DSRIP and SHIP: Plan Approaches to Payment Reform

Moderator: Laurel Pickering, MPH, President and CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health
Panelists: Denise V. Gonick, Esq., President and CEO, MVP Health Care; DeWayne Hiebert, Executive Director, Strategy and Operations, Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, East Region; Pat Wang, CEO, Healthfirst

2015 NYHPA Conference


Customer Centric Care: Creating Consumer Value in the Health Plan Setting

Moderator: Peter Newell, Director, Health Insurance Project, United Hospital Fund
Panelists: Brett Edelson, Vice President, Product, UnitedHealthcare; Edward Segel, Vice President, Product, Oscar Health Insurance

2015 NYHPA Conference

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A big THANK YOU to our Sponsors and Exhibitors for making the 2015 NYHPA Annual Conference a HUGE success! All sponsor and exhibitor spots were sold out for this year and unfortunately, for that reason, we had to turn some away.

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

Diamond Sponsors

Pre-Conference Reception Sponsor—Beacon Health Strategies

Pre-Conference Dinner Sponsor and Conference Tote Bag—Magellan Health Services

Conference Breakfast Sponsor—Premier Home Health Care Services, Inc.

Conference Luncheon Sponsor—CareCentrix

Platinum Exhibitors

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)

eClinical Works

Envolve (sponsor of Beverage Center #2)

The Execu-Search Group



Gold Exhibitors

Alkermes, Inc.



Health Information Designs

Indivior Inc.

MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.



ProCare Rx



ZOLL Services, LLC

Silver Exhibitors



Avanti Health Care Services (sponsor of Beverage Center #1)


Healthcare Financial, Inc. (sponsor of the Conference Folder)

HealthPlex, Inc.

LDR Spine

LIBERTY Dental Plan

Lumara Health

Merck Inc.

Mom’s Meals Nourish Care

MTM, Inc.


Quest Analytics



Superior Vision

2015 Conference Program Cover

The Challenge of Change: Health Plan Innovation in a New Health Care Marketplace

“Welcome to the New York Health Plan Association’s (HPA) 2015 Annual Conference, “The Challenge of Change: Health Plan Innovation in a New Health Care Marketplace.” Today’s conference will highlight some of the most innovative approaches health plans in New York have taken to advance quality of care and efficiency for their members. From pioneering payment reform strategies and consumer engagement initiatives, health plans have been challenged to realign how health care is delivered and paid for. Today’s speakers will share their insights into the challenges and opportunities health plans face, how they are tackling these situations, and what they have learned so far. Our goal is that attendees will discover how these lessons might apply in their own companies as well as how they could enhance collaborative efforts across the health care system.”

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