Karla Wood 
University of California, Office of the President 
(510) 287-3878 


Friday March 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST

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University of California Center Sacramento 
1130 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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What can California Learn from Massachusetts as Health Care Reform Implementation Continues: A conversation with leaders from Massachusetts and California


 Questions from Attendees

Moderated by: Garen Corbett, MS, Executive Director, California Health Benefits Review Program 


9:00am – 11:30am

University of California Center

1130 K Street, Sacramento,  CA

As California continues on the path of health care reform implementation and considers next steps, new challenges and opportunities will arise. This free event will provide an opportunity for California policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders to learn from the experiences of Massachusetts – the state that led the country in health care reform.

  • How were implementation challenges addressed?
  • What drove recent legislation focused on cost containment and how effective has that been?
  • What approach did the state take to insure network adequacy?

In an interactive session, speakers from Massachusetts and California will tackle these questions and others, including those raised by attendees. 

California speakers:

Jennifer Kent, Director, California Department of Health Care Services; Neal D. Kohatsu, Medical Director, California Department of Health Care Services; and Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access.

Massachusetts speakers:

Michael Doonan, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor and MPP Program Director, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Michael Doonan is an assistant professor at the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. He is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, and Director of the Council for Health Care Economics and Policy. His research and publications focus on issues related to access to health care, Medicaid, SCHIP, federal/state relations, prescription drugs, public health, and the economics of health system change.

Dolores Mitchell, Executive Director, Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission
The Group Insurance Commission provides health, dental, and vision services to the Commonwealth's employees, retirees, and their dependents. Mrs. Mitchell has led the Commission since 1987. She is a member of the Massachusetts Health Care Connector Authority, the Massachusetts Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC), and currently is President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Board of Directors.

Dana Gelb Safran, ScD, Senior Vice President for Performance Measurement and Improvement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)
Dana Gelb Safran leads BCBSMA’s initiatives to measure and improve healthcare quality, safety and outcomes. Dr. Safran’s advisory roles on national and local quality measurement include work with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC).

David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
David Seltz is the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, which aims to modernize health care payment and delivery models to establish a more accountable, affordable system. Prior to this role, Mr. Seltz was the chief health care advisor for Senate President Therese Murray and then served as the Special Advisor on health care for Governor Deval Patrick (MA).

For more information, please contact:

Karla Wood

Phone 510-287-3878


Sponsored by the University of Davis (UCD) Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, the UCD Poverty Research Center, the UC Center Sacramento, and the UC Office of the President