Embassy Suites Downtown-Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
Thursday, May 17, 2018
9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Event Overview: Our industry is moving aggressively from fee-for-service to risk-based payment models. Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are particularly in focus, as they are among the top three most costly conditions for specialty drugs. Specialty drug spend is expected to more than quadruple by 2020, presenting tremendous cost challenges for employers, payers, providers and patients. As value-based reimbursement is implemented to address this, we must adapt quickly to the future of tying cost to quality for improvement and accountability.

You are invited to join us, as we discuss current challenges and opportunities, as well as what we must do to prepare for and help shape these new payment models.

This WRA Payer Forum Event represents the capstone to our Washington Learning Collaborative Initiative. Join rheumatologists and their administrators, as well as primary care and insurance representatives, for what will be very productive and informative day in Seattle. Rheumatology is paving the way in managing the right care for the right patient, with the right treatment, at the right time. It’s time to demonstrate value together!

We encourage rheumatologists and their practice employees along with insurance company representatives, pharmaceutical companies and health system administrators to attend this exciting event which represents the capstone to our 2017-18 Learning Collaborative. The Learning Collaborative participating practices will be honored for their work and will have the opportunity to report on the impact of the Collaborative. The luncheon program will engage a variety of stakeholders in conversation around implications and applications of the Collaborative results.

Payer Forum Agenda

9:15 a.m.
Introductions and welcome, Jeff Peterson, MD, President WRA

9:30 a.m.
Featured presenter: Nancy Giunto, Executive Director, Washington Health Alliance

10:00 a.m.
WRA Learning Collaborative recap & recognition of participating practices
and industry supporters

10:30 a.m.
Break for refreshments and networking

10:45 a.m.
WRA payer performance survey results and moderated panel discussion.
Panelists will include: Paul Yoon, Specialty Pharmacy Manager, Kaiser Permanente Washington; Dennis Hagemann of Hagemann Healthcare Consulting – former Director of Strategic Programs and Contract Initiatives, Premera Blue Cross; Keith Smith, Aetna and Dick Whitten, MD, Medi cal Director, Noridian.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Featured Presenter: Dr. Dick Whitten, Medical Director, CMS Noridian

12:45 p.m.
Featured Presenter: DJ Wilson, President/CEO, State of Reform, Health Policy Conference

1:30 p.m.
Roundtable discussions including payers, healthcare providers and other stakeholders

2:30 p.m.
Summary and adjournment

WRA 2018 Payer Forum Agenda

To help us plan, please pre-register by May 13, 2018.

Cost to attend:

  • WRA member physicians and their practice employees: free of charge
  • WRA members-in-training: free of charge
  • Primary care providers and their practice employees: $25 per person
  • Out of State and non-member physicians and their practice employees:  $25 per person
  • Industry representatives may be included as part of an exhibitor package or they may register individually at $100 per person.

If you are not sure about your registration category, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to help.

For more information or for questions, please contact Debra Alderman, WRA Executive Director at 206-956-3650 or email: debra@wsma.org

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Industry participation:

There will be space in the exhibit hall for companies to create displays and to engage in conversation with physicians and practice managers.

In addition, industry reps will have the opportunity to attend the luncheon and use this as an opportunity to show your support of the important work WRA is doing and for the physicians and practice employees who have participated in the Learning Collaborative program during 2017-18.  The number of tickets your company receives will depend on your exhibitor level.  Additional tickets will be available for purchase.

Industry supporter prospectus

Exhibitor-sponsor registration form

Thank you to the generous support of industry for helping to make this event and the 2017-18 WRA Learning Collaborative possible! 

Payer Forum Event Premier Sponsor:

Learning Collaborative Sponsors:
Myriad Genetics

Payer Forum Event Exhibitors:
In addition to the companies listed above, the following companies will be participating as exhibitors at the event on May 17: