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CHCF, Blue Shield Foundation, DHCS to Host Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Forum
Half-day program will focus on design of next version of state’s DSRIP program

The California HealthCare Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and the California Department of Health Care Services have announced a half-day forum on the future of California’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. The forum brings together experts from California and other states with DSRIP programs to discuss differences in program design, identify lessons learned, and foster new insights and ideas as California designs the next version of its DSRIP program. The forum will be held Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the California State Association of Counties Conference Center, 1020 11th Street, Second floor, in Sacramento. Participants are invited to join in person or via webcast. To register for the event, visit the event registration site.

As part of California’s 1115 Medicaid “Bridge to Reform” Waiver, California created the nation’s first DSRIP program to transform care delivery in public hospital systems to be more integrated and organized, and improve patient health outcomes. California’s DSRIP program provides up to $3.3 billion in federal incentives for public hospital systems to dramatically expand quality improvement initiatives. Since then, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved DSRIP programs in six other states.

Speakers include:

  • William Barcellona, senior vice president for government affairs, California Association of Physician Groups
  • Mitchell H. Katz, MD, director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Neal D. Kohatsu, MD, MPH, medical director, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Billy Millwee, managing principal, Sellers Dorsey; former deputy executive commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; former director, Texas Medicaid
  • Erica Murray, president and CEO, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Kaiser Permanente Southern California; former New York State Commissioner of Health
  • Tom Traylor, vice president, Boston Medical Center; board member, America’s Essential Hospitals

For more information about California’s DSRIP program, visit For more information about California’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver Renewal, visit