The Center for Health Care Management and Policy    

Orange County's Health Care Safety Net: A Public-Private Partnership


This program is presented by the Center for Health Care Management and Policy at
The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine, and generously supported by Kaiser Permanente.


Keynote Speaker

Michael Schrader, CEO, CalOptima



Friday, June 5, 2015 

8:00 - 10:15 a.m.


University Club, UC Irvine Campus

(Parking is Complimentary)



Orange County is unique compared with other large counties in California because it does not have a public delivery system as its health care safety net. Instead, Orange County has a locally governed system that partners a public agency with private health care providers to deliver coordinated care for low-income children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities. Michael Schrader is the CEO of CalOptima, Orange County’s $3 billion Medi-Cal managed care plan that serves more than 700,000 members. In his presentation, Mr. Schrader will describe the unique relationship that CalOptima has with providers, discuss Medi-Cal and Medicare funding for various providers, and explain the key role providers have in ensuring that Orange County’s vulnerable population has access to quality health care services.






8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet and Registration

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Speaker Presentations and Q&A

10:15 a.m.

Program End





General Admission

$50 per person

UCI Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Executive
Program Students

$40 per person



About the Health Care Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Program offers an annual series of lectures featuring prominent policy-makers, scholars, journalists, and other opinion leaders who address some of the most pressing issues in health care today.

This lecture series was launched in 2001 with Paul Ellwood, MD – the “father of HMOs” and instrumental in forming federal health policy and reforming private sector systems – asking a provocative question: “Does managed care need to be replaced?” In subsequent years, industry leaders such as John Wennberg, MD, director of the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at the Dartmouth Medical School, John Calfee, PhD, resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, and Robert Moffit, PhD, director of Domestic Policy Studies for the Heritage Foundation joined the list of prominent speakers at this coveted event.

Previous topics of discussion include:


  • Unwarranted Variations in Health Care Delivery: What’s going on in southern California?
  • Targeted Therapeutics – How Biotechnology Innovations Affect the Cost of Care and Competition Among Firms Marketing Pioneer Drugs
  • State Health Reform: Revolutionary Possibilities
  • California's Health Benefits Exchange - Is It Ready for Prime Time?
  • Price Transparency: Where We Are, Where We Are  Headed, and What Is In The Way
  • The ACA in 2015 and Beyond: What the Mid-Term Election Will Mean for Health Care Reform
The series attracts health care industry leaders, alumni, faculty and students, among others. Attendees have an opportunity to network and meet the speakers at post-event receptions.

This program is presented by the Center for Health Care Management and Policy at The Paul Merage School
of Business, UC Irvine.


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