More Gain, Less Pain: Managing Pain without Opioids and Managing Opioid Addiction

Friday, August 17th
10:15am – 11:45am

Pain treatment significantly affects the American health system, with nearly 25.3 million adults experiencing chronic pain. Medicaid populations are prescribed opioid painkillers at twice the rate of non-Medicaid populations and are three- to six-times more likely to experience an overdose. But, the impact of opioids goes beyond the Medicaid population. This session highlights innovative state strategies to encourage alternative therapies for managing chronic pain and reviews treatment approaches for individuals with substance use disorders. Speakers discuss state efforts to promote utilization of and access to collaborative care and complementary and alternative medicine.


Jason McGill, Sr. Health Policy Advisor, Washington State Office of Governor Jay Inslee

Jason serves as Sr. Health Policy Advisor for Governor Jay Inslee. He helps lead the Governor’s health strategic vision, goals and policy initiatives. In this role, he serves as a liaison to state agencies, stakeholders and the health and health care community at large. He has a deep interest in evidence based medicine and population health and health systems improvement. He previously served in a similar position for former Governor Chris Gregoire’s Executive Policy Office. He is a lifelong Washingtonian and earned both a business and law degree, with a focus in health law, and later earned an executive management certificate. Jason worked in private law practice for several years before joining the Attorney General’s Office where he was lead counsel and represented the health care related programs of a major state agency. He lives in Olympia with his family, including a couple of the members of the #HealthiestNextGen.


Jodi Manz, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Office of Governor Ralph Northam

Jodi Manz, MSW serves as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources for Virginia in the administration of Governor Ralph Northam. She supports the Governor and Secretary on the development of legislative, budget, and policy initiatives, particularly those regarding Virginia’s opioid overdose and addiction crisis. Previously, she served as Assistant Secretary and as Policy Advisor for Health and Human Resources under former Governor Terry McAuliffe.



Gary Franklin, Research Professor/Medical Director, University of Washington/Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Dr. Franklin has served as the Medical Director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) from 1988 to the present, and has more than a 25-year history of developing and administering workers’ compensation health care policy and conducting outcomes research. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), as well as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Health Services, at the University of Washington (UW). He has served as Director or Co-Director of the NIOSH-funded ERC Occupational Health Services Research training program since its inception.
Dr. Franklin is also Director of the Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program at the UW, which is the most productive program of its kind in the U.S. This program houses and facilitates primary research as well as the secondary use of workers’ compensation data in order to improve medical care and reduce the disability related to occupational injuries and illnesses.


Victor Wu, Chief Medical Officer, Division of TennCare

Victor is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the TN Health Care Finance and Administration and Bureau of TennCare, the state’s Medicaid Agency. At TennCare, Victor leads the medical office to ensure quality and effective delivery of medical, pharmacy, and dental services to its members. He also supports payment reform and practice transformation initiatives across the agency. Prior to joining TennCare, Victor worked at Evolent Health as Vice President for Clinical Transformation and Medicaid Strategies where he led provider groups and health systems to implement value based population health redesign. In 2013, Victor served as a White House Fellow to the Secretary of Health and Human Services working on ACA implementation, delivery system reform, and addressing social determinants of health. Victor is a board certified Internist who completed his Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency and Chief Medical Residency at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital. He practices clinically as an internist in the Veteran’s Affairs Health System.