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Today, C-TAC participated in the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Washington, DC Roundtable on the need for reform in advanced illness and end-of-life care. The event was organized around topics in the Spring Issue of Generations Magazine, which C-TAC guested edited.
- Barbara Hoenig, Senior Consultant, CVS Health
- Bill Novelli, Co-Chair, C-TAC
- Bob Stein, President and CEO, ASA
- Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP
- Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Advisor, C-TAC
- Patricia Bomba, MD, Vice President, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
- Malene Davis, CEO, Capital Caring
- Helen Burstin, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, National Quality Forum.
Panelists discussed regional differences in end-of-life care, the value and limits of the Medicare hospice benefit, the disproportionate growth in cost of routine hospitalizations, the lack of incentives for providers to deliver high-quality, person-centered value over volume, and how to make end-of-life issues part of the national conversation on healthcare. The panel further emphasized the need for increased education on end-of-life issues, particularly in medical schools, social work programs, and theological schools.
Finally, panelists commented extensively on quality measures themselves, namely that they need to be outcome-oriented, actionable, reflective of an integrated and holistic view of care and, most importantly, meaningful to the person undergoing care.
The event closed on a personal note from Raca Banerjee, one of the guest editors of the edition. She urged attendees to recognize that everyone has a story related to end-of-life care, and that by opening-up and sharing our narratives, we drive forward the movement to transform care by encouraging others to do the same.