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The Confusing Language Around Advance Care Planning

For people living with an advanced illness, some of their most important health decisions will come when they are not capable of participating. In nearly half of these instances, people rely on those closest to them to make decisions on their behalf. When there has been no prior planning, even close family members are no…

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Member Spotlight: GAPNA

In 1981, a group of gerontological nurse practitioners founded the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) to represent the interests of all advanced practice nurses who work with older adults and to provide them with continuing education across the care continuum, including primary, acute, post-acute and long term settings. The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association‘s…

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Use of Billing Codes for Advance Care Planning Exceeds Projections

New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed that more than 570,000 beneficiaries, roughly 1% of the Medicare population, made use of advance care planning appointments in 2016, the first year such services were billable. This exceeded the American Medical Association’s projections by almost 100%. We are encouraged by these numbers. Earlier…

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C-TAC to Develop Best Practices from Blue Shield of California’s Home-Based Palliative Care Program

C-TAC has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant by the Stupski Foundation to study Blue Shield of California’s home based-palliative care in the San Francisco Bay Area and develop guidelines, tools, and best practices for payers interested in adopting similar models of care. This program is a unique collaboration of the health plan’s Accountable Care…

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Member Spotlight: Capital Caring

Founded in 1977, Capital Caring is a regional non-profit hospice group that has helped nearly 110,000 patients and families across Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, DC make the most of every moment by way of holistic, personalized care. Capital Caring also helps people navigate complicated care decisions, offers counseling for those whose family members…

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C-TAC Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Medicare Beneficiaries’ Healthcare Decisions

Today, champions of advanced illness care reform introduced a bipartisan and bicameral bill that promotes innovative utilization of advance directives and encourages Medicare beneficiaries to express end of life care wishes. The Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act, introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Michael Bennet (D-CO)…

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C-TAC Launches Campaign to Transform Advanced Care

Today, C-TAC held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce its new initiative to accelerate the movement for advanced illness care reform: The Campaign to Transform Advanced Care. Nancy LeaMond, Dr. Jay Bhatt, and Jackie Judd discuss National Leadership in the Movement The Campaign aims to deliver high-quality, person-centered advanced illness care…

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C-TAC Releases Preliminary Serious Illness Care Framework at the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law

Today, the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy, a collaboration between C-TAC and Harvard Law’s Petrie-Flom Center, held a working session to showcase a preliminary Serious Illness Care Model Implementation Framework designed to help build better serious illness care programs. The working session was an opportunity for an expert group of stakeholders to provide…

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C-TAC Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan, Bicameral “Patient Choice and Quality Care Act of 2017”

Ziya Smallens Media Contact: 202-909-2869 | zsmallens@thectac.org   June 12, 2017   Today, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) applauded the introduction of the Patient Choice and Quality Care of Act of 2017 (PCQCA) by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Susan Collins (R-ME) and…

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C-TAC Submits LTCH PPS Rule Comments

Today, C-TAC submitted its comments on the  Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS) and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2018 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers proposed rule. In our comments, we voiced strong support for the…

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