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Member Spotlight: Curadux

Curadux is the result of a life-threatening illness that founder David L. Brown, MD, underwent at age 62. Lacking decision-making capacity while suffering multi-organ failure from the Epstein Barr virus, he spent the better part of a month unconscious in an intensive care unit in 2012, leaving decisions to his wife and family. After recovering…

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ACP Billing Code Utilization Doubles from Prior Year

CMS data for the first half of calendar year 2017 shows that the Advance Care Planning (ACP) billing code utilization continues to rise and provide needed benefits to Medicare beneficiaries. This is the second year of data for these codes and it shows significant increases compared to the same period in 2016.  For the January-June…

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C-TAC’s 2017 Annual Report Now Available

C-TAC is excited to release our 2017 Annual Report, which offers a look back at a historic year in the advanced illness care movement. Highlights include: In June, C-TAC launched the Campaign to Transform Advanced Care, a national movement built on policy change, state and community organizing, and support for family caregivers. We developed a…

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C-TAC Submit NCQA Comments on Potential New Measures

C-TAC recently submitted comments to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on potential new measures. The measures were part of HEDIS, a set of standardized performance measures designed to ensure that purchasers and consumers can reliably compare the performance of health plans. It also serves as a model for emerging systems of performance measurement…

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C-TAC Welcomes Lucy Kalanithi and BJ Miller to the Board

C-TAC is excited to announce that Drs. BJ Miller and Lucy Kalanithi, both longtime champions of people living with advanced illness, have joined our board of directors. Lucy and BJ combine powerful personal narratives with years of experience in healthcare. They will help guide C-TAC as we accelerate the movement to transform advanced care. Dr.…

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C-TAC Submits MA Call Notice Comments

C-TAC submitted comments to CMS this week on their 2019 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D draft call letter. Several areas were of great importance to those living with advanced illness. We were supportive of the following: Risk adjustment model – We recommended that two additional diagnoses be considered: Dementia with complications and Dementia without…

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Decision Memo for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Today, CMS released the final decision memo on Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and it included a provision about the shared decision-making (SDM) process that C-TAC advocated for in our comments. C-TAC supported requiring a SDM interaction prior to ICD implantation for certain patients because patients are often confused about the purpose and nature of these…

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Member Spotlight: Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice (NAH) is the oldest not-for-profit hospice in Southern Nevada and provides hospice and palliative care to more than 350 patients each day. In addition to two inpatient units and its home care program, NAH offers care to residents of Pahrump and nearby communities. Nathan Adelson Hospice is the first organization in Southern…

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Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Letter Sent to New HHS Secretary

A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The letter from Senators Isakson (R-GA) and Warner (D-VA) and Representatives Roe (R-TN) and Blumenauer (D-OR) urges the department to move quickly on establishing an advanced illness care demonstration and further quality measure development as illustrated in…

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