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Member Spotlight: Hospice of Cincinnati

The Hospice of Cincinnati (HOC) is a non-profit hospice dedicated to creating the best possible and most meaningful end-of-life experience for those under their care. As the fourth oldest hospice in the nation, HOC is an industry-recognized leader in providing personalized, compassionate, and patient-centered end-of-life care, offering services that range from symptom management to spiritual…

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C-TAC Urges Allies in Congress to Support Independence at Home

This spring, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Independence at Home Act (IAH) of 2017, which would ensure chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries – especially those with advanced illness – receive high-quality, home-based medical care. The current Independence at Home demonstration expires on September 30, 2017 and lawmakers…

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C-TAC Lays Out Case for Advanced Care Reform to HHS Panel

Today, C-TAC met with the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) to lay out the need for advanced care payment reform. C-TAC and this group of payment model experts had a constructive discussion on C-TAC’s Advanced Care Model (ACM). The ACM is an advanced…

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Member Spotlight: Honoring Choices® Massachusetts

Honoring Choices Massachusetts is a consumer focused, nonprofit organization which informs and empowers adults – 18 years and older – to make a personalized health care plan and connect to the best possible care that honors their values and choices throughout their lives. Honoring Choices Massachusetts’ mission is twofold. First, to ensure easy access to…

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PCORI Board Awards Duke University $5.8 Million for Respecting Choices Study

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Board of Governors has awarded almost $74 million in funding for studies that aim to examine and compare the effectiveness of different palliative care delivery strategies. This $26 million grant budget increase reflects the importance of finding strategies for increasing the rate of advance care planning and improving care…

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C-TAC Releases the Serious Illness Program Design and Implementation Framework

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Illness Care (C-TAC) published a report on the Serious Illness Program Design and Implementation Framework (SIP Framework). Built on available evidence and extant best practices, the Framework offers a flexible tool for care providers to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of serious illness care programs. Incrementally developed over several…

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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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