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CMS Publishes Final MACRA Quality Payment Program Rule

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published their final Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP) Rule, a value-based payment system under which eligible clinicians can participate in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The final version of…

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Member Spotlight: Trillium Institute

Holland Home is the largest provider of elder care services in Michigan, serving more than four-thousand patients every day. It is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization, and in 2017 celebrated its 125th year of service. Aside from maintaining living facilities for the elder population, Holland Home also manages a wide healthcare portfolio, including a multi-county home…

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C-TAC Submits Updated Payment Proposal to HHS

In September, C-TAC met with an expert committee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) to discuss our Advanced Care Model (ACM). From HHS’ thoughtful feedback, C-TAC is excited to submit a new version of our model with additional input from our members, experts in the field, other stakeholders, and consumers. The…

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C-TAC Announces National Summit Award Recipients

C-TAC is proud to announce this year’s Founders and Campaign Leadership award recipients. These inaugural awards will be accepted by Michael Peterson, President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, on behalf of Pete and the Foundation, and Patrick Conway, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Progress in the advanced care movement…

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C-TAC Submits Comments on HHS Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022

This week, C-TAC submitted the following comments on the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022: Consumer decision-making – We support the Department’s strategy to strengthen informed consumer decision-making as it is the foundation of person-centered care. C-TAC also supports HHS’s plan to test new payment models and urges…

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A Good Match: Seniors Housing & Care and the Movement to Transform Advanced Illness Care

One reason why the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) continues to successfully achieve its mission is the diversity of its membership. Strong coalitions unite groups across a variety of disciplines to achieve common goals.  C-TAC unites physicians, nurses, patient advocate groups and faith-based communities on behalf of people to broaden access to palliative and…

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C-TAC Summit is Just One Month Away!

With a month to go until the 2017 National Summit, be sure to check out our interactive breakout sessions on a variety of topics in advanced illness care. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage directly with stakeholders and experts, and gain a deeper understanding of some of the most important issues in…

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C-TAC Plays Hello at Planetree 2017

At the recent Planetree International Conference on Patient Centered Care, C-TAC sponsored a round of the advance care planning game “Hello”. The game was developed by C-TAC member Common Practice, a Philadelphia-based company that designs practical tools to make end-of-life conversations accessible to everyone. This year, in honor of National Health Care Decisions Day, Common…

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C-TAC Co-Founder Honored for Transforming Advanced Care Movement

C-TAC co-founder BIll Novelli will be honored at Capital Caring‘s 40th anniversary Passion for Caring Gala on November 11. Novelli will be presented with the Passion for Caring Award for his efforts in reforming advanced illness and end-of-life care by empowering individuals and families across the country. Currently a professor of the McDonough School of Business at…

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C-TAC Pushes CMS in Rule Making Process

Throughout the Summer of 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued several rules that potentially involved care for those living with advanced illness. As noted in previous member alerts, C-TAC submitted comments on several of them with suggestions for ways they could further improve advanced illness care. In publishing the final version of…

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