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How MACRA is Changing Advanced Illness Care

An important piece of legislation for advanced illness care went into effect this year. The Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repealed the previous Sustainable Growth Rate, which was a problematic way payments to Medicare providers were to be adjusted annually. MACRA changed all that and began to tie…

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C-TAC Applauds CMS for Historic Decision to Reimburse for Advance Care Planning in Physician Fee Schedule (PFS)

  October 30th, 2015   C-TAC Applauds CMS for Historic Decision to Reimburse for Advance Care Planning in Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Washington, D.C.- Today, CMS released the final 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that includes the historic reimbursement for two CPT codes to reimburse for advance care planning. C-TAC commends the Administration for funding…

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FROM STATUS QUO TO ACTION ON ADVANCED ILLNESS CARE: C-TAC publishes new book to improve care for seriously ill in America

FROM STATUS QUO TO ACTION ON ADVANCED ILLNESS CARE C-TAC publishes new book to improve care for seriously ill in America For Immediate Release: September 29, 2015 Contact: Kendra Kojcsich 202-973-2919 Kendra.kojcsich@porternovelli.com Washington, DC–With the public debate focused on end-of-life care and the realization that change is urgently needed, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care…

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C-TAC Applauds Senate Passage of the Older Americans Act and Agreement on Congressional Support for Future Senate Hearing and GAO Study on Advanced Illness Care

C-TAC Applauds Senate Passage of the Older Americans Act and Agreement on Congressional Support for Future Senate Hearing and GAO Study on Advanced Illness Care July 16, 2015 – Today, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (S.192) passed the Senate unanimously. We commend Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and members of the Health, Education,…

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C-TAC’s Faith Leader’s Letter of Support for Proposed CPT Codes for Advance Care Planning

July 13, 2015 C-TAC’s Faith Leader’s Letter of Support for Proposed CPT Codes for Advance Care Planning As Co-Chairs and members of the Interfaith and Diversity Workgroup of the C-TAC, we strongly commend the Administration and CMS for including and funding codes that would help physicians and other qualified health care professionals conduct voluntary conversations…

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C-TAC Applauds Landmark 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule on Advance Care Planning

C-TAC Applauds Landmark 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule on Advance Care Planning Washington, D.C.—Today, CMS released its proposed rule for the 2016 physician fee schedule that included two CPT codes for advance care planning: 99497 and 99498.  We commend the Administration for including and funding codes that would help physicians and other qualified health care…

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C-TAC and AHIP Foundation Announce Initial Report on Clinical Recommendations for the Advanced Care Project

C-TAC and AHIP Foundation Announce Initial Report on Clinical Recommendations for the Advanced Care Project June 18, 2015 – The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and the AHIP Foundation are excited to release the findings of the clinical phase of the Advanced Care Project. This Report provides a framework of clinical best practices to…

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Statement by C-TAC Co-Chairs Tom Koutsoumpas and Bill Novelli on the Introduction of the Landmark, Bipartisan Care Planning Act of 2015

June 10, 2015 Statement by C-TAC Co-Chairs Tom Koutsoumpas and Bill Novelli on the Introduction of the Landmark, Bipartisan Care Planning Act of 2015 Washington, DC—Today, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced the landmark Care Planning Act of 2015 with strong bipartisan support. This critical legislation will ensure that individuals with…

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C-TAC, ACHP Partner for Congressional Briefing on Scaling Innovations in Care

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 – Today, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) partnered with the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) to conduct a joint congressional briefing in the U.S. Senate entitled, “Taking Better Care: Supporting Well-Being for an Aging Population.” Bipartisan congressional staff as well as leading stakeholders and C-TAC members joined the…

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