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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 briefing to highlight best practice innovations that improve care for those with advanced illness.

 Bill Novelli, Co-Chair of C-TAC, and Patricia Smith, President and CEO of ACHP, emphasized that the time is now for widespread implementation of person-centered, comprehensive models of care that honor individual goals, values and preferences.

The number of people living with advanced illness is expected to double over the next ten years to over 75 million people. Panelists from leading not-for-profit, community-based programs including executives from Geisinger Health Plan in Pennsylvania, Priority Health Plan in Michigan, and Fallon Health Plan in Massachusetts, provided case studies that demonstrated patient-centered models of care for the advanced illness population. These care models rely on the C-TAC principles of team-based care that is comprehensive, coordinated and delivered in the home setting, proving that innovative models of care can increase quality and patient satisfaction while lowering costs.

Slide presentations from the event will be made available at www.thectac.org on Friday, May 15th.

C-TAC is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by grants and the support of members. Visit https://www.thectac.org for a list of C-TAC’s 120+ members, the C-TAC action plan, and more information on the organization. Follow@CTACorg on Twitter and tweet at us under the @CTACOrg.

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  1. […] “‘We think our job is to ensure health and survival,’ writes surgeon and author Atul Gawande, M.D. ‘But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being.’ Over the next 25 years, the population of Americans aged 65 and older will double to about 72 million, with roughly 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day from 2011-2031. Members of the Alliance of Community Health Plans are caring for this growing population, realizing that their needs extend far beyond clinical care. ACHP member plans are working to keep frailer seniors out of the hospital and where they feel most comfortable — at home, in an assisted-care environment, or in some sort of combination — so their final years may be independent, dignified and personally fulfilling.” Read the full executive summary. Read the C-TAC press release. […]

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