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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

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 (C-TAC) provides proven solutions for the problems and challenges of advanced illness care. The just released book, A Roadmap for Success: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in America, examines the health conditions leading to end-of-life and details standards to improve the care seriously ill people should receive.

The book, co-sponsored by the American Hospital Association and AARP, features contributions from experts in hospice and palliative care, patient and family support, public policy, faith and spirituality and other aspects of the field. A Roadmap for Success guides readers through the maze of advanced illness care, explains what currently happens to people living with a serious, progressive condition, and shows how society can achieve real change.

“Current advanced illness care is fragmented. There are significant gaps between the care people want and the care they actually get,” said Bill Novelli, co-chair of C-TAC and a principal author of the book “We can’t get there overnight, but A Roadmap to Success is a blueprint to lead us to solutions. Transforming healthcare is an ambitious goal but every great social change starts somewhere.”

While end of life care is focused on the last six months of life, advanced illness care can extend for a number of years. Organizations, including health payers, health systems, individual clinicians and faith-based groups are beginning to meet the challenge and provide improved care that increases patient satisfaction and is cost-effective. C-TAC’s Roadmap for Success brings together scalable, tangible solutions for the professional community to reach every American with advanced illness needs.

“Transformation is at the very core of C-TAC,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, C-TAC Co-chair and principal author. We produced A Roadmap for Success to provide innovative solutions that ultimately will revolutionize the way we approach the challenges associated with advanced illness. No matter your political or personal beliefs, getting the care you deserve should be what every family expects.”

A Roadmap for Success: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in America is available as a free download on C-TAC’s website at www.thectac.org or on Amazon as a kindle download.

C-TAC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of over 130 national organizations including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers that share a common vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans. The Coalition works to ensure that all those with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.

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