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C-TAC Response to 7/28/16 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Perspective on “Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients- An Urgent Priority”

C-TAC Response to 7/28/16 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Perspective on “Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients- An Urgent Priority”

C-TAC applauds NEJM’s urgent call to action as it validates our mission and reinforces our efforts to help some of the most vulnerable within this population. The group of patients with high needs and costs is diverse and within that, C-TAC focuses on those with advanced illness. This is when one or more conditions become serious enough that general health and functioning decline, curative treatment begins to lose its effect, and quality of life increasingly becomes the focus of care – a process that continues to the end of life.

The NEJM article highlights several promising models and C-TAC would add to that its own Advanced Care Model and Community Action Project, further details of which will be shared at our National Summit in September. We are addressing barriers to implementation of successful models by working with our Advanced Care Model partners to scale this across their own broader health systems. Additionally, our policy and advocacy efforts are focused on legislation and regulation that promotes such new models and the value-based payment systems necessary to sustain them.

Finally, C-TAC has partnerships with many of the foundations that authored the article and looks forward to continuing to work with them to help further clarify the needs of those with advanced illness, identify and share the best ways to care for them, and to assist in the dissemination and implementation of proven approaches. Their call for “new levels of collaboration among healthcare providers, payers, communities, social services organizations, academics, researchers, and others” aptly describes C-TAC’s coalition of over 140 such members, all of whom are working to transform the care of those with advanced illness.

 About C-TAC

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) is a national non-profit, non-partisan alliance of patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professional and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers committed to the vision that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, will receive comprehensive, high quality, person-and-family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity. For more information about C-TAC, visit TheCTAC.org

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