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C-TAC to Develop Best Practices from Blue Shield of California’s Home-Based Palliative Care Program

C-TAC has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant by the Stupski Foundation to study Blue Shield of California’s home based-palliative care in the San Francisco Bay Area and develop guidelines, tools, and best practices for payers interested in adopting similar models of care. This program is a unique collaboration of the health plan’s Accountable Care Organization providers, such as Hospice by the Bay and UCSF Health in the Bay Area.

Blue Shield’s innovative care model focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, improving quality of life for both the patient and their family, and delivering comprehensive care in the setting most patients prefer. The program brings together interdisciplinary teams that include physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains.

There are effective and promising models of value-oriented care around the country. All-too-often, however, they are professionally and geographically siloed. With this project, C-TAC moves from theory to action through the recently launched Campaign to Transform Advanced Care.

By identifying what works and what doesn’t, and then developing and disseminating best practices, payers will be better equipped to implement, sustain, and scale similar programs. With the tools from this project, C-TAC will broaden the understanding of options available to those with such illnesses, and will set the standard for greater alignment between care delivery, healthcare payment, and patient needs.

Find the Press Release announcing the grant here. For more information about the Campaign to Transform advanced care, click here.

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