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C-TAC Participates in ASA DC Roundtable on Advanced Illness

Today, C-TAC participated in the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Washington, DC Roundtable on the need for reform in advanced illness and end-of-life care. The event was organized around topics in the Spring Issue of Generations Magazine, which C-TAC guested edited.

Speakers included:

  • Barbara Hoenig, Senior Consultant, CVS Health
  • Bill Novelli, Co-Chair, C-TAC
  • Bob Stein, President and CEO, ASA
  • Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President, AARP
  • Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Advisor, C-TAC
  • Patricia Bomba, MD, Vice President, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Malene Davis, CEO, Capital Caring
  • Helen Burstin, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, National Quality Forum.

Panelists discussed regional differences in end-of-life care, the value and limits of the Medicare hospice benefit, the disproportionate growth in cost of routine hospitalizations, the lack of incentives for providers to deliver high-quality, person-centered value over volume, and how to make end-of-life issues part of the national conversation on healthcare. The panel further emphasized the need for increased education on end-of-life issues, particularly in medical schools, social work programs, and theological schools.

Finally, panelists commented extensively on quality measures themselves, namely that they need to be outcome-oriented, actionable, reflective of an integrated and holistic view of care and, most importantly, meaningful to the person undergoing care.

The event closed on a personal note from Raca Banerjee, one of the guest editors of the edition. She urged attendees to recognize that everyone has a story related to end-of-life care, and that by opening-up and sharing our narratives, we drive forward the movement to transform care by encouraging others to do the same.

Learn more about ASA events here and read the full spring issue of Generations here.

These topics and more will be featured at C-TAC’s 2017 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care. Learn more and register today!

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