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C-TAC’s Fourth Annual National Summit Energizes Advanced Care Community

This week, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) held our fourth Annual National Summit on Advanced Illness Care at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., which brought together over 400 healthcare leaders, including providers, policymakers, health systems, payers, employers, academics, and consumer and patient advocates. This year’s Summit was our biggest yet and punctuated a historic year for C-TAC.



At this year’s Summit, co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist, MD, (R-TN), we heard from an eclectic mix of industry influencers and national leaders in the movement. This roster includes:

  • Tom Koutsoumpas, C-TAC Co-Chair of the Board
  • Bill Novelli, C-TAC Co-Chair of the Board and Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • S. Representative Phil Roe, MD, (R-TN)
  • JoAnn Jenkins, CEO, AARP
  • Darrell Kirch, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Sung Poblete, President and CEO, Stand Up to Cancer
  • Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallop
  • Joan Harvey, Vice President, Cigna
  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, AARP
  • Mark McClellan, Former CMS Administrator
  • Ramie Liddle & Tim Bauerschmidt, Authors, Driving Miss Norma

C-TAC thanks all of the speakers for their participation and support. Their dedication to our work continues to propel the advanced illness care reform movement forward.

The change we seek doesn’t happen in Washington, and the Summit gives us all an opportunity to demonstrate our support for the everyday work being completed on the ground, in communities, by doctors, providers, and local leaders. Many of the sessions at this year’s Summit were devoted to understanding the needs of advocates interested in starting these programs and how C-TAC can effectively bolster their efforts.

In June, C-TAC ventured into new, exciting territory by launching our Campaign to Transform Advanced Care, which gave us the opportunity to orient Summit programming around three over-arching goals: enacting broad-based federal legislative and regulatory reform, establishing new avenues of support for family caregivers across America, and reinvigorating state- and community-based coalitions advancing the movement at the grassroots.

These three goals guided Summit plenary and breakout sessions, which reinforced the National Summit’s status as the only event of its kind to convene industry leaders, policymakers, and care providers all committed to centering the American health care system around the values and needs of those living with advanced illness or at the end of life.

We are highly encouraged by the massive support we received this week and have already begun to schedule programming for next year’s National Summit in Denver, Colorado.

Be sure to mark your calendars for October 9-11, 2018.

We’ll see you in Denver!

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