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C-TAC Policy Briefing Explores Advanced Care in Colorado and Beyond

Leading healthcare experts gathered in Denver, CO today to discuss the latest federal and state policy developments affecting palliative care and people living with advanced illness.

C-TAC, Coalition to Transform Advanced Health Care, leads an Advanced Illness Care policy Briefing at the Mile High United Way in Downtown Denver, CO, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Photo by Bear Gutierrez)

The briefing, hosted by C-TAC and the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), provided timely policy updates and guidance for advocates interested in supporting the movement.

C-TAC Senior Regulatory Advisor Marian Grant opened the event by providing an update on federal policy.

“We know these are not theoretical problems. We are going to have to deal with these issues and advanced illness care is the main answer,” said Grant.

Dr. Brian Shiozawa, Regional Director in Region 8 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided updates on HHS’ actions related to value-based payment. Dr. Shiozawa underscored the administration’s commitment to value-based and person-centered care. He also echoed Secretary Azar’s praise of C-TAC’s Advanced Care Model.

“Healthcare is changing rapidly, as are the country’s demographics. This population will need added supports and we have to find a way to deliver them,” said Dr. Shiozawa. “A key element of this is moving our system from paying for procedures to paying for outcomes.”

Kristin Paulson, Vice President of Research and Innovation at CIVHC, discussed policy updates on the state level in Colorado. The event also included a panel discussion, featuring participants that included:

C-TAC, Coalition to Transform Advanced Health Care, leads an Advanced Illness Care policy Briefing at the Mile High United Way in Downtown Denver, CO, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Photo by Bear Gutierrez)

  • Marian Grant, Senior Regulatory Advisor, C-TAC (Moderator)
  • Debbie Hornor, Senior Vice President, American Heart Association
  • Jean Kutner, Chief Medical Officer, University of Colorado Hospital
  • Tracy Ellen Lippard, Internist and Geriatrician, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Adrian Miller, Executive Director, Colorado Council of Churches

The panel showcased some of the positive work happening on the ground in Colorado, discussed barriers that these institutions are facing around delivering better care and how to connect health care providers with community partners.

“We need to change the conversation from ‘What’s the matter with you’ to ‘What matters most to you,’” said Dr. Lippard.

This forum served as a way for advocates in a variety of disciplines to learn about this issue and connect their work to the efforts of others around the state and around the country.

C-TAC will return to Denver for the National Summit on Advanced Illness Care on Oct. 7-9, 2018. The event will convene hundreds of healthcare leaders, policy makers, consumer advocates, academics and others in the movement towards comprehensive, value- and patient-focused care for people with advanced illness.

For more information on the Summit, please click here.

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