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New Serious Illness Coalition Launches After C-TAC Summit Commitment

The Oregon Coalition for Living Well with Serious Illness launched this week, with the goal of educating, communicating, and connecting “in order to help people with serious illness and their caregivers live well.” Plans for the Oregon Coalition were announced as a commitment during the 2018 C-TAC Summit in Denver, Colo.

Comprised of more than 40 individuals and organizations, the Oregon Coalition will strive to build a person-focused ecosystem that will support patients and their caregivers across the state. Participants in the Oregon Coalition represent a variety of disciplines, from physicians and nurses to consumers and caregivers.

Cambia Health Foundation President and Board Chair Peggy Maguire and Tony Back. M.D., of the University of Washington, received a positive response when they met with an audience of Oregon health care leaders to gauge interest in the project last year.

“Through the collaborative efforts of the Oregon Coalition for Living Well with Serious Illness, we will drive change that moves us from a fragmented health care system to a person-centered model of care that prioritizes quality of life for people and families,” said Maguire.

The Cambia Health Foundation is a key member of C-TAC and we applaud them, along with Dr. Back and all others involved, on this important step toward ensuring that people with advanced illness receive high-quality, person- and family-centered care in the setting that is right for them. We are proud that our Summit served as the venue for the commitment announcement in October and look forward to the progress that will come from this project. More information about the Oregon Coalition is available here.

To learn more about the commitments made by the Cambia Health Foundation, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Cigna, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, click here. We will provide timely updates as these initiatives develop.

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