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C-TAC and Partners Shoot for the Moon at National Summit

C-TAC Executive Director Jon Broyles and patient champion Shirley Roberson, kicking off the first Summit plenary session on Oct. 11.

On Thursday, October 10, C-TAC’s National Summit formally began on the plenary stage with a conversation between our Executive Director Jon Broyles and Shirley Roberson, a champion for patients and originator of the compelling Blue Chair story.

Opening Plenary and Moonshot Announcement

Jon and Shirley spoke about the importance of hope and underscored the need to redesign care around listening to what patients and families actually want, and using this perspective to guide treatment. This served as a launch pad for a new goal, announced by C-TAC, to improve quality of life for millions of Americans with serious illness. More information about this goal will be coming soon and we welcome your input on its development*.

This was followed by an on-stage dialogue between C-TAC’s Board of Directors about the future of advanced illness care and their personal motivations for being so dedicated to improving care for this population.

These two sessions were emblematic of the 2019 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care as a whole, showing that our work on behalf of millions of people with serious illness begins with one. Our Summit focused on bringing a diverse set of voices to the table and inviting everyone to be part of the solution on serious illness care.

Other Plenary Highlights

In addition to Shirley Roberson and our Board of Directors, we were joined by Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Founder and Director Diane E. Meier, MD, a pioneer of palliative care. Gary Bacher, Chief Strategy Officer at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), also sat down for a conversation on our main stage. Both leaders spoke with C-TAC Co-Chair Tom Koutsoumpas and discussed the state of serious illness care as well as where we should go from here as we strive to maintain and expand our efforts.

We also recognized legislative champions who have been instrumental in supporting C-TAC’s mission. We were proud to honor Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) with our Lifetime Achievement Award and we shared a video which was provided by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

Breakout Sessions

Throughout the Summit, attendees gathered in breakout sessions to delve deeper into the most pressing issues and challenges facing advanced illness care. This year’s breakout sessions featured a wide array of advanced illness care leaders, such as Cambia Health Foundation President Peggy Maguire, Respecting Choices® Executive Director Stephanie Anderson, DNP, RN, and Heart Tones™ Founder and President Gloria Anderson, PhD, LMSW. Subjects explored during this year’s breakout sessions included aligning on consumer messaging, building coalitions and engaging with consumers as well as faith communities.

Lab Sessions

The 2019 Summit also included our lab sessions, which allowed for more direct communication and interactivity between attendees and presenters. This year’s lab sessions focused on developing and setting ambitious goals to change the way that people experiences serious illness in the United States. This was approached from a variety of different angles, from a lab on design thinking led by End Well Founder Shoshana Ungerleider, MD and Blue Shield of California Senior Program Manager Torrie Fields to a lab centered on faith-based leadership, facilitated by Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, Executive Advisor to Faith Communities for The Conversation Project and Pastor Corey Kennard, leader of Amplify Church. State coalitions and federal policy and advocacy were also highlighted in their own lab sessions.

With the announcement of the Primary Care First model from CMS earlier this year, our Summit featured a suite of sessions focused on helping the field implement new payment models, what PCF applicants should expect under the new model. Featured speakers who addressed policy issues during our breakout sessions include C-TAC Senior Regulatory Advisor Marian Grant, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, RN, Capital Caring Chief of Geriatrics Eric DeJonge, MD, and Home Centered Care Institute CEO Thomas Cornwell, MD.

Pre-Summit Content

This year’s Summit was the first to feature pre-conference programming and featured a packed schedule of networking and breakout sessions which generated engagement and innovative discussions. These sessions addressed issues ranging from empowerment and caregiver support, grassroots efforts and action on the state-level, as well as tools like C-TAC’s Advanced Care Transformation IndexSM which can play a critical role in measuring our progress in improving care for people with serious illness.

We concluded our Summit with commitments from innovators across the spectrum of advanced illness care, including


Leaders in the field made inspiring commitments to take action on our plenary stage, including representatives from ADVault, Inc., Blue Shield of California, Community Hospice & Palliative Care and the David & Lura Lovell Foundation. We will be showcasing these commitments in the coming weeks and providing more details about these exciting new initiatives.

2019 has been a watershed year for advanced illness care as a movement. Buoyed by key policy developments and the commitments made during this year’s Summit, we look forward to continuing our work with you to ensure that all Americans with advanced illness receive high-quality, person-centered care, when and where it is right for them.

Stay tuned to our Summit website in the coming weeks as we share presentations and other supplementary materials from this year’s sessions. And don’t forget to save the date for our 2020 Summit on your calendar! We will bring the Summit to Dallas, TX from Oct. 28-30, 2020. We can’t wait to see you there.

We would also like to thank our 2019 Summit sponsors who made this event possible:

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