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Hello everyone,

There is rapidly growing concern around the world about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the current outbreak being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. People with serious illness, who are more vulnerable to complications as a result of COVID-19, will be disproportionately affected by its spread.

C-TAC is steadfast in our commitment to supporting those with serious illness and those who matter most to them.

While we know that key operational decisions are and must be made swiftly in your local communities, federal policy action and guidance will play a major role in implementing an effective response. From urging swift implementation of telehealth waivers to broadening scope of practice rules to mobilize the serious illness workforce, important steps need to be taken now to prepare for what is facing us. To that end, we are reaching out to policymakers on Capitol Hill and at CMS about potential regulatory and legislative flexibilities that could help the field best prepare for and address the unique needs of those with serious illness, their families, and the providers that care for them. We will continue to connect our members and partners with timely policy and programmatic updates and resources.

Our partners at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) will also be hosting a webinar on March 18 at 2:30 PM ET to share updates on palliative care and the impact of COVID-19. The briefing will be presented by CAPC Director Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM and R. Sean Morrison, MD, Co-Director of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center. To register, please click here.

C-TAC commends those who are delivering compassionate, person-centered care to the most vulnerable among us during this time of urgent need. 

Best,

Jon Broyles
Executive Director
C-TAC

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