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Lessons Learned: How to Implement a Serious Illness Program

In the Summer of 2017, the Hospice of Cincinnati and the TriHealth system in southwestern Ohio received a multi-year start up grant from local funder bi3 start a new home based palliative care service, PalliaCare Cincinnati. In addition to the community based advance care planning program I designed and manage, I was asked to pull…

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An Unlikely Face for Caregiving

There are over 43 million adults in the United States providing unpaid care for a loved one — unsung heroes, one and all. Yet it was the approach to Tim’s mom’s end-of-life care that captured the world’s attention and imagination. Unwittingly, we became an unlikely face of family caregiving. Two days after her husband of…

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Member Spotlight: MedStar House Call Program

The MedStar House Call Program was founded in 1999 by Drs. Eric De Jonge and George Taler to serve high-cost and high-need patients in their homes. The program model is designed to offer support around the clock, with the goal of allowing people to remain at home throughout all stages of their illnesses. Today, the…

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My First National Summit

My first experience with C-TAC’s Annual Summit left me with a sense of awe.  I came to the Summit to represent the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) in establishing and reinforcing partnership with C-TAC’s member organizations. The sheer number of leaders from the palliative care and serious illness space was overwhelming. The networking opportunities…

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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. 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…

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“I’d like to come along”

Last year, attendees heard the inspiring story of Ms. Norma, who, upon losing her husband and being diagnosed with uterine cancer at 90-years old, chose to forgo treatment and instead hit the road in pursuit of her most meaningful version of wellbeing. Revisit the session below and be sure to catch up with C-TAC’s inaugural…

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Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) Passes House Health Subcommittee

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health advanced several health care bills which included the C-TAC-supported Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). The legislation would improve the training of health professionals in palliative care, expand national research programs in palliative care, and educate families and health professionals about the…

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report on Medicare

  The Kaiser Family Foundation just released their annual report on Medicare. The report shows that there are now nearly 60 million Medicare beneficiaries (people aged 65+ or disabled) up 36% in only 10 years from 44 million in 2007. This growth is driven by the baby boomer generation, the oldest of whom started entering…

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MedPAC Report to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent US federal body that advises Congress on payments to private health plans and health providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. The latest annual MedPAC report to Congress came out last week and several recommendations pertain to advanced illness care. Specifically: Mandated report: The effects of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program An analysis…

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Priority Health: High-Quality Care Through Communication

Numbers are foundational to the algorithms and actuary science which contribute to the creation of healthcare payment models. But increasingly, organizations that are trying to promote optimal care for Americans with advanced illness insist that four words are essential to these equations: What do you want? When people living with advanced illness are asked what…

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