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What You Need to Know about the Primary Care First (PCF) Alternative Payment Model

Overview On October 24, 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Request for Applications (RFA) and Practice Application for the Primary Care First (PCF) demonstration model. Practices interested in participating in the model, including those interested in the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) track, must submit an application by January 22, 2020…

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C-TAC Member Spotlight: MIDEO® and the Institute on HealthCare Directives

We are excited to welcome MIDEO® (My Informed Decision on VidEO) and the Institute on HealthCare Directives to our growing coalition as members of C-TAC.  The Institute on HealthCare Directives’ mission is to serve patients, consumers and health care systems by developing safe and effective processes for advance care planning (ACP). These processes are designed to ensure patient…

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Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act Passed by U.S. House

Moments ago, the U.S. House passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (HR 647). C-TAC would like to congratulate this bipartisan group of lawmakers and praise their commitment to supporting people with advanced illness and their families. C-TAC has long advocated for PCHETA, which would promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, as…

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Quality of Life: Tapping into our Senses

“The quality of life is more important than life itself.” Alexis Carrel When Norma said, “I think I’d like to come along” four years ago, we were both pleased and slightly terrified. We entered our unplanned caregiving-odyssey feeling a bit overwhelmed and under qualified. We also knew, however, that we were probably the best people…

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CMS Announces Request for Applications for Primary Care First Model Options

The Primary Care First demonstration models’ Request for Applications (RFA) and Practice Application are now live, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier today. Practices interested in participating in the model, including those interested in the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) track, must submit an application by January 22, 2020 in order to…

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

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…

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