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Bill Novelli: Advocacy Through Storytelling

Few advocates have a deeper understanding for the power of storytelling as a tool for social change than C-TAC Co-Founder and Co-Chair Bill Novelli, who has extensive experience in leading advocacy organizations and social movements. In addition to founding international public relations firm Porter Novelli and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, he served as CEO…

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Member Spotlight: Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley’s (HOV) mission is to “bring comfort and dignity as life nears its end.” Since 1977, HOV has provided hospice care and support to the community in greater Phoenix, AZ . As a not-for-profit organization, no one is ever turned away due to lack of insurance or ability to pay. Currently, HOV…

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Highlights from 2019 CMS Quality Conference

I attended the first day, January 29, of this annual conference and found the sessions I went to helpful. Participation was strong, as 3,500 had registered for this free conference in downtown Baltimore and it looked like many actually attended despite the bad weather.  The agenda and other information is on the conference’s website. Here…

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Jessica Martinson: Sparking Care Conversations

The 2019 C-TAC Summit will focus on cultivating the next generation of leaders in the advanced care movement. This profile is the latest installment in a series of posts that will highlight emerging leaders in advanced care. Fostering a trusting relationship between patients and providers is key to promoting advance care planning. Ensuring that clinicians…

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Giving Voice

This article was originally published in The Journal of the Minnesota Medical Association. By: Barbara Greene, MPH “He has no idea what he did for a living, where he is living now, or what he did ten minutes ago. Almost every memory is gone. Except for the music. (Yet) he opened for the Radio City…

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Long-Distance Caregiving: Bridging the Divide

“Ramie, I’m terrified.” One of my longest and dearest friends texted this to me earlier this week. Friends since junior high, we played sports together and shared the same social groups. We hung out at each other’s homes and knew each other’s parents well. This is the friend who jumped on an airplane from California…

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Member Spotlight: Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest

At Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (PNW), our vision is a future when everyone receives care that honors their values and preferences at the end of life. Developed as a joint initiative between the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association, Honoring Choices PNW uses a variety of approaches – from community engagement…

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Aligning Practice with Policy: Sharp HealthCare

The notion of ‘change’ and ‘healthcare’ might seem contradictory to people who believe that change is long overdue in the administration of healthcare. But outcroppings of institutional change are developing at all levels of the U.S. healthcare system. Consider a hospital being seen not as a revenue maker, but as an entity designed to minimize…

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Remembering Richard Payne, MD

The advanced care community has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Dr. Richard Payne on January 3. A friend and partner to C-TAC, Dr. Payne was a steadfast advocate for those receiving care at the end of life. He was a neurologist, as well as an internationally known and respected authority on pain…

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