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CMMI and Other Leaders Commit to Take Action on Advanced Illness at C-TAC Summit

During this year’s National Summit on Advanced Illness Care, several organizations committed to invest time and resources in innovative projects that support those living with advanced illness and their loved ones. At the outset of the Summit, C-TAC Co-chair Tom Koutsoumpas discussed the future of payment reform during a fireside chat with Center for Medicare…

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You Gotta Have Faith (and a break)

It is funny how as we age our conversations begin to shift. Our eighteen-year-old selves could not have imagined the many friendships that have endured the test of time, and only in our wildest dreams could we imagine that we would spend so much time talking about end-of-life care for our loved ones. After attending…

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The Duke Endowment invests in non-profit advanced illness care model

HENDERSONVILLE, NC – The Teleios Collaborative Network, through its member organization Four Seasons, has received a $900,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund its mission to preserve, strengthen, and support not-for-profit community hospice and palliative care organizations in the Carolinas. Teleios Collaborative Network (TCN) is a not-for-profit organization that shares expert leadership, industry best…

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New Data on ACP Billing Codes Use Shows Significant Increases

C-TAC has obtained CMS data for the full calendar year 2017 for the Advance Care Planning (ACP) billing codes. This is the second full year of data for these codes and they show significant increases vs 2016. Calendar 2017 vs 2016 ACP Claims *Calculated using 2016 calendar year data for total Medicare beneficiaries as 2017…

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C-TAC Receives PCORI Award to Create Regional Leadership Forums on Advanced Care

We’re pleased to announce that C-TAC will receive the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award for Capacity Building from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). We will use this support to develop regional leadership forums that tackle issues in advanced illness care. C-TAC will work with community partners to host a series of regional leadership forums…

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C-TAC Policy Updates & the 2018 Midterm Election Results

On Tuesday, the power structure in Washington shifted. In the Senate, Republicans will maintain control and will gain seats; in the House, Democrats will have a thin majority in the 116th Congress. We are pleased to report that the bipartisan Members of Congress supportive of our policy priorities either were not up for re-election or…

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Respecting Choices® National Share the Experience 2018

This week, Respecting Choices® (RC) hosted the 2nd National Share the Experience Conference (NSTE18) in Bloomington, Minnesota. This powerful event brought together more than 200 frontline healthcare leaders, including providers, health systems, academics, and many others. This year’s conference emphasized the importance of thoughtful leadership and collaboration, and featured seasoned healthcare executives such as Jeff…

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Remembering David Richard Murray

C-TAC’s friend and partner, David Murray, Executive Director of the Advance Care Planning Coalition of Virginia, unexpectedly passed away this September. In the wake of this loss, we asked his friends and colleagues to share their reflections about him. “David was one of the first people I met when I joined Honoring Choices. His depth…

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Employers, insurers work to knock down barriers to telemedicine

This article was originally published by Employee Benefit Adviser on Oct. 11, 2018. By Kayla Webster Bringing the doctor’s office directly to patients can be convenient for healthy individuals and a huge relief for those with mobility issues. But despite its advantages, telemedicine has to navigate a complex legal web to deliver services to patients. Now,…

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