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C-TAC Comments on Proposed CMS Rules on Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospice

C-TAC submitted comments this week in response to proposed  rules by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on skilled nursing facilities and hospice: Skilled nursing facility comments – In our comments, C-TAC supported the proposed information technology  requirement that these facilities share information with both the patient and to their new provider after an…

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C-TAC Responds to Proposed CMS Rule Aimed at Improving Interoperability

C-TAC has submitted comments to CMS on a proposed rule aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology. Examining how the proposed rule would affect those living with advanced illness and their families, C-TAC expressed overall support for the rule with these specific comments: Care Coordination via Trusted Exchange NetworksC-TAC supports any efforts to…

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The Perfect Storm: Addressing Needs with Home-Based Primary Care

In a health care climate of rising costs and resource strain, the aging population is particularly at risk for being medically underserved. In a 2018 white paper, Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) founder and CEO Dr. Thomas Cornwell examines the potential for home-based primary care as a solution to this challenge. HCCI is a non-profit…

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In Their Own Words: Kathy Brandt and Kim Acquaviva, PhD

In January 2019, Kathy Brandt, a nationally known hospice industry leader, was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer and learned she had mere months to live. Brandt’s wife, Kim Acquaviva, PhD, a nursing professor and end-of-life care expert, made a controversial decision. Brandt opted for palliative care, forgoing treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, in order…

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C-TAC is Proud to Become Member of Grantmakers in Aging

We are excited to announce that C-TAC has joined the membership of Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), a national membership organization of philanthropies which serves as a network, resource and champion to amplify the voices of older people and issues of aging. GIA believes in a society which is better for older adults benefits people of…

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At C-TAC Policy Forum, Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Discuss Future of Advanced Care Delivery

Today, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) hosted a group of Congressional leaders who explored policy options to improve advanced illness care in the United States. The discussion was part of C-TAC’s inaugural National Policy Forum, held in the Congressional Auditorium of the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington. The event was designed to…

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Hospital chaplains stick to the heart of the job amid industry changes

A recent report from Religion News Service explored the changing landscape of healthcare and how hospital chaplains are adapting to ensure that patients receive the spiritual support they need. “As our medical system grows more fast-paced, impersonal and complex, the hospital or health care chaplain’s role has been growing,” reported Amanda Abrams. “Many patients need…

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Opportunities to Improve Serious Illness Care Through New CMMI Payment Demonstrations

CMMI announced its much-anticipated Primary Cares Initiative introducing two new sets of voluntary payment models focused on value-based care based in part on C-TAC’s Advanced Care Model. The two programs, Primary Care First and Direct Contracting, use different approaches to address the needs of people with complex, chronic conditions and serious illness. CMMI worked closely…

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