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Liz Fowler: Increasing Access to High-Quality Palliative Care across Kentucky

Scaling access to palliative care by partnering with risk-bearing entities Liz Fowler, president and CEO at Bluegrass Care Navigators (BCN), is committed to putting BCN on an inexorable path to ensuring all Kentuckians have access to high-quality palliative care. Scaling access to palliative care in Kentucky is a formidable goal, given the large number of…

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New Report Explores Best Practices for Promoting Use of Advance Care Planning

Supporting provider education, building coalitions, and addressing social determinants of health are just some of the practices that could boost the use of advance care planning (ACP), a new report finds. Conducted by health care consulting firm Discern Health, the research was designed to help further develop the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care’s Advanced Care…

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National POLST Releases First National POLST Form

In an important step towards greater standardization and broader reach of portable medical order documentation for those with serious illness, this week the National POLST Paradigm released the first national POLST form.  POLST forms are medical orders that specify the treatments an individual wants during a medical emergency. POLST forms (sometimes called MOLST, MOST, or…

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C-TAC to Participate in New Project to Improve Serious Illness Care

C-TAC is one of seven organizations participating in a new initiative to improve care for older adults and those facing serious illness and the end of life. The effort will be co-funded by the Cambia Health Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, in a new partnership announced on Aug. 29. Other organizations participating in…

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C-TAC’s First Summer of Service Opportunity

By: Jina Park, Development Intern, C-TAC C-TAC’s first Summer of Service kicked off at the Community of Hope which is a nonprofit organization assisting vulnerable families struggling with homelessness or health issues. Community of Hope was chosen for C-TAC’s Summer of Service because of their large effort in healthcare, providing 56,000 healthcare visits in 2018.…

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Depression in Older Adults: Special Considerations

By: Kevin Liu, Database Intern, C-TAC Depression is often overlooked and underdiagnosed in older adults, yet depression is highly prevalent in this population. In fact, depression is more prevalent in older adults than dementia and conservative estimates have shown that at least five million seniors (65 years and older) in the US are currently struggling…

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Jay Newton-Small: Building Empathy Through Storytelling

When Jay Newton-Small was given a 20-page questionnaire to fill out about her father, who was living with Alzheimer’s and entering a housing community north of Washington, D.C., she knew there had to be a better way. Instead of completing the form, Newton-Small, a Time magazine and Bloomberg News journalist, wrote her father’s story in…

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