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U.S. Ranks Low in EOL Care – C-TAC Asserts ACP Is Key to Quality

National Healthcare Decisions (NHDD) day is April 16th and we are highlighting advance care planning (ACP) as a part of end-of-life (EOL) care in the United States. NHDD exists to normalize conversations around EOL care by educating families and providers on the importance of advance care planning, a key C-TAC priority. A study performed by…

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Big Week for Money Follows the Person Program

Last week was particularly good for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program.  First, the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget included $456 million for MFP, an increase of $191 million for this “demonstration” started in 2005.  Second, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of more than $110 million through a…

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A Public Health Approach to Improving End-of-Life Care

In recognition of National Public Health Week, we are spotlighting an innovative public-health approach to improving end-of-life care, the Compassionate Communities (CC) model. Originating in Australia and now utilized in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada, CC models create bridges between health systems and local communities to transform palliative and end-of-life care experiences…

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Why ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Were the Focus of a Special C-TAC Event

A recent C-TAC event spotlighted the use of psilocybin (aka ‘magic mushrooms’) to treat depression in patients living with serious illnesses. The event featured a panel of experts working in the field of psilocybin therapy and was moderated by Dr. Patrick Courneya, MD, Chief Health Plan Medical Officer at HealthPartners. As we advocate to transform…

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C-TAC Update: President Biden Releases Budget of the U.S. Government – Fiscal Year 2023

Background On March 28, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration’s Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2023 was released and sent to Congress for consideration.  As described by the progressive Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “President Biden’s 2023 budget calls for a range of policies that would boost opportunity and reduce poverty, improve health and…

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A Look at the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network

As Social Work Month 2022 ends, we would like to share with C-TAC membership more about the current policy efforts of the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN).    SWHPN is a membership organization for hospice and palliative social workers dedicated to advancing psychosocial interventions for persons with serious illnesses, and their family…

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Member Spotlight: Ochsner Health

Our Mission and Vision: For 80 years, Ochsner’s purpose has been caring for people. We are here to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. This mission is the foundation of our relationship with our patients, our employees, and every community member we serve. Our vision is to inspire healthier lives and stronger communities.  We have a…

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Fall Report for HHS Secretary to Include C-TAC Recommendations 

A Fall report to the HHS Secretary from an independent federal advisory committee made up of leading clinical experts will include C-TAC recommendations from a recent listening session.   C-TAC CEO, Jon Broyles and Care Model Advisory Group members, Gary Bacher (Capital Health) and Torrie Fields (Votive Health), recently presented C-TAC’s policy priorities to the Physician-Focused…

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C-TAC Members Advocate for Death Doulas at Exclusive Event

Last month, C-TAC hosted a member meet-up where leaders from the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) and The Peaceful Presence Project discussed how and why we must prioritize incorporating doulas into end-of-life care teams. The use of ‘death doulas’ in end-of-life care is supported by C-TAC’s policy agenda and Core Principles for Care Models. To…

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C-TAC Member Spotlight: Accessia Health

The U.S. economic burden of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer, has reached about $3.8 trillion in direct and indirect costs—or nearly one-fifth of GDP, according to a new report from Fitch Solutions. As the baby boomer population ages, that figure is expected to double within the next 30 years.…

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