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Driving Miss Norma Family Joins C-TAC as Inaugural Caregiver Fellows

Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, authors of Driving Miss Norma: An Inspirational Story About What Really Matters at the End of Life, will serve as our inaugural Caregiver Fellows. Family caregivers are a crucial component of supporting people living with advanced illness but, as research released by C-TAC last year shows, they remain under resourced,…

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Member Spotlight: Fidelity Health Care

In March 2014, Fidelity Health Care implemented a pilot program based on its original Care Transition pilot. An interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers and therapists were trained to provide specialized care transition services to a high risk, high cost population. The goal was a 35% reduction in clinical encounters after six months of interventions. Ninety days after…

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Advanced Illness Care Payment Proposals Move to HHS Secretary

A panel of experts convened by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) formally recommended to the HHS Secretary Alex Azar two payment proposals, one submitted by C-TAC and the other by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). “We applaud this historic recommendation and its potential impact to provide high-quality…

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C-TAC Releases Report on Policy Barriers to Advanced Illness Care Models

Americans are living longer than ever before but longer life also brings a greater prevalence of chronic illness. While the U.S. health care system handles acute medical issues quite well, it is poorly equipped to provide appropriate care for people with advanced illness. Such patients typically receive care that is uncoordinated and treatments they do…

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Aspire Health CEO Brad Smith on the Importance of Advanced Illness Care

Brad Smith is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of community-based palliative care services for patients facing a serious illness. Aspire currently operates in 25 states and 67 cities in partnership with many of the nation’s largest health plans. Since launching in 2013, Aspire has served over 40,000…

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Member Spotlight: Kōkua Mau

Founded in 1999 under a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community-State Partnership grant, Kōkua Mau is Hawaii’s go-to resource for information on advanced care planning services, hospice and palliative care, and public policy advocacy. A statewide non-profit network of organizations and individuals, Kōkua Mau is leading a movement that aims to make advance care planning and…

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NPHI Convenes Learning Collaborative at Oxford University

Recently, the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) convened a learning collaborative at Oxford University with key leaders from the NHS and hospice executives from programs across Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Participants shared best practices, addressed challenges to providing the best care possible, and considered recommendations for improving care in both the…

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C-TAC Co-Sponsors Aging2.0 Event on Livable Communities

“If there’s one thing you remember from this presentation two years from now,” said Dr. Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, in between jumping jacks, “let it be that the brain can change, and that it’s never too late or too early to get started.” Dr. Fotuhi, a Harvard and Johns Hopkins-trained neuroscientist, delivered the keynote address…

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