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Advancing Care through Innovation, Observation and Collaboration.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model. The CHART Model is consistent with the President’s Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access and aims to improve health care quality and reduce Medicare and Medicaid expenditures within rural…

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The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) is a national non-profit dedicated to creating universal access to best practice house call programs to ensure that medically complex patients have access to high-quality care in their homes. HCCI assists programs across the country in building sustainable house call programs designed to care for the top 3-5% of…

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Last week, C-TAC submitted comments on the annual Home Health Rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Key areas of focus included: The Use of Technology under the Medicare Home Health Benefit: We supported the use of telehealth for those living with advanced illness as a way to improve access to…

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There are many ways to provide compassionate care for people living with serious illness. Healwell offers this relief through massage therapy, having built a team of highly skilled practitioners, thinkers, researchers, business leaders and other humans who are dedicated to providing comfort when it is needed most. The Healwell team is also exploring the world…

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By: Tierney Beauregard, Programs & Communications Intern, C-TAC We can’t ignore the impact of the environment on the health of the most vulnerable among us, especially as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Heart Association (AHA) has been investigating and revealing the strong ties between environment and human health for decades. In 2010,…

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As the Democratic and Republican National Conventions (DNC) come to a close, both parties highlighted policy positions with major implications for the healthcare system. Joe Biden made COVID-19 a central campaign rallying point as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination last Thursday night, pledging that as president he would distinguish himself from President Donald Trump’s…

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Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) – a national membership organization of philanthropies – acts as a relevant and responsive network, resource, and champion, amplifying the voices of older people and issues of aging. Believing a society which is better for older adults is better for people of all ages, GIA seeks a just and inclusive world where older people…

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By: Kacy Ninteau, Policy & Advocacy Intern, C-TAC For individuals living with serious illness and their families, the fear of not having their wishes for care heard and respected during an emergency can be overwhelming. Talking about preferences for treatment and filling out an advance directive are steps that can be taken to relieve this…

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Elderly man sitting in nursing home, wearing a mask.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to devastate U.S. nursing homes. Adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing are critical to protect nursing home residents and staff during future COVID-19 outbreaks. This paper presents results from a new national database containing 98% of U.S. nursing home that confirm staffing and PPE supplies were severely…

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“If we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, that means whatever we do in love must produce justice.” As part of the Frontline Conversations series, C-TAC is virtually sitting down with faith leaders, health care providers, and others on the front lines of serious illness care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this edition, Elder…

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