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CMMI Announces New Serious Illness Payment Model Based on C-TAC Proposal

HHS Secretary Azar, CMS Administrator Verma and CMMI Director Boehler Acknowledge C-TAC’s Contributions to Model Development The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has announced the much-anticipated new payment model to support Americans living with advanced illness, which will operate under the new Primary Cares Initiative. The new model, Primary Care First, will include…

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Inside the Beltway: AHRQ Integrating Palliative Care with Chronic Disease Management in Ambulatory Care

C-TAC submitted comments this week to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality regarding the value of integrating palliative care into chronic disease management. These were in response to their commissioning a topic refinement and systematic review on this topic. AHRQ provided a set of key questions to guide the systematic review and C-TAC commented…

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Jeff Thompson: Leading True

Jeff Thompson, MD, quite literally wrote the book on the leadership.  Dr. Thompson, who currently serves as executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus of the groundbreaking Gundersen Health System, has a wealth of insight to share on how diverse groups of leaders can thrive and spur positive change through values-based leadership. A selection of…

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Inside the Beltway: C-TAC Comments on HHS Pain Management Report Draft

C-TAC submitted comments last week on HHS’ Request for Public Comments on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter- Agency Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. This report was required in the 2016 CARA Opioid legislation. Overall we were in strong support of the report and its recommendations…

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New Serious Illness Coalition Launches After C-TAC Summit Commitment

The Oregon Coalition for Living Well with Serious Illness launched this week, with the goal of educating, communicating, and connecting “in order to help people with serious illness and their caregivers live well.” Plans for the Oregon Coalition were announced as a commitment during the 2018 C-TAC Summit in Denver, Colo. Comprised of more than…

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Member Spotlight: Stratis Health

Stratis Health is a nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety. Stratis serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities. For nearly 50 years, they have worked to build health care organization and community capacity and embed change management skills to drive person-centered quality health…

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and CMMI Director Adam Boehler Visit Rhode Island to Discuss Advanced Care Innovation

C-TAC member HopeHealth provides hospice, palliative care, and home health care for over 1,500 patients every day in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Director Adam Boehler recently met with HopeHealth President & CEO Diana Franchitto. On March 29, C-TAC Senior Policy Advisor Andrew MacPherson…

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