The Blog to Transform Advanced Care

Advancing Care through Innovation, Observation and Collaboration.


C-TAC Board Member Alexandra Drane Wins Top Women in Healthcare Award

We would like to congratulate C-TAC Board Member Alexandra Drane, who has been named the 2019 Winner for Entrepreneurs at the Top Women in Healthcare Awards. The award, presented by PR News and Access Intelligence, LLC., recognizes an executive transforming the healthcare business. The co-founder of ARCHANGELS, Rebel Health, Engage with Grace, and Eliza Corporation,…

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Recording Available: Virtual Roundtable Featuring Vynca and other Innovators

As technology advances, we are presented with more sophisticated tools and resources with which to provide and coordinate healthcare for Americans suffering from serious and advanced illnesses. This population is expanding rapidly due to the aging Baby Boomer generation and technological innovations will be a key component of ensuring that older Americans facing advanced illness…

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The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) Introduced in U.S. Senate

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S.2080) has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV). We applaud their leadership in offering and championing this critical legislation. PCHETA has already been introduced in the US House of Representatives (H.R. 647), with strong bipartisan support…

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Adam Boehler to Step Down from CMS Innovation Center

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Adam Boehler will be stepping down from his roles as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This afternoon, the White House announced that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Director Boehler to become Chief Executive Officer…

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David Brown, MD: Blending a Physician Brain and a Patient Heart

After practicing medicine inside the world’s elite healthcare institutions for 38 years, David L. Brown, M.D. thought he understood healthcare, especially end-of-life care. He had special clinical and research expertise in pancreatic cancer pain control and often walked along his patients during their last months.  Near the end of his academic career, he almost died…

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New Effort to Improve Advanced Illness Care Across America

Arizona Project First Step in Nationwide Initiative TUCSON, AZ — A new collaborative in Arizona, led by The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), is the first phase of a national initiative that will measure advanced care quality in every state and create a roadmap for improvement. C-TAC strives to ensure that people with advanced…

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C-TAC Responds to Proposed CMS Rule on Hospital Inpatient Payment System

This week, C-TAC submitted comments to CMS in response  to a proposed rule regarding the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System. The comments covered a variety of topics, including the following: Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program C-TAC supported the proposed exemption of those with…

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Joan Harvey – Committed to Honoring Dignity

As a young girl, Joan Harvey remembers her grandfather explaining his new research in open-heart surgery and her grandmother advocating for mental health issues on a national level. The two were trailblazers, and their work had a big effect on their granddaughter.  “That is my link to the healthcare world,” says Harvey. “They were very…

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