Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 1 - 4 PM ET
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care is excited to host our second annual free National Policy Forum. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually. The Coronavirus has affected the entire healthcare system and those with serious illness are particularly vulnerable to complications as a result of COVID-19.

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Event Agenda

Welcoming Remarks

C-TAC leaders will deliver opening remarks and allow our attendees to settle in as we begin the National Policy Forum.

Jon Broyles

Jon Broyles, Executive Director, C-TAC

Yvonne Delk

Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk, Minister, United Church of Christ

The Moment We Are In: Identifying the Healthcare Gaps Exposed by COVID-19 and Where We Go From Here

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on a variety of existing issues within our healthcare system. As advocates for those facing serious illness, it is essential that we identify these challenges and ensure that future care models support this vulnerable population. During this panel, experts will discuss what future care models would look like and explore the policy changes needed to bring this vision to life.

Tom Koutsoumpas

Tom Koutsoumpas, Co-Chair and Co-Founder, C-TAC

Joanne Lynn

Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS, Director, Altarum Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness

Michael Fratkin

Michael Fratkin, MD, Founder and CEO, ResolutionCare

Kris Smith Circle

Kristofer Smith, MD, President, naviHealth

Spotlight on Current C-TAC Policy Initiatives

C-TAC’s policy and advocacy team is committed to identifying and advocating for policy changes that support those living with serious illness and their families. Join this brief overview session with C-TAC’s legislative and regulatory experts for an update on our current policy initiatives and their implications on the state and federal level.

Marian Circle

Marian Grant, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, RN, Senior Regulatory Advisor, C-TAC

Davis Baird Circle

Davis Baird, Policy & Advocacy Manager, C-TAC

Brian Lindberg Circle

Brian Lindberg, Executive Director, Consumer Coalition for Quality Healthcare; Public Policy Advisor, C-TAC

Facing New Policy Barriers to Advance Care Planning During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating that advance care planning is more important now than ever before. During this emergency, new challenges have arisen for patients and providers that want to have these important conversations. During this session, an expert panel will discuss these barriers and explore innovative solutions and the supportive policy actions that can facilitate their implementation and spread.

Charles Sabatino Circle

Charles Sabatino, JD, Director, Commission on Law and Aging, American Bar Association

Marisette Hasan

Marisette Hasan, BSN, RN, President/CEO, The Carolinas Center

Carole Montgomery

Carole Montgomery, MD, FHM, MHSA, Executive Medical Director, Respecting Choices

Gloria White Hammond

Rev. Gloria E. White Hammond, MD, Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Church; Founder and Director, My Sister's Keeper

Caring for those with Serious Illness by Supporting Our Workforce During COVID-19 and Beyond

In order to ensure a high quality of life for those facing serious illness, we must support our healthcare and community-based workforce. There are several opportunities for innovation in this area, from reforming medical curricula to expanding the role of non-traditional providers types in serious illness care to formalizing strategies that address provider burnout related to COVID-19. During this panel, our speakers will address these opportunities and explore the policy interventions needed to better mobilize the serious illness care workforce of the future.

Marian Circle

Marian Grant, DNP, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, RN, Senior Regulatory Advisor, C-TAC

Brynn Bowman

Brynn Bowman, MPA, Chief Strategy Officer, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Jennifer Ballentine

Jennifer Ballentine, Executive Director, CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

Robert Espinoza

Robert Espinoza, Vice President of Policy, PHI

Health Care Equities Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Leading experts in this field on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic will discuss the disparities in care that they have encountered while serving their communities. They will share stories of those who are regularly deprived of social determinants of health services, and how these inequities result in negative health outcomes that are concentrated in communities that are already underserved and overlooked. This roundtable dialogue will highlight barriers, provide essential next steps in changing the way marginalized individuals receive care, as well as share possible supports from the community that will aid those who are living with serious illness and their families in this moment.

This session can serve as a catalyst for future policy interventions that will improve the quality of health care for those individuals who have been underserved and treated as insignificant.

Scott Williamson Circle

Rev. Dr. Scott C. Williamson, Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

DeYoung Circle

Rev. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Ed.D., CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches

Leslie Redmond Circle

Leslie Redmond, President, NAACP Minneapolis

Closing Keynote

Andy Slavitt, one of the most prominent health care leaders in the United States, will deliver a closing keynote on the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing its potential long-lasting impact on the health care system. Slavitt is the Board Chair of United States of Care, as well as the Founder of and General Partner with Town Hall Ventures. Previously, served as Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama Administration.  More information about this session will be available soon!

Andy Slavitt - Circle

Andy Slavitt, Board Chair, United States of Care; Founder and General Partner, Town Hall Ventures; Former Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Closing Remarks

C-TAC leaders will offer closing reflections on the day's discussions before we conclude our event.

Jon Broyles

Jon Broyles, Executive Director, C-TAC

Bill Novelli Circle

Bill Novelli, Co-Chair and Co-Founder, C-TAC

Stay tuned for updates on our National Policy Forum program as we come closer to the event!

We are grateful to the support of our 2020 National Policy Forum sponsors:

If you are interested in becoming a National Policy Forum Sponsor, please contact Partnership Manager Luke Scuitto at LScuitto@theCTAC.org.