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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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C-TAC CMO Brad Stuart, MD, Co-Authors New Article on Finding Life on the Other Side of Despair

C-TAC Chief Medical Officer Brad Stuart, MD, has co-authored an article that explores the clinician’s role in the healing journey when caring for a person facing life-limiting illness. The article, “Finding Hope and Healing When Cure Is Not Possible,” was recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Through the lens of pediatric brain cancer, Stuart et…

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Tom Koutsoumpas: Leading Through Shared Experience

C-TAC was founded because Bill Novelli and Tom Koutsoumpas had both navigated the complex advanced illness care process with family members, but Koutsoumpas had a direct experience with serious illness when he was diagnosed with melanoma. This first-hand experience with a serious illness has made Koutsoumpas more keenly aware of the challenges faced by people…

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Inside the Beltway: C-TAC Responds to HEDIS 2020 Measures

C-TAC commented this week to NCQA on the following measure changes for the HEDIS data set, which is used to assess performance improvement for health plans covering 190 million Americans: Care for Older Adults—Functional Status Assessment – We reluctantly supported the proposed change to remove a component of the measure having to do with functional…

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C-TAC’s 2018 Annual Report Now Available

We are excited to announce that C-TAC’s 2018 Annual Report is now available for download. It reflects on a milestone year in the movement to transform advanced care. Highlights from the report include: In 2018, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physician-Focused Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) unanimously recommended our Advanced Care Model for testing.…

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