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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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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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Elderly man sitting in nursing home, wearing a mask.

By: Kacy Ninteau, Policy & Advocacy Intern, C-TAC As the COVID-19 cases climb across the country, nursing homes continue to be among the hardest hit communities. Over 40% of COVID-19 deaths nationwide have been residents and workers at these facilities. What puts nursing homes at greater risk for outbreaks are chronic staffing shortages, which have…

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C-TAC has shared policy recommendations focused on removing barriers to advance care panning with Congressional leadership as they continue to craft new legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations aim to increase access to these critical conversations, which are more important than ever during the pandemic. The coronavirus can quickly result in serious…

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Over nine million Medicare beneficiaries have received a telehealth service during the COVID-19 public health emergency and CMS is open to continuing some beyond the pandemic, according to a new Health Affairs blog post written by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. CMS has issued an array of waivers in response to…

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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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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 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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