National, state and local policies are changing, and the experiences of the 2021 Summit will provide the encouragement to become a positive part of that change.



With open, energized support from those individuals and groups who are making great strides in delivering person-centered supportive care, we will focus on how policy change can and must be achieved.  Our unified voice will be heard.  Make sure you are part of the movement.

This is a time for bold action.  This is a time to become a vocal, active part of the effort to provide equitable, person-centered, supportive care to the millions of Americans dealing with serious illness.  This is the time to not only speak out but make a commitment to be part of positive change.


(all times are Eastern Standard Time)


Addressing Equity in Care Models: 1:00 - 2:45pm ET
Special presentations and roundtable discussion

The new leadership at CMS and CMMI, has published their 10-year vision on value-based care. These leaders support equity as a standalone principle for all CMS models. Now is the time to include community-based services across these existing care models to address the medical, social, spiritual and support needs of those living with serious illness. Our roundtable of experts will address C-TAC’s “Core Principles” for those models and the case for addressing equity by supporting community-based models and the pathway to lasting success.

Panel includes:
Mai Pham, MD, MPH, President & CEO, Institute for Exceptional Care
Christina (Chris) Ritter, PhD, MPA, Director of Patient Care Models Group, CMMI
Jayla Sanchez-Warren, Director, Area Agency on Aging at Denver Regional Council of Governments
Moderator: Gary Bacher, Chief Officer of Strategy, Policy and Legal Affairs at Capital Caring Health 

Engagement Hour: 2:45 - 4:00pm ET
Exhibits, Spotlights, and Networking

The Intersection of ACP Policy and Practice: 4:00 - 5:45pm ET
Special presentations and roundtable discussion

The need for advance care planning has become further amplified with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant policy breakthroughs occurred such as the CMS waiver to allow audio-only advance care planning to be a critical part of identifying and honoring the goals and values of those experiencing serious illness. We can’t go back. Join this roundtable discussion as we strengthen the case for continued change: that advance care planning should be integrated into every CMS program that touches the lives of the person with serious illness and their family.

Panel includes:
Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds, Founder, Talk Early Talk Often
Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Gerontology and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Southern California
Emily Jaffe, MD, VP and Executive Medical Director at HM Home and Community Services
Highmark Health
Moderator: Stephanie Anderson, DNP, RN, Executive Director, Respecting Choices


State Medicaid Innovation for Those Most in Need: 1:00 - 2:45pm ET
Special presentations and roundtable discussion

Across the country states are taking action to develop new and standardized models of care that support people with serious illness and their families and improve health equity. Proactive stakeholders in Hawai’i have developed a Medicaid palliative care benefit that closely aligns with the changes in care delivery and care principles C-TAC would like to see through Federal payment reform. Our roundtable discussion will explore the case for Federal policy change based on what’s unfolding in Hawai’i and other states.

Panel includes:
Judy Mohr Peterson, PhD, Med-QUEST Administrator, Hawaii Medicaid Director
Kathleen Kerr, Kerr Healthcare Analytics
Hope Glassberg, MPA, HG Consulting

Moderator: Torrie Fields, CEO, Votive Health

Engagement Hour: 2:45 - 4:00pm ET
Exhibits, Spotlights, and Networking

Communities Leading the Way: C-TAC’s National Agenda: 4:00 - 5:45pm ET
Special presentations and roundtable discussion

Leaders from AARP, Humana, Cambia and others share why C-TAC’s national policy agenda is critical to improve the lives of those with serious illness and those unpaid caregivers that support them. The roundtable will discuss the importance of value-based payment models that incorporate community-based organizations to help eliminate health disparities.

Panel includes:
David Jones, Chairman & Managing Director, Chrysalis Ventures; Board Member, Humana
Elder Angela Overton, M.Div., Senior Advisor to the Interfaith Workgroup, C-TAC
Moderator: Jon Broyles, CEO, C-TAC





ACP Innovation and the Pandemic: A National Conversation: 1:00 - 3:00pm ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged and changed almost every aspect of day-to-day life, including how we receive and deliver healthcare. History has repeatedly shown that crises drive innovation as a means of solving real-world problems. Lessons learned from the pandemic provide opportunities to examine how to adapt and improve person-centered care in fundamental ways. For example, telehealth and digital technology solutions were largely accepted by organizations and customers alike to stay informed, connected and operational. CMS and payers have broadened the list of telehealth services that can be delivered, including ACP services. A panel of speakers will discuss their ACP innovations and why they choose not to return to ‘business as usual.’ Attendees will participate in deeper discussions with the panelists and each other for this important national conversation.

Panel includes:
Penney Dupee, BS, CSW; Marshfield Clinic Health System
Roberta Geidner, MA; Wellspan Health
Susan Hickman, PhD, Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute
Katie Kirkley, MHA, Community Medical Centers
Christine Wilkins, PhD, LCSW


The Florida House Call Project: A Community-Based Model to Enhance HBPC Awareness and Access: 3:00 - 5:00pm ET

Given its large population of Medicare patients with multiple chronic illnesses, and as a state included in the CMS Primary Care First model, Florida has a significant need for HBPC. Home-Centered Care Institute's Florida House Call Project has identified, equipped, and mentored a network of Champions to spread awareness of home-centered care, communicate the benefits of HBPC, and lead local training and in-service activities. This session shares insights gained from this innovative pilot program.

Panel includes:
Jennifer Ayrey, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C, Priority House Calls, LLC & Champion, HCCI Florida House Call Project
Madetric Wood, MS, APRN, GNP-BC, Geriatric Solutions, LLC & Champion, HCCI Florida House Call Project
Melissa Singleton, MEd, Chief Learning Officer, Home Centered Care Institute
Aaron Yao, PhD, Research Director, Home Centered Care Institute

Dana Crosby, Director, Engagement & Practice Development, HCCI 

2021 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care

November 9-10
November 8 (Pre-summit)

Stay tuned for updates on speakers and sessions!