Tuesday, October 9

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
12:00 pm

Registration Opens

3:00 pm

Plenary I (3:00-6:00 pm)

3:05 pm

Welcome & Conversation with the Co-Chairs

Jon Broyles, Tom Koutsoumpas, Bill Novelli
C-TAC's Executive Director Jon Broyles speaks with C-TAC Co-Chairs Tom Koutsoumpas and Bill Novelli, giving opening remarks and outlines Summit goals. Welcome to Denver!
3:10 pm

Patient Voice – The Blue Chair

Dan Johnson MD, Shirley Roberson

Whether we are clinicians, advocates, caregivers or family members, we can all get stuck in the same old stories – in the same perspectives. Learn how pausing, listening, and expressing our preferences and needs can transform the experience of healthcare delivery for everyone involved. Take a seat in the Blue Chair.

3:45 pm

Leadership and Changing the Conversation

Mark Ganz

Mark Ganz, CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, has been called a "a machine, a tireless advocate of health care that is relentlessly human, particularly when it comes to palliative care and the end-of-life experience." Hear how he thinks about the role of leaders in driving conversations that help set the trajectory for advanced illness care…

4:05 pm

Fireside Chat: CMMI & C-TAC

Amy Bassano, Tom Koutsoumpas

2018 has been a momentous year for payment reform, with HHS Secretary Alex Azar emphasizing the need for a payment demonstration specific to the advanced illness population. Next month, join leaders from CMMI and C-TAC for a discussion of the future of payment reform and the role C-TAC and its members will play.

4:40 pm

Window of Opportunity: Reform Medicare Fee-for-Service with CMS/CMMI

Joe Rotella MD, Allison Silvers, Brad Smith, Kristofer Smith MD MPP

Given recent progress at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, industry groups are preparing for payment demonstrations that could reform the way Medicare Fee-for-Service pays for value-based care for people with advanced illness. A panel of experts with experience with evidence-based models discuss next steps during this window of opportunity.

5:40 pm

Award Presentation

Neeraj K. Arora, Bill Novelli, Joe Selby, Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith Jr

C-TAC is proud to present the Founder’s and Champion’s Awards to honor the seminal contributions of leaders in the movement to transform advanced care.

6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 10

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
7:00 am

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am

Plenary II – Quality and Payment (8:00 – 10:30 am)

8:10 am

Lessons Learned from Payment Demonstrations

Janet Bull MD, Timothy A. Lash, Susan Ponder-Stansel, Joan Valentine

In a letter released in June, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar highlighted the need for a demonstration that would test the value of alternative payment models. Join us for a panel discussion, during which experts with extensive experience in hospice, palliative and home care will share the insights they have…

9:00 am

How States Can Think Creatively about Workforce

Patrick Courneya MD

As the U.S. population ages, the healthcare workforce must employ innovative approaches to address the increased need for advanced illness care. Beyond this, there are also urgent issues related to care coordination. Attendees will glean insights and creative solutions for these challenges that can be put into practice at the state level.

9:10 am

Placing Value on Community Collaborations

Kelly Dearman, Traci Dobronravova, Torrie Fields, Yvette Santana

This session will explore the importance of community partnerships in delivering high-quality, person-centered care in a coordinated and efficient manner. Experts will delve into the crucial role that interdisciplinary collaborations among community members can play in providing care. Attendees can use this insight to inform the development of partnerships in their own communities.

9:50 am

Why Empathy Matters: Developing the Business Case

Ben Carter, Patrick Courneya MD, Lauran Hardin RN

There is a large body of research that strongly suggests that not only is high-quality advanced care delivery important for supporting patient health, these programs actually reduce costs and offer compelling business opportunities. Learn more about the impact of high-quality care on a business’ bottom line and strategic growth.

10:30 am

Refreshment Service

11:00 am

Breakout Sessions I

12:15 pm

Lunch | Screening of End Game

Peggy Maguire, BJ Miller MD, Shoshana Ungerleider MD

Released earlier this year, End Game is an award-winning documentary that offers unparalleled insight into the experiences of physicians and patients alike as they grapple with questions of treatment preference, shared decision making, and what it means to live well at the end of life. Join Peggy Maguire, President, Cambia Health Foundation for a screening…

1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions II

2:30 pm

Refreshment Service and Lab Sessions

4:05 pm

How to Empower the Next Generation of Advocates

James Hildreth MD

Dr. James Hildreth teaches his medical students to think of themselves as advocates, particularly when it comes to new payment models. During this session, Dr. Hildreth will draw upon his extensive experience as a mentor and share innovative strategies that attendees can use to engage with future advocates.

4:15 pm

New Policy Windows: Medicare Advantage, Older Americans Act

Greg Gadbois MD, Andrew MacPherson, Sandy Markwood

The current policy and regulatory landscape has opened up new opportunities to improve care and quality of life for individuals with advanced illness and their families and communities. Recent changes to the Medicare Advantage program have ushered in increased flexibility that could greatly accelerate health plan advanced illness-focused innovation. Additionally, there is a growing recognition…

5:00 pm

Changing the Care System for Older Adults with Complex Care Needs: A Few Big Ideas

Mary Naylor RN PhD FAAN

Older adults living with complex health and social needs commonly confront a fragmented and costly care system, rarely aligned with their goals and needs. This session will present three “big ideas” identified by diverse thought leaders to transform care delivery in the short-term for this population and their caregivers, while making the most of finite…

5:10 pm

Thursday, October 11

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4
7:00 am

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

7:30 am
8:00 am

Plenary IV – Metrics and Partners (8:00 – 10:30 am)

8:10 am

From Keeping Score to Driving Change: The 2018 State Level ACT Index

Bruce Chernof MD, David E. Longnecker MD

Like politics, all healthcare is local, as evidenced by the wide-spread variations in healthcare performance among the states. C-TAC’s 2018 State Level ACT Index aims to empower states to improve healthcare for their unique populations by establishing a baseline, exploring opportunities for improvement, implementing evidence-based best practices, and learning collaboratively with others. Gain insight into…

9:00 am

How to Scale Workforce

Brian K Davis RN

As the need for advanced care expands, so will the demand for a strong workforce. Learn how a leading provider thinks about scaling in this era of transformation.

9:10 am

Partnering with Faith Communities to Support Caregivers

Rabbi Richard Address, Alicia Georges EdD RN FAAN, Cheryl Matheis, Rev. Gus Reyes

Despite the crucial role that caregivers play in providing quality treatment for people living with advanced illness, they are often underserved. Hear from a panel of experts about the unique ability of faith communities, with their extensive networks and relationships, to provide respite and resources for caregivers.

9:50 am

How to Tackle Cost: CO Total Cost of Care Study

Sean Michael Reed

During this session, the Colorado-based Center for Improving Value in Health Care will share the initial findings from their research which investigates the total cost of health care in Colorado. Thus far, there has been a gap in knowledge surrounding the cost of end-of-life care for people across the health care spectrum, from those who…

10:00 am

Supporting Urban and Rural Communities: Two Approaches

Todd Stivland MD, Christy Whitney

Rural communities often struggle to expand and maintain access to quality health care services, with issues like workforce shortages, payment reimbursement, and physical barriers disproportionately affecting the elderly population and those living with advanced illness. What can providers and other stakeholders do to ensure that quality care is available to all that need it no matter their zip code? Hear how leading providers…

10:30 am

Refreshment Service

11:00 am

Breakout Sessions III

12:00 pm


12:00 pm

Plenary V – Community (12:00 – 2:00 pm)

12:05 pm
12:15 pm

What Pediatric Palliative Care Can Teach Us About Coalitions

Kathy Perko RN

Pediatric palliative care providers have often needed to build networks and collaborate out of necessity. This has resulted in a number of state-level coalitions that work together to provide resources to children facing life-limiting illnesses, as well as their family, loved ones and medical providers. During this session, Kathy Perko will draw on her experience…

12:30 pm
12:40 pm

Catalyzing the Ecosystem to Implement a New Vision for Serious Illness

Anthony L. Back MD, Peggy Maguire

This panel will provide guidance for Summit attendees who are interested in establishing community projects that focus on the needs of people living with advanced illness. Using the examples and insight from this panel, attendees will be equipped to form effective partnerships with the stakeholders in their community.

1:10 pm

How to Lead in an Era of Uncertainty

Linda Burnes Bolton

Today's healthcare leaders face a bevy of challenges that can be daunting to all but the best prepared. Hear from renowned executive Linda Burnes Bolton -- named one of Modern Healthcare's top 25 women in healthcare in 2011 -- as she identifies the critical components of effective leadership, including asking the right questions, remaining mindful of risks…

1:25 pm

Take a Seat in the Blue Chair

Anthony L. Back MD

Join our final Summit emcee for a reflection on the Summit, the Blue Chair, and a conversation with four surprise guests.

1:50 pm

Closing Remarks

Jon Broyles

C-TAC's Executive Director wraps up the Summit and offers 2018's call to action.

The 2018 Summit will be held

October 9-11, 2018, in Denver, CO