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November 27-29, 2017
Capital Hilton
1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

General Description

C-TAC’s 2017 National Summit was the premier event for visionaries in advanced illness care who are actively reshaping the way care is provided. Held in Washington, DC this past November, attendees heard from the greatest minds in the industry and key influencers from a range of specialties including policy, delivery system reform, community engagement, caregiver support, and more. The event was co-chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist. 


12:00 PM Registration Opens

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Opening Plenary

  • Opening Remarks

    • Bill Novelli, Co-Chairs, C-TAC

    • Tom Koutsoumpas, Co-Chair, C-TAC

  • ​Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP 

  • The Story of Driving Miss Norma – Attendees heard the inspiring story of Ms. Norma, who, upon losing her husband and being diagnosed with uterine cancer at 90-years old, chose to forgo treatment and instead hit the road in pursuit of her most meaningful version of wellbeing.

    • Ramie Liddle

    • Tim Bauerschmidt

  • Caregiving Perspectives - Attendees learned how to turn personal experience and passion into action from three national voices for caregivers

    • Alexandra Drane, Co-Founder, Archangels and Cashier, Walmart (moderator)

    • Mark Ganz, President and CEO, Cambia Health Solutions 

    • BJ Miller. Palliative Care Physician, UCSF

    • Lucy Kalanithi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception


7:00 AM Registration Opens

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM State and Community Breakfast

  • An informal discussion with leaders from around the country on how they are building initiatives in their communities to support the advance illness population, how they are developing their goals, what they need to support their programs, and how we can learn from each other. 

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Plenary II (Caregiving)

  • Opening Remarks

    • Summit Co-Chair Bill Frist, MD

    • Summit Co-Chair Tom Daschle

  • C-TAC and Cigna Caregiving Research

    • Earlier this year, C-TAC and the Cigna Foundation released new research on family caregivers that painted a vivid portrait of the struggles facing caregivers emotionally, physically, and professionally. Attendees learned more about this research and what it tells us about the need of people supporting their loved ones.

    • Joan Harvey, Vice President of Consumer Health Engagement, Cigna

  • Walmart Caregiver Initiative - Attendees learned how a small caregiver program is making a big impact for family caregivers and giving employees a greater sense of purpose and security.

    • Alexandra Drane, Co-Founder, Archangels and Cashier, Walmart (moderator)

    • Margaret Grover, Customer Service Manager, Walmart, North Reading, MA

    • Susan West, Support Manager, Walmart, North Reading, MA

  • ​National Caregiving Strategies - A panel of caregiver advocates shared their views on what needs to change at the national level to give caregivers and their families the support and resources they need.

    • Alexandra Drane, Co-founder, Archangels and Cashier, Walmart

    • Joan Harvey, Vice President, Cigna

    • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, AARP

    • Marcus Osborne, Vice President, Health & Wellness Transformation, Walmart

  • Sung Poblete, President & CEO, Stand Up to Cancer​

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Plenary III (Care Delivery and Payment)

  • The Business Case

    • Two executives from the UAB Health System discussed programs they’ve developed that support people living with advanced illness, the business care for these programs, and the real-world challenges they encountered during implementation.

    • Jackie Judd, (moderator)

    • ​Will Ferniany, CEO, UAB Health system

    • S. Dawn Bulgarella, CFO, UAB health System

  • Transforming Care Delivery - Effective and innovative models of value-oriented care around the country are changing how care is delivered. A panel of experts discussed how to sustainably scale effective programs to better align care delivered with the needs and values of those that receive it.

    • Jackie Judd (moderator)

    • Sam Srivastava, CEO, Magellan Health

    • ​Andrew Dreyfus, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

    • Hal Paz, Executive Vice President, Aetna

  • Darrell Kirch, President & CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges

  • Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO, Gallup

  • Advanced Care Transformation (ACT) Index

    • We cannot show progress if we cannot measure it. C-TAC’s Dr. David Longnecker presents the ACT Index, which will allow the community to monitor success over time and focus efforts and resources on only the most effective initiatives for improving advanced illness care.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch

  • Award Presentations

    • Michael Peterson, President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

    • Patrick Conway, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Blue Sheild

  • Sponsor Recognition

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Breakout Session I

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee and Refreshments

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions II

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Plenary IV

  • Plenary Framing

    • Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

  • The Policies of Delivery System Reform – Regulatory leaders discussed what policies need to change in order to transition from fee-for-service and volume-based medicine to person- and value-centered care.

    • Jackie Judd (Moderator)

    • Mark McClellan, Former CMS Administrator

    • Patrick Conway, President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

  • Perspectives from Capitol Hill – A bipartisan panel of policy-makers discussed the legislative landscape surrounding the movement for improved advanced illness care and share their visions for moving forward.

    • Andrew MacPherson, Senior Policy Advisor, C-TAC (moderator)

    • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-RI)

    • Representative Phil Roe, (R-TN)

  • Jeff Burnich, Senior Vice President of Medical and Market Networks, Sutter Health

  • The Ripple Effect: Opioids, Right to Try, and Aid in Dying - Developing innovative programs isn’t all that clinicians are engaged with on the front lines. A handful of states have passed right-to-try and aid in dying legislation, adding both moral and programmatic challenges for patients and providers. Meanwhile, an opioid epidemic is raging nationwide and governments are trying to curb prescription painkiller abuse. Two healthcare providers discussed the ripple effects that implementation of these policies are having on providing high quality, person-centered advanced illness care.

    • Jackie Judd (moderator)

    • Malene Davis, President & CEO, Capital Caring

    • Melisa Stern, Managing Director, Supportive Care Services, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

5:30 PM Networking Reception


7:00 AM Registration Opens

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Breakout III

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Plenary V

  • Glen Galaich, CEO, Stupski Foundation

  • Scaling Advanced Care Through Venture Investments

    • A group of leading healthcare funders talked about what they’re looking for in supporting the next generation of advanced care and end-of-life innovations and programs.

    • Torrie Fields, Blue Shield of California

    • Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures

    • Blake Long, Chief Clinical Officer, Echo Health Ventures

    • Dan Gebremedhin, Flare Capital

    • Ben Robbins, Venture Partner, Google Ventures

  • Bishop Simon Gordon, Senior Pastor, Triedstone Church of Chicago

  • State and Community Initiatives - The work of transforming advanced illness care happens on-the-ground with people interacting with their clinicians, local health providers, and community institutions. Some of those on the front lines of transformation talked about what resources communities need and how we can best support them.

    • Eric J. Schneidewind, President, AARP

    • Greg Vigdor, President & CEO, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

    • Phil Marshall, President & CEO, Hosparus Health

    • Jeff Goldman, Vice President, Population Health, Primary Care Coalition

    • Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director, Kokua Mau

  • Closing Remarks

    • Jon Broyles, Executive Director, C-TAC

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