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New Serious Illness Coalition Launching in Minnesota

The Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care and Stratis Health announced a joint commitment to launch a new Minnesota serious illness coalition during the 2019 Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Summit in Minneapolis, on October 9.

Minnesota’s coalition will bring together stakeholders who are working independently on serious illness activities to create a unified statewide vision to improve care for the seriously ill. It will be a valuable source of information for education and awareness building, as well as provide a vehicle to drive advocacy, legislation, and regulation. The coalition will tackle big issues that cannot be addressed by one organization alone.

Currently, eight states have similar statewide coalitions. In addition to Minnesota, four others are interested in starting one.

Stratis Health is a member of C-TAC, an alliance of more than 140 national health care stakeholders dedicated to the idea that all Americans with serious illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values, and honors their dignity.

C-TAC has identified key areas across the nation that could benefit from state-level activity on serious illness, including: requiring education, outreach and referral to palliative care in inpatient and longterm care settings; addressing workforce and skills shortages; insurance coverage of palliative care; having clear payment mechanisms; beefing up collaboration with public health on awareness building and education; ensuring practice standards are implemented across care delivery settings; and implementing quality metrics. New