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Allison Silvers, MBA

Allison Silvers is vice president for Payment and Policy at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). In this role, Ms. Silvers educates payers and policymakers on both the value of palliative care and the key strategies that ensure access and quality, while also educating palliative care programs on opportunities under value-based payment. Since 2016, Ms. Silvers has:

  • Created and led CAPC’s Payment Accelerator, providing a full-day workshop and a suite of 25 tools to assist programs in finding payment opportunities and operating efficiently under fixed payment models;
  • Co-led the Serious Illness Quality Alignment Hub, convening experts across the public and private sectors to define high-impact, feasible requirements and incentives for access to high-quality palliative care;
  • Created a toolkit to help health care purchasers improve the care of their seriously ill plan participants;
  • Created and led three Learning Communities for health plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) programs, combining educational events and new tools that expedite the adoption of CAPC’s recommended strategies; and
  • Actively participated in advocacy efforts of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) to improve Medicare payment and alternative payment models.

Prior to joining CAPC, Ms. Silvers served as the chief strategy officer for VillageCare, where she oversaw a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Care Innovation Award to improve treatment adherence for people living with HIV/AIDS, along with leading a Medicare Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI) initiative for post-acute services. In previous roles at VillageCare, she secured Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level III accreditation for a primary care center and directed community case management programs that aimed to reduce morbidity and disability among isolated seniors. She also helped launch two health insurance programs: a Medicaid managed long-term care plan and a start-up commercial plan offered on the New York State marketplace; and has served as the long-term care subject matter expert for the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.

Ms. Silvers holds an MBA from Yale University, a BS in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Geriatric Scholar Certificate from the City University of New York.

Selected Publications:

  • Silvers A, Fields T, Kariuki F, et al. Exploring best practices in serious illness care for Medicare Advantage and accountable care organizations. Better Care Playbook blog. https://bettercareplaybook.org/_blog/2020/25/exploring-best-practices-serious-illness-care-medicare-advantage-and-accountable-care. Published September 2, 2020.
  • Morrison RS, Meier DE, Rogers M, et al. America’s Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals. New York, NY: Center to Advance Palliative Care and the National Palliative Care Research Center; 2019.
  • Silvers A, Fields T, Kytonen A, Meier DE. Medicare Advantage flexibility: improving care for seriously ill beneficiaries. Health Affairs blog. https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20180702.641853/full/. Published July 6, 2018.
  • Silvers A, Rogers M. Minimizing readmission penalties with palliative care. HFMA website. https://www.hfma.org/topics/hfm/2018/march/59772.html Published March 1, 2018.
  • Silvers A, Gualtieri-Reed T, Fields T. ACO/Health Plan Toolkit: Integrating Palliative Care into Population Management. January 2018.
  • Silvers A, Meier DE. SNP Alliance Issue Brief: Serious Illness Strategies for Medicare Special Needs Plans. December 2017.
  • Meier DE, Silvers A. Serious illness strategies for health plans and ACOs. CAPC website. https://www.capc.org/documents/214/. Published August 2017.
  • Silvers A, Gualteri-Reed T, Krakauer RS, et al., Payment primer: what to know about payment for palliative care delivery. CAPC website. https://www.capc.org/documents/96/. Published February 2017.

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