Read along as we highlight CAPC and the field's successes and growth since we opened our doors in 1999.

As we wrap up our 20th anniversary year, we are excited to share major milestones from both CAPC and the palliative care field.

The Early Years: 1999 - 2005

An early team photo, featuring Diane E. Meier, MD, Amber B. Jones, Lynn Hill Spragens, MBA, David Weissman, MD, Carol E. Sieger, JD, James Block, MD, R. Sean Morrison, MD.
An early team photo, featuring Diane E. Meier, MD, Amber B. Jones, Lynn Hill Spragens, MBA, David Weissman, MD, Carol E. Sieger, JD, James Block, MD, R. Sean Morrison, MD.

To start, did you know that CAPC was established with a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in order to improve the care of people living with serious illness and their families? And that the first CAPC National Seminar was just a year later? The first six years were filled with significant accomplishments.

CAPC was established in 1999 and hosted the first National Seminar in 2000; the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) was formed in 2001; the National Consensus Project published the first edition of the Clinical Practice Guidelines..

Continued Growth: 2008 - 2012

CAPC and the field continued to see lots of continued growth and success in the years to follow. Did you know that palliative care officially became a medical subspecialty for physicians and social workers in 2008? And, that the first State-by-State Report Card on access to hospital palliative care was launched in the same year by CAPC and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC)? See below for a continued snippet of history!

Palliative care became a medical subspeciality and the first State-by-State Report Card was released in 2008; the National Palliative Care Registry started collecting program-level data in 2009; the IPAL Project launched in 2010...

Scaling Up: 2015 - 2019

Amy Berman, RN, and Diane E. Meier, MD, after announcing the Tipping Point Challenge front-runners at CAPC National Seminar 2019.
Amy Berman, RN, and Diane E. Meier, MD, after announcing the Tipping Point Challenge front-runners at CAPC National Seminar 2019.

The next five years (including 2019) were a period of tremendous growth for CAPC. This included transforming into a member-based organization with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation; launching an online clinical training curriculum; announcing a partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA); and reaching a major milestone of over 350,000 course completions by health care professionals across the United States. See below for the full picture.

CAPC membership and clinical training curriculum launched, and the first Multi-Payer Workgroup convened in 2015; CAPC hosted the first Payment Accelerator for community palliative care programs in 2017; the AHA and CAPC announced a partnership in 2018...

In the fall of 2019, CAPC reached a major milestone of over total 350,000 course completions by 47,000 health care professionals across the United States – 90% of whom report that they are likely to change their clinical practice based on what they’ve learned.

More than 14,000 clinicians have demonstrated their commitment to education in care of patients with serious illness by earning CAPC Designation – and this group reports that Designation has made a difference. One survey found that 51% of clinicians strongly agree that they are confident in managing their patients’ pain after earning the CAPC Pain Management Designation (up from 9% prior to Designation). We understand from these numbers that there is a growing recognition of the importance of clinical education in core skills for care of patients with serious illness, and we anticipate that this trend will continue grow over time.

Thank you for everything over the past twenty years! We're looking forward to many more years of increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness.