Health care policy initiatives and opportunities that impact care for people living with serious illness and their families.

Top Ten Tips Palliative Clinicians Should Know About Evidence-Based Advocacy

JPM article describes best practices to advocate for increased palliative care access and quality.

House Passes The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Sweeping legislation includes provisions that will support people living with serious illness.

CMMI Halts Start of the Seriously Ill Population (SIP) Payment Model

CMMI notifies applicants that the model is “under review”.

National Coalition Shares Policy Goals with Biden Administration and New Congress

Recommendations span COVID-19 response, access and payment, and workforce expansion.

Trump Signs Omnibus and COVID-19 Relief Bill

New law delays changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

CMMI Releases More Details on Direct Contracting Model Opportunities

New payment arrangements will hold groups of providers accountable for total cost and quality.

CMS Releases Final 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

Includes key changes impacting palliative care reimbursement.

CAPC's Brynn Bowman Announced as Health and Aging Policy Fellow

The 2020-2021 cohort will continue the tradition of excellence in shaping policies for older Americans.

Medicare Provides Additional Telehealth Flexibility

Changes include Medicare reimbursement for many more codes, and for telephone-only evaluations/virtual check-ins.