WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a non-profit organization with a vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans, announced that Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will be speaking at the third National Summit: Building Bridges to Success, taking place in Washington, DC, September 20-21, 2016. Dr. Kalanithi wrote the epilogue for her late husband Dr. Paul Kalanithi's #1 New York Times best selling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air.
The 2016 National Summit is the event for visionaries in advanced illness care who are actively reshaping the way care is provided. People interested in more information can visit www.ctacsummit.org to register. Registration is open until September 9, 2016.
"The response to When Breath Becomes Air has been overwhelming. It shows that our culture is open to talking about mortality and that it's helpful to share our stories openly and honestly," said Dr. Kalanithi. "I'm thrilled to participate in C-TAC's National Summit, and talk about the deeply human experiences of providing and receiving medical care."
To see the full Summit agenda, please visit www.ctacsummit.org/agenda.
"We are honored to have Dr. Kalanithi join our dynamic group of speakers for our third National Summit," said Jon Broyles, Executive Director of C-TAC. "Her passion and unique perspective reminds us all that patients are first and foremost, people. Dr. Kalanithi, and the millions like her, remind us why this National Summit is so important to make high-quality, person-centered care the national standard."
Additional highlights from the Summit agenda include:
- Former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle, and Bill Frist, MD, will moderate The Changing Political Landscape plenary session. The esteemed senators will offer perspectives on health and healthcare policy in this turbulent political environment;
- Journalist Michael Pollan of the New York Times will join a session discussing the most recent research on effectiveness, legal and policy implications of potential uses for psychoactive drugs like psilocybin.
- Andy Slavitt, the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide insights on how value based payment models will transform advanced illness care delivery.
- BJ Miller, MD the Senior Director and Advocate for Zen Hospice will provide a frontline perspective on advanced illness care.
Hosted by C-TAC, the third National Summit Co-Sponsors include: AARP, Leonard Schaeffer, Aspire Health, American Heart Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, CFAR, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Medecision, and the National Academy of Medicine.
C-TAC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition comprised of over 130 national organizations including patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers that share a common vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans. The Coalition works to ensure that all those with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #CTACSummit2016 and follow us on Twitter @CTACOrg.
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SOURCE Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC)