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Judy Thomas, JDThe Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce that Judy Thomas, JD, CEO, was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of Practice Change Leaders, a program of Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation.

As part of the Practice Change Leaders program, Thomas will be implementing the California Advanced Illness Collaborative, which brings together healthcare payers and providers to address the need for increased access to community- and facility-based palliative care in California.

The Collaborative’s activities will focus on developing standards for advanced illness care in California that address palliative care benefits, bundles of clinical services (e.g., palliative care consult, respite care), payment models for each service bundle (e.g., fee for service, care rate, per diem), and provider performance measures (including patient reported outcome measures).

The 2016 class of Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health were selected from professionals who responded to a highly competitive nationwide call for applications. Ten leaders were selected to participate in the prestigious program, aimed at building leadership capacity among professionals who have a leadership role in a health care delivery organization, health-related institution, or community-based organization with direct responsibility for care that impacts older adults.

Through participation in the 14-month Practice Change Leaders program, awardees receive $45,000 and the support of local and national mentors to further develop their leadership skills and complete a project aimed at implementing a new geriatric service line or aging program. Complementing their development as individual leaders, the Leaders will be joining a collegial network of dedicated professionals who share a commitment to improving health and health care outcomes in older adults.

The Practice Change Leaders program is made possible by support from the Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The program is under the direction of Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH.

To learn more about the Practice Change Leaders program, visit

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