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National Academy of Medicine meeting in May 2016California’s efforts around advance care planning and palliative care received national attention at a meeting hosted by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2016.

A joint report by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the California Health Care Foundation, Dying in Californiawas featured at the meeting.

CCCC CEO Judy Thomas, JD, was joined by CHCF CEO Sandra R. Hernández, MD, in co-presenting on California’s progress in end-of-life care in the 18 months following the release of NAM’s Dying in America report. The California report is an analysis of progress, gaps and opportunities for end-of-life care in California.

Dying in America provided broad recommendations for improving end-of-life care and care for the seriously ill, and included a call to action for government, health providers, insurers, educators and communities across the nation.

“It was a great honor for our work to be recognized at a national level and a wonderful opportunity for us to both share our experiences and learn from others,” Thomas said.

The gathering of policy makers, health care leaders, consumer organizations and others was designed to assess progress in end-of-life care and serious illness care since the 2014 release of the Dying in America report.  A total of 93 organizations were represented at the meeting.

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