Bill Novelli, Board Member of SP Consulting and Distinguished Professor of Practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough Business School, has a way of tackling “challenging” issues from health care reform to tobacco control head on. Most recently Bill became involved in a particularly difficult topic and a life event that will directly impact virtually all Americans — advanced care and end-of-life health care options. Bill is the Co-Chair and founder for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), which aims to ensure all those suffering with an advanced illness will receive the highest quality care oriented around their goals and values.
Today Americans are living longer and healthier lives than generations past. However, many will be faced with advanced care decisions, which, as stated by C-TAC occur when “one or more conditions become serious enough that general health and functioning decline, curative treatment begins to lose its effect, and quality of life increasingly becomes the focus of care — a process that continues to the end-of-life.” These end-of-life decisions are only becoming more and more prevalent in our society as the population over the age of 65 will nearly double to more than 72 million in the next two decades. Without addressing the constellation of challenges associated with end-of-life care, our society will see an increase in hospitalizations, unnecessary treatments and conflicting medical advice all resulting in a higher cost-of-care to the families and our nation.
As a good friend of SP Consulting and valued board member, we support Bill in his latest endeavor as he leads the fight to transform end-of-life care and to build a broader understanding of these issues. You can learn more about Bill’s work with C-TAC and how they are reshaping society’s views on end-of-life issues.
C-TAC Homepage: http://www.thectac.org/
Facts about Advanced Illness Care: http://www.thectac.org/resources/key-documents/#facts
C-TAC in the News: http://www.thectac.org/category/news/