Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness


Type: Roundtable
Topics: Aging, Diseases, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health
Board: Board on Health Care Services, Board on Health Sciences Policy

The Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness, launched in mid-2016, works to foster an ongoing dialogue about critical policy and research issues to accelerate and sustain progress in care for people of all ages with serious illness. Inspired by previous work at the Academies, including the 2014 Institute of Medicine report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, the Roundtable convenes key stakeholders to focus on five priority areas: 

1) delivery of person-centered, family-oriented care; 

2) communication and advance care planning;  

3) professional education and development; 

4) policies and payment systems; and 

5) public education and engagement. Roundtable membership includes patient advocates, health care professional organizations, health care providers and insurers, foundations, federal agencies, researchers, and others interested in improving care for people with serious illness.

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Now Playing: Click here to watch brief interviews with two presenters from the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness November 29 Public Workshop, conducted by Roundtable member Christian Sinclair.


Please note that statements, recommendations, and opinions expressed are those of the individual participants and are not necessarily endorsed or verified by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine or the roundtable, and should not be construed as reflecting any group consensus.


Missed the workshop? You can watch the archived webcast videos here.

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Roundtable Membership

  • Leonard Schaeffer, Chair
  • James Tulsky, Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Ballentine
  • Robert Bergamini
  • Amy Berman
  • Patricia Bomba
  • Susan Brown
  • Grace Campbell
  • Steve Clauser
  • Jeff Cohn
  • Patrick Conway
  • David Debono
  • Andrew Dreyfus
  • Carole Redding Flamm
  • Mark Ganz
  • Ziad Haydar
  • Pamela Hinds
  • Haiden Huskamp
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Charles Kahn, III
  • Rebecca Kirch
  • Tom Koutsoumpas
  • Shari Ling
  • Bernard Lo
  • Joanne Lynn
  • Diane Meier
  • Amy Melnick
  • Jeri Miller
  • R. Sean Morrison
  • Murali Naidu
  • Brenda Nevidjon
  • Harold Paz
  • Sharon Scribner Pearce
  • Judith Peres
  • Phillip Pizzo
  • Wendy Prins
  • Thomas Priselac
  • JoAnne Reifsnyder
  • Judith Salerno
  • Diane Schweitzer
  • Katrina Scott
  • Katherine Sharpe
  • Joseph Shega
  • Christian Sinclair
  • Tanya Stewart
  • Susan Elizabeth Wang

Roundtable Staff

Laurie Graig, Roundtable Director

Sylara Marie Cruz, Research Assistant

Sharyl Nass, Health Care Services Board Director

Andrew Pope, Health Sciences Policy Board Director

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