8 Mega Health Care Trends and How They Relate to Palliative Care

PLUS Year in Review

Health care has experienced a number of key shifts since the year 2000. Driven by patients and others dissatisfied with the status quo, commercial pressures coming from corporate responses to inflation, rapidly changing technology, and more, palliative care is seeing these shifts as well.

To address some of these major health care trends, Dr. Wells Shoemaker will walk us through 8 of the most impactful changes and how they specifically relate to and affect palliative care. Judy Thomas will join Dr. Shoemaker to provide a year-end retrospective of health care in 2017.


Wells Shoemaker, MD & Judy Thomas, JD
Wells Shoemaker, MD & Judy Thomas, JD

Wells Shoemaker, MD
Independent Healthcare Consultant

Wells Shoemaker practiced pediatrics on the Central Coast for 25 years, devoting the subsequent 20 to quality improvement on an expanding statewide scale. He served as CAPG’s medical director for 8 years and co-chair of the California Quality Collaborative for 9 years. He participated in Governor Brown’s Let’s Get Healthy California (LGHC) taskforce in 2012, and concurrently launched the California Advanced Primary Care Institute. Dr. Shoemaker then served in 2013 as co-lead of the follow up LGHC workgroup charged with ‘Redesigning the health system for safe, effective, patient centered care.’ He has been a member of the CCCC Board of Directors since 2012, currently serving as Secretary.

Judy Thomas, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Judy Thomas, JD, is CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a partnership of healthcare providers, non-profit organizations and associations, government agencies and individuals working to ensure seriously ill people receive quality, compassionate care. Thomas chairs the National POLST Paradigm Task Force and serves on the Donate Life California advisory board. In 2015, Thomas was named a Practice Change Leader by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

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