Patient Care Services is planning a Mini State-Of-The-Art (SOTA) conference for August 7 to
8, 2013 on the topic of specialty care. Patient Care Services plans to use the SOTA for strategic
planning on how to move specialty care forward in a number of areas. To assist in these efforts,
Patient Care Services requested that the VA ESP Coordinating Center (CC) conduct some "light"
evidence syntheses of the following topics: shared decision making in palliative care, oncology,
and nephrology; interventions that reduce hospitalizations/emergency room (ER) visits for heart
failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and interdisciplinary specialty care
platforms/teams/neighborhood approaches for reducing hospitalizations/ER visits.