Cordt T. Kassner, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Kassner is a hospice and end-of-life healthcare analyst. He incorporated Hospice Analytics in 2008 to work with Medicare and other national databases to increase access to and utilization of high-quality end-of-life care. In 2023, He incorporated Hospice & Palliative Care Today, a daily news aggregation service focused on understanding the current landscape of serious illness and end-of-life care.

He earned degrees in Social Work (BS, Illinois State University)Counseling (MA, Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary), and Health & Behavioral Sciences (PhD, University of Colorado-Denver). He is currently enrolled in the Colorado School of Public Health's Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Biostatistics. His prior work experience includes serving as CEO of the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (now HHAC), and clinical and research responsibilities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. While co-chairing the University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Committee, Cordt founded the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum (CHEF), serving as president for 5 years and a board member for 11 years. He has served as a "translator" of information between administration/clinical healthcare professionals and researchers/statisticians for over 30 years. He serves as Data Analyst for the Louisiana~Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Cordt serves and has served on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees and has facilitated over 200 workshops and presentations. Current Board service includes the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO), the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland (HPCNM), and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care (PPHPC). Cordt is a Chair Emeritus of the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) Board of Directors. He has served on three recent Medicare Technical Expert Panels for Hospice Quality. Cordt has served on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 1992, and in 2012 was also invited to serve on the faculty at Duke University. Cordt participates as a Scientist with the MJHS Institute in Palliative Care team. In conjunction with MJHS, Cordt is working with colleagues at Columbia University and Rand Corporation on a NIH grant focused on hospice use in nursing homes. He served as a hospice volunteer for several years. In 2022, Cordt founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit Center for Healthcare Analytics to support Colorado's response to COVID-19. Cordt can be reached directly by phone 719-209-1237 and email