Advance care planning codes included in 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

UPDATE: A complete FAQ about Medicare reimbursement for advance care planning conversations has been posted here. NOTE: While we make every effort to ensure our information is accurate, staff at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California are not Medicare billing experts. If you have detailed questions please consult with your own billing department. On […]


Report: California Making Progress Toward a Supportive Environment for End-of-Life Care

New Study Benchmarks the State’s Progress Against IOM Report SACRAMENTO, CA—A year after the release of a landmark report on death and dying in America, a new state-based report finds that California is making strides to create a more supportive environment for people facing serious illness. Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care […]


CPR: Your Chances of Survival Are Better on TV

Earlier this year, my team at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology conducted a study of two leading medical dramas airing between 2010 and 2011, Grey’s Anatomy and House. Patient characteristics, CPR survival rates, and goals of care discussions were recorded. The findings in the study clearly highlight the need for widespread public […]


Jan. 22, 2016: Let’s Talk: Bringing Advance Care Planning to Your Community

Let’s Talk: Bringing Advance Care Planning to Your Community Start the new year off right by engaging your community in advance care planning! Learn how to get “the conversation” started, understand the nuts and bolts of advance directives, and navigate discussions on health care decision making. Friday, January 22, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EARLY […]


California gets “B” on Palliative Care Report Card

A state-by-state report card by the Center to Advance Palliative Care demonstrates that access to palliative care remains inadequate for millions of Americans living with serious illness despite continuing growth in the number of U.S. hospitals reporting palliative care programs. California received a “B” grade in the report. Scores for the ten most populous states […]


What you need to know about AB 637 and POLST

As of January 1, 2016, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants will be authorized to sign California POLST forms. Background Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), which was introduced in California through legislation (AB 3000) in 2008, is a medical order that gives seriously-ill patients more control over their care. Produced on a distinctive bright pink […]


Decision aids about life-sustaining treatment now available in Vietnamese

CCCC’s popular decision guides are now available in Vietnamese thanks to a generous donation from 24/7 Care At Home. Topics include artificial hydration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), mechanical ventilation, and tube feeding. The Guides are also available in English, Chinese and Spanish. View all Decision Guides for Life-Sustaining Treatment. For healthcare professionals, having a conversation about […]


Webinar on Oct. 22: How to Successfully Integrate a Palliative Care Program Into Any Organization

Integrate Vs. Implement: How to Successfully Integrate a Palliative Care Program Into Any Organization Are you are trying to implement a new palliative care program and not getting a lot of support from your organization? If you do have a program, do you find many who could benefit from palliative care are not accessing it? Break […]


Gov. Brown signs bill establishing pilot project to enable electronic access to end-of-life orders, POLST

Pilot program sets stage for statewide electronic registry of vital medical orders On Mon., Oct. 5, 2015, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed Senate Bill 19, establishing a pilot project—to be known as the California POLST eRegistry Pilot—which would enable healthcare providers to electronically submit and access patients’ POLST forms, ensuring immediate access to this […]