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 […]


Distinguishing POLST from Death with Dignity Statutes

This post is shared here with permission from the National POLST Paradigm Task Force. Approved by the National POLST Paradigm Task Force on September 18, 2015 Some may have questions about the critical distinction between the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) movement and Death with Dignity (DWD) legislation. A fundamental difference between POLST and DWD […]


Sacramento Community Screening: ‘Being Mortal’ at the State Capitol on September 15

A great deal of attention is being paid to end-of-life decisions and to the value of each of us talking with our families and other loved ones about our wishes and preferences during the last days or months of life. CCCC and the Government Action & Communication Institute invite you to join us for a […]


CCCC voices strong support for CMS-1631-P

In July 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed update to the physician payment schedule which includes a recommendation to make advance care planning services a separately payable service under Medicare. Supporters of the proposed update were encouraged to submit comments in favor of the new rule before the Sept. […]


Webinar on Sept. 14, 2015: Getting paid for Advance Care Planning discussions

Show Me the Reimbursement: Getting paid for advance care planning discussions CPT codes and more! What happens in health care is directly tied to what is paid for by insurance, and advance care planning conversations often don’t happen due to a lack of reimbursement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently proposed […]


Palliative pooches: When dogs make the rounds

As a nursing home and palliative care physician, my work can be heart-wrenching. My patients and their families are often facing extremely difficult decisions as we walk the path of serious illness together. However, over the last 20 years I’ve found that taking my dogs with me to do patient care tends to lighten my […]