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 […]


Gov. Brown signs AB 637 allowing NPs and PAs to sign POLST forms

Nurse practitioners, physician assistants able to sign medical orders for life-sustaining treatment preferences starting January 2016 Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 637, authorizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants, under the direction of a physician and within their scope of practice, to sign Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms and make them actionable medical […]


Tell CMS you support Medicare payment for advance care planning

Earlier this month 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. This recommendation is a game changer for Coalition for Compassionate Care of California supporters, and brings us one step […]


Action Alert: Urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 637

Good news! AB 637 (Campos) passed out of the Senate with a vote of 36 to 2. This bill will allow California nurse practitioners and physician assistants acting under the supervision of a physician, and within their scope of practice, to sign a POLST form. The Governor has 14 days after the bill reaches his […]