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 […]


White paper: Snapshots of Palliative Care Practices highlights factors that facilitate or impede success in palliative care

Snapshots of Palliative Care Practices was compiled as part of a session on palliative care capacity, need, and resources at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Annual Summit in April 2015. White paper authors Kathleen Kerr and Kate Meyers, MPP, asked attendees to share examples of their approaches to working with patients, working with […]


August 18 Training: End-of-life care through a cultural lens

Providing culturally-congruent care is key to the delivery of person-centered care. Our Building Bridges workshop is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals and advocates to explore their own cultural biases, the role culture and ethnicity play at end of life, and role-play culturally sensitive discussions about palliative medicine and end-of-life care with patients and their […]


How to engage community members in advance care planning

Why it is important to talk about what is deeply meaningful From its beginnings, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has fostered collaboration to improve how we prepare for medical decisions when we are facing serious illness or the dying process. Public engagement has been an integral part of the Coalition’s work, involving countless community and […]


Snapshot: Advance care planning reduces health care costs

Advance care planning reduces health care costs Advance care planning (ACP) supports patients and families in discussing and documenting care preferences, with the goal of ensuring that the care patients receive is aligned with their goals, values and priorities. In many instances, when asked about their preferences, patients and families will prioritize remaining in the […]


Department of Health Care Services seeks comments on quality measures for Medi-Cal’s pilot palliative care service

UPDATE (June 25, 2015): The Department of Health Care Services extended the deadline to comment on the quality measures for the Medi-Cal pilot palliative care service. People interested in providing comments have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015. Stakeholder meeting unveils performance measures, consumer and provider education for SB 1004 The California Department of Health Care […]


Snapshot: Advance care planning promotes compliance with patients’ wishes and improves satisfaction

Advance care planning promotes compliance with patients’ wishes and improves satisfaction Advance care planning (ACP) extends patient autonomy by allowing individuals, particularly those with progressive illness, to reflect on and articulate their preferences for medical care in advance of medical crises that might impede their ability to speak for themselves. Through the mechanisms of open […]