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 […]


Respondents needed for Palliative care workforce needs assessment survey

Workforce assessment aims to assess gap between perceived palliative care workforce needs and actual number of trained professionals. The increasing number of individuals living with chronic and serious conditions has a direct impact on the care you provide and the staff you need to care for them. Organizations throughout California and across the country are […]


Advance care planning and the LGBT community

End-of-life care discussions foster community in the families we create Engaging others in end of life discussions requires intentionality, introspection, and openness. This is true within traditional family structures, but it is even more crucial among those who are not legally related, including most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, and others whose loves […]


Webinar: Providing spiritual care to palliative care patients

Chaplains trained in palliative care add tremendous value to the health care team by addressing the spiritual needs faced by patients dealing with a serious illness. Tune into our webinar on Wednesday, June 17, and learn about the spiritual issues commonly faced by palliative care patients and their families. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Noon-1 p.m. […]