Looking for palliative care everywhere

By Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President & CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. The following post is re-blogged with permission. The California HealthCare Foundation is charting the spread of palliative care across the state and, while progress has been made, the supply is uneven. When I started practicing medicine more than three decades ago, there […]


California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and more

When it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission. Here is what you need to know… PROPOSED LEGISLATION NEW AB […]


Coalition for Compassionate Care of California hosts annual palliative care Summit in Sacramento, CA

Palliative Care: A Call to Action Palliative care is a movement and you’re a part of it! Join with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and leaders in the palliative care community as we answer a call to action and explore opportunities that will shape the future of health care in California and across […]


Redwing Keyssar and Napa Valley Hospice recognized for outstanding service, presented with Compassionate Care Leadership Awards

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, and Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services with the 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards. The awards recognize an individual and an organization that are changing the way we care for people who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life. […]


Change in law may affect advance directives notarized after Jan. 1, 2015

Californians who opt to have their advance directive notarized may encounter problems if the notary’s certificate of acknowledgement does not include a newly-mandated consumer-specific disclaimer. Effective January 1, 2015, California Civil Code sections 1189 and 1195 and California Government Code section 8202 require every acknowledgment, proof of execution of an instrument, and affidavit sworn to […]


Why Is Dr. Ira Byock Going To The CCCC 7th Annual Summit?

Everyone has a reason for attending the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 7th Annual Summit on April 14-15, 2015. Find out why Dr. Ira Byock is going! Ira Byock, MD, is Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Providence’s Institute for Human Caring, and one of California’s leaders in palliative care. Register by March 20 and […]


Using crowdfunding and telehealth to run a palliative care practice

Innovations in health technology are making it possible to provide health care for traditionally hard to reach populations. Learn how palliative care physician, Michael Fratkin, MD, used crowdfunding to launch a start-up medical practice, and is now using telehealth technology to reach patients in underserved and rural communities. Out of the Box: How Technology & […]


Join us for first SB 1004 stakeholder meeting in February 2015

Implementation of Senate Bill 1004—which requires the state to establish standards for Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure delivery of palliative care services—is one of many factors which will transform palliative care in California. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is working closely with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on establishing these […]


Free webinar helps advance care planning advocates plan for National Healthcare Decisions Day

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance care planning—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, CCCC is joining with NHDD, Health […]