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 […]


Do no harm: 5 things to consider before hospitalizing or operating on pre-terminal and advanced elderly patients

As a physician, time and time again I have heard from my peers that prognostication is difficult and unreliable. But perhaps it is more accurate to say that as physicians, we just aren’t good at it any more. Prognostic education all but disappeared in the 1980s1)Christakis, NA, “The Ellipsis of Prognosis in Modern Medical Thought”. […]


Webinar | Feb. 11, 2015 | How Public Policy is Shaping Palliative Care

Never before has interest in palliative care been so great! Even public policy makers are jumping onto the band wagon. There’s a lot in the works, including new statutes, pending legislation and regulations. Tune in to “The Changing Landscape” for an in-depth look at bills and regulations impacting palliative care in California, and find out what […]


Office hours confirmed for 7th Annual palliative care Summit

Last year, “office hours”—the chance to meet face-to-face with experts in the fields of palliative medicine and end-of-life care—was voted one of the most helpful components of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Annual Summit. That’s why I’m excited to announce we just posted all confirmed office hours for the Summit in 2015! Check out the […]


Thinking Ahead Matters: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California releases white paper on conservatorship and supported decision-making for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

In a new white paper, “Thinking Ahead Matters: Supporting and improving healthcare decision-making and end-of-life planning for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), in partnership with Mildred Consulting, has undertaken an effort to understand more about the conservatorship of people with developmental disabilities, with the aim of fostering […]


January 2015: California policy update on palliative care and POLST

Proposed legislation: CCCC sponsoring POLST registry legislation On December 1, 2014, California Senator Lois Wolk introduced Senate Bill 19, a bill that would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of increasing access to completed […]


Medi-Cal working to provide access to palliative care for adults thanks to SB 1004

On January 1, 2015, an important law impacting access to palliative care in California went into effect. Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez) requires Medi-Cal to issue guidance on the medical conditions and prognoses that make a beneficiary eligible for palliative care, and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure the delivery of palliative […]