Art inspires social change around aging

The Seniority explains the importance of ‘aging in place’ By Vicki Nelson, Executive Director Compassionate Care Alliance A recent reading of The Seniority in Big Sur left audience members invigorated about aging. Aging is not a topic typically embraced with much excitement, but by the end of the theatrical presentation the California coastal community of […]


Media training educates ethnic journalists on palliative and end-of-life care

By Liz Salmi, Director of Communications Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Research conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) shows attitudes and experiences surrounding the end of life, when broken down by race and ethnicity, vary widely. For the second year in a row the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and CHCF teamed […]


24/7 online training now available for California POLST form

Are you one of those providers that keeps hearing about POLST and knows you need to learn more but simply don’t have time? Are you a California healthcare professional who’s heard about the new form but haven’t had a chance to learn more? You are not alone! The California State University Institute for Palliative Care […]


Gov. Brown signs SB 1004, Medi-Cal to cover palliative care for adults

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director Coalition for Compassionate Care of California @JudyThomasJD Yesterday afternoon California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez), which will require Medi-Cal to establish standards and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans and ensure the delivery of palliative care services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. SB 1004 requires that […]


November 3 | Building Bridges workshop: Cultural Diversity and End-of-Life Care

By Keeta Scholl, Education Coordinator Coalition for Compassionate Care of California The Building Bridges workshop by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to explore your own cultural biases and apply what you’ve learned toward your work with seriously-ill patients. Building Bridges: Cultural Diversity & End-of-Life Care November 3, […]


PCAP Webinar | Palliative Care Payers Toolkit: How Payers are Supporting Palliative Care

Introducing the Palliative Care Payers Toolkit: How Payers are Supporting Palliative Care Thursday, October 9, 2014 Noon to 1 p.m. Free CEs: $25 Over the last year, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)—in partnership with the National Business Group on Health and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)—has been working on an initiative program with payers […]


6 things you should be doing to prepare for the new POLST

By Judy Thomas, JD Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California @JudyThomasJD The new California POLST goes into effect on October 1, 2014. Here are 6 things you should be doing right now to prepare for the new form. Order new POLST forms from Med-Pass. Familiarize yourself with the new form: download a copy […]


Broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach

New IOM study shows access to quality end-of-life care may contribute to a more sustainable health system By Judy Thomas, JD | @JudyThomasJD Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California A newly released report from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) shows a substantial body of evidence that broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach. Dying […]


2014 POLST: Key talking points for healthcare providers

By the POLST Physician Leadership Council The POLST Physician Leadership Council is a group of California physicians representing multiple specialties who collaborate on POLST education and tools for healthcare professionals, patients, their families and others. The new POLST form goes into effect on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Here is everything a healthcare provider needs to […]


Thanks to Diana Dooley, California is ahead of the curve

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director Coalition for Compassionate Care of California @JudyThomasJD Re-blogged from California Healthline in response to “Should palliative care be reformed?“ When it comes to public policy around end-of-life care, state and federal policymakers have been in very different places. At the federal level, good end-of-life care became associated with “death […]