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 […]


POLST in 2014: What healthcare professionals need to know

The new California POLST goes into effect on October 1, 2014, and healthcare professionals must take note of key changes to the form. POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a physician order signed by both a doctor and patient that specifies the types of medical treatment a patient wishes to receive toward the end […]


In death, inmates want respect

My experience at the San Quentin State Prison Health Fair It was 8:30 a.m. on an August morning and I was listening to a trustee at the chapel inside of San Quentin State Prison tell me and other public health professionals about our assignments for the 11th Annual San Quentin Health Fair. “Only talk to […]


CCCC now offering CEs for monthly webinars

Due to popular demand, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to offer continuing education units (CEs) for nurses, social workers and chaplains through our monthly webinars. CCCC webinars are FREE for Coalition members and $30 for non-members. CEs will be offered for an additional $25. Not a member? Join the Coalition! Annual membership […]


A right to be shocked? Crowdsourcing resurrection (Part 2)

By David J Casarett, MD Author of “Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.” Part 2 in a two-part blog series from David Casarett, MD. Read Part 1 here. Welcome to the strange new revolution in crowdsourcing resurrection. This revolution has been a long time coming. Way back in the 18th century, concerned citizens […]


Orange County POLST Coalition uses Conversation Café model to amplify local advance care planning efforts

By Christine Chow, MSG Orange County Aging Services Collaborative Orange County POLST Coalition If you work or volunteer in the world of palliative medicine and end-of-life care you know there can never be enough outreach and awareness when it comes to advance care planning. The question always remains: how can you take a topic surrounded […]