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 […]


A right to be shocked? Crowdsourcing resurrection (Part 1)

By David J Casarett, MD Author of “Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.” When 87 year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at the Glenwood Gardens retirement community in Bakersfield California on February 26, 2013, no one at the scene could have predicted the national media uproar that was about to engulf them. And they certainly […]


Coalition launches national consulting service for Advance Care Planning

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce we now offer a nationwide Advance Care Planning Consulting Service for healthcare providers. ACP Integration Services Our Advance Care Planning (ACP) consulting service works with healthcare organizations to design effective, yet cost-efficient customized Advance Care Planning solutions that result in a quality experience for […]


Have better conversations about goals of care in Chinese and Spanish

Decision Guides on life-sustaining treatments available in Chinese and Spanish translations The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce that our popular Decision Guides are now available in Chinese and Spanish translations. Decision Guides is an educational series that explains the complex topic of life-sustaining treatments, using consumer-friendly language along with evidence-based […]


July 31 Webinar | Listening Deeply: Lessons In Decision-Making From 24 Families

Palliative Care Access Project (PCAP) Webinar Listening Deeply: Lessons In Decision-Making From 24 Families Learn seven lessons to better to support your patients with medical decision-making. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and Point Forward joined forces to better understand the experience of patients and their loved ones with medical decision-making in the face […]