Community-based advance care planning champions trained in East Bay

Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project making it easier for East Bay residents to talk about the end of life On May 30, 2014, the Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project hosted a one-day program to train community-based champions and coaches to promote advance care planning throughout the East Bay. The training, funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, was […]

Educational guides help patients make decisions about life-sustaining treatments

Decision Guides for life-sustaining treatment For healthcare professionals, having a conversation about goals of care and life-sustaining treatments with seriously-ill patients and their loved ones can be difficult. Decision Guides for life-sustaining treatments is an educational series designed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) that explains complex topics associated with these difficult conversations using […]

Survey: Outpatient palliative care

In order to assess California’s readiness to provide the best possible care to individuals with serious illness and their families, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), in collaboration with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, is conducting a state-wide assessment of the availability of outpatient palliative care services. Who should take the survey on outpatient […]

Study shows end-of-life wishes are respected through POLST

By Judy Citko Thomas, J.D. | @JudyThomasJD Chair, National POLST Paradigm Task Force Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California A new study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society shows that participating in the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program can effectively influence the care patients receive at the end of […]

Patients’ End-of-Life Wishes Granted, Study Finds (Wall Street Journal)

Filling Out Special Form Results in Desired Treatment in Final Days, According to Research on Oregon Deaths By Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal Read the full story at Patients who document their end-of-life wishes using a special medical form get the specific care they want in their final days, according to a study published online in the […]

L.A.-area healthcare providers to issue guidelines for end-of-life care (Los Angeles Times)

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times Read the original article here. On Thursday, a coalition of Los Angeles-area healthcare providers — caring for millions of Angelenos among them — will endorse some groundbreaking guidelines designed to help patients … take more control over their final months, weeks and days. The hospitals will urge their doctors […]

6th annual conference is a success

From the opening keynote address by David Casarett, MD, to the closing keynote from Ira Byock, MD, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s 6th Annual Conference and Summit truly captured the best of the present and future in palliative care. Our conference theme was “Exploring New Horizons for Palliative Care.” The fantastic line-up of […]

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California launches new website—aims to be state resource for palliative and end-of-life care

Those with a keen eye on the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) should have noticed a silent launch of our newly redesigned websites at and The websites went live in early March, after undergoing a major facelift and reorganization. Visitors to can be broken down to two main categories: health […]

Small mercies: Program for children with life-threatening conditions shows early success

A child is desperately ill, and a family faces a stark choice: Should they try to save the child’s life with therapeutic treatments, or ease the pain through hospice and other pain-relief services? This is the current dilemma of families seeking support through Medicaid to care for a child with a life-threatening illness. Under current […]