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 […]


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 WSJ.com. 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 […]