Final Version of Community-Based Palliative Care Consensus Standards Available Now

The finalized version of the Community-Based Palliative Care Consensus Standards for California has recently been released by the California Advanced Illness Collaborative (CAIC). These Standards were developed by the CAIC to make high-quality palliative care available as a standard part of medical care for all Californians. Initiated and convened by Dr. Marcus Tygeson, MD, and […]


The Place of Spiritual Guidance in Palliative Care

Spirituality is often used as a coping strategy, with prayer, meditation, and mindfulness among the many spiritual resources patients use to help cope with the intensity of the pain they experience. – S​PIRITUAL CARE: What It Means, Why It Matters in Health Care This week, along with the rest of the country, we’re celebrating National Spiritual […]


CACCC – Breaking Down Cultural Barriers to End-of-Life Conversations

For more than 12 years, the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC) has been key in overcoming cultural and language barriers in the Chinese community when it comes to end-of-life conversations. By providing comprehensive education, training, and outreach in end-of-life to caregivers, volunteers, and healthcare professionals, CACCC continues to fill in the gaps between […]


Legislative Update: SB 294 Hospice Palliative Care

Good news! Governor Brown has signed SB 294 (Hernandez) into law.  This bill explicitly allows a licensed hospice to provide palliative care services concurrently with curative treatment to a person who does not have a terminal prognosis or who has not elected to receive hospice services. (Read our earlier blog posts on this bill here.) […]


ESRD Network 18: Encouraging Conversation Among Patients, Providers, and Families

End-stage renal disease (ESRD) – also known as kidney failure – is not reversible. And unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation spread about the disease and treatments. As such, the ESRD Network 18 of Southern California works to promote positive change within the medical communities that serve patients with chronic kidney disease. This includes dialysis, […]


Job Announcement – Program Director

Are you passionate about palliative care? Do you want to support the movement to make palliative care a normal part of health care for everyone who is seriously ill? Do you love project management? The Sacramento-based Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is looking for a dynamic individual who is passionate about palliative care […]


New round of PCORI grants focus on palliative care, fund studies in California

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced their recent grant awards—approving nearly $74 million to fund studies on strategies for delivering effective palliative care. These grants show not only an interest in palliative care at a national level, but of the seven studies funded, two are centered in California. California often leads the field when […]


We Need Your Voice: Senate Health Care Bill Putting Coverage of 37 Million Children at Risk

Currently, the Senate is considering a health care bill that puts Medi-Cal, and other state Medicaid programs, at risk. Nearly half of California’s children are covered by Medi-Cal which means that over 5 million kids are in danger of losing coverage. That’s why we’re asking you to join Dr. Chris Feudtner and the Hospice and Palliative […]


Good News on AB 937

CCCC has achieved a significant win on Assembly Bill 937 (Eggman), which would have prevented unnamed surrogates from speaking for their incapacitated loved ones. CCCC feared that the bill, in its current form, would cause more harm than good. (You can learn more about AB 937 here.) AB 937’s author, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, has decided […]