Assessing progress on the ‘Dying in America’ report

California’s efforts around advance care planning and palliative care received national attention at a meeting hosted by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2016. A joint report by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the California Health Care Foundation, Dying in California, was featured at the meeting. CCCC CEO Judy Thomas, JD, […]

PCHETA: Federal legislation in support of palliative care

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is been an active participant in the federal Patient Quality of Life Coalition (PQLC), which has been working to educate federal legislators about the importance of palliative care and encourages support for legislation that provides patients greater access to palliative care services. The PQLC’s focus for 2016 is […]

Medi-Cal reimburses for advance care planning

In another significant step forward to normalize and support advance care planning conversations—and a win for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—Medi-Cal is following Medicare’s lead by using codes to allow billing by providers for advance care planning discussions with beneficiaries under the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes 99497 and 99498. The federal Medicare program […]

California Children’s Services: Hearing set for June 28 on CCS Redesign Bill

The Assembly Committee on Health has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 586, which addresses the future of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program and the state’s proposed plans to move some children covered by CCS into managed care. Advocacy groups recently proposed revised language for the bill, which was introduced in February 2015. The […]

We need your vote: SOCAP 2016

The American healthcare system is broken. And people with a serious illness or who are nearing the end of life are most at risk. Working in partnership with Anthony Back, MD, Rebecca Sudore, MD, and Angelo Volandes, MD, I have a chance to raise the profile of how advance care planning can revolutionize the healthcare system […]

Coalition members save 10% on all courses with the CSU Institute for Palliative Care

Starting today, members of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California receive a 10% discount on all education programs offered by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, including Effective Advance Care Planning: Skill Building for Everyone, a newly launched curriculum co-designed by CCCC. The CSU Institute for Palliative Care offers instructor-led and self-paced […]

2016 Annual Summit was a success!

From the opening keynote address to the closing session on ethical communication, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 8th Annual Summit truly lived up to the theme to ignite, inspire, innovate–and take palliative care to the next level. The Summit highlighted the importance of patient-centered care, with two clear themes emerging: Working with patients as […]

National task force recognizes California for “mature” POLST program

Majority of California healthcare settings recognize POLST as the preferred method of recording treatment preferences for persons with advanced illness or frailty SNAPSHOTS: California just one of three states recognized as having a “mature” POLST program To achieve “mature” status a state’s POLST program must be implemented and recognized in every region of the state […]

Use checklists, probing questions to boost providers’, patients’ use of ACP (Part B News)

This article originally appeared in Part B News. Many providers have trouble initiating and engaging in advance care planning (ACP) discussions with their patients — and sometimes vice versa. But simple techniques and guidelines can help both parties buy in for improved care and increased practice revenue. Providers often support the service but rarely perform it, […]