CHCF to Fund Pilot Project to Develop an Electronic POLST Registry in California

San Diego and Contra Costa Counties to be pilot site locations The board of directors of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has approved a two-and-half year project to help develop an electronic registry for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). While New York, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia have established electronic registries that store, […]


Nearly half of California nursing home residents complete end-of-life care orders

Grassroots outreach has helped to bring attention to the form, but a UCLA-led study finds room for improvement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UCLA-led research finds broad acceptance of written end-of-life care orders among California nursing home residents, with nearly half completing a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in 2011. The study, published online […]


South Korean end of life delegation visits California

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) continues to grow our coalition-building efforts outside of California! Last month, an end of life delegation from South Korea traveled to California to learn more about best practices in POLST and advance care planning from CCCC. The delegation was comprised of representatives of the Korea Ministry of […]


When Goals of Care are not enough

UCLA program provides advance care planning and hospice to Santa Monica homeless community The scenario below, based on a real-life case, is only an example of the challenges that face healthcare practitioners as they approach Goals of Care discussions and completion of advance directives with their homeless patients. Knowing what our patients want and getting […]


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 […]