Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez) is designed to expand access to palliative care services for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan enrollees.
California’s Medi-Cal program serves over 13 million people, and of those, over 10 million are in a Managed Care Plan (MCP).
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is working directly with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to shape the standards by which MCPs will ensure access to palliative care for Medi-Cal enrollees.
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January 12, 2017JANUARY 11, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)—The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) shared a 2017-18 budget document yesterday showing that Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to delay the implementation of a program that would expand access to palliative care services for Medi-Cal Managed Health Care Plan enrollees. DHCS had previously indicated April 2016 as the ...
November 9, 2016How can public policy influence access to palliative care services in California?
This important topic will be addressed by Jennifer Kent, MPA, director of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in a general session at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 9th annual palliative care summit.
Reserve your spot today!
Kent is supportive of ...
August 24, 2016UPDATED Sept. 8. 2016:
On Sept. 8, 2016, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) held a webinar to review its policy paper (PDF) describing General Eligibility and Disease-Specific Eligibility Criteria under Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez).
The next step in implementing this legislation is for DHCS to draft and distribute an “All Plan Letter” to instruct ...
October 22, 2015New Study Benchmarks the State’s Progress Against IOM Report
SACRAMENTO, CA—A year after the release of a landmark report on death and dying in America, a new state-based report finds that California is making strides to create a more supportive environment for people facing serious illness.
Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care – the ...
October 9, 2015A state-by-state report card by the Center to Advance Palliative Care demonstrates that access to palliative care remains inadequate for millions of Americans living with serious illness despite continuing growth in the number of U.S. hospitals reporting palliative care programs.
California received a “B” grade in the report.
Scores for the ten most populous states are as ...
June 11, 2015
Department of Health Care Services seeks comments on quality measures for Medi-Cal’s pilot palliative care serviceUPDATE (June 25, 2015): The Department of Health Care Services extended the deadline to comment on the quality measures for the Medi-Cal pilot palliative care service. People interested in providing comments have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015.
Stakeholder meeting unveils performance measures, consumer and provider education for SB 1004
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) ...
May 18, 2015Despite growing recognition of the value and cost-effectiveness of palliative care services, there continues to be significant disparities in how palliative care is defined, delivered and evaluated—not just in California, but across the nation.
Through the implementation of SB 1004, California’s Medi-Cal system has a unique opportunity to serve as a leader in the creation of ...
March 20, 2015
California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and moreWhen it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks.
The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission.
Here is what you need to know…
NEW AB 637: Bill would allow ...
February 17, 2015Implementation of Senate Bill 1004—which requires the state to establish standards for Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure delivery of palliative care services—is one of many factors which will transform palliative care in California.
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is working closely with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on establishing these standards.
January 29, 2015Never before has interest in palliative care been so great! Even public policy makers are jumping onto the band wagon.
There’s a lot in the works, including new statutes, pending legislation and regulations.
Tune in to “The Changing Landscape” for an in-depth look at bills and regulations impacting palliative care in California, and find out what this means ...