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, […]


Partnership HealthPlan of California: Walking the Walk When It Comes to Advance Care Planning

For Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), its commitment to helping members through advance care planning (ACP) conversations and documents isn’t enough. In addition to highlighting the importance of ACP for its members, the health plan does the same for its staff. Recently, the CCCC consulting team led five trainings for PHC to promote advance care […]


CCCC “conversation guide” adapted for Australian audience

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) continues to grow our coalition-building efforts outside of California. The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC), based at The University of Sydney, partnered with CCCC to adapt an advance care planning facilitator guide for use by staff in Australian senior centers, and independent and assisted living facilities. The […]


Consulting Client of the Month: Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH)

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California recently worked with the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) to provide introductory palliative care training for California’s Health Home for Patients with Complex Needs (HHPCN). The Health Home program has several policy goals, including the goal to “integrate palliative care into primary care delivery,” per direction from […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


New online courses aim to educate physicians and other healthcare professionals on advance care planning

CSU Institute for Palliative Care launches comprehensive continuing education programs focused on advance care planning conversations and billing SAN MARCOS, CA – In response to the nation’s growing demand for physicians trained in advance care planning conversations, the California State University Institute for Palliative Care partnered with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California to […]


Webinar: “What Would This Patient Want?” Identifying delirium and its impact on advance care planning

“What Would This Patient Want?” Identifying delirium and its impact on advance care planning Thursday, April 21, 2016 Noon to 1 p.m. PT Register Now CCCC Members: $49 Just $24 after the Summit attendee discount! Non-Members: $99 $74 after Summit attendee discount 2016 Summit Attendees get $25 off registration! Register for the Summit by April […]