Tell CMS you support Medicare payment for advance care planning

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed update to the physician payment schedule which includes a recommendation to make advance care planning services a separately payable service under Medicare. This recommendation is a game changer for Coalition for Compassionate Care of California supporters, and brings us one step […]


How to engage community members in advance care planning

Why it is important to talk about what is deeply meaningful From its beginnings, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has fostered collaboration to improve how we prepare for medical decisions when we are facing serious illness or the dying process. Public engagement has been an integral part of the Coalition’s work, involving countless community and […]


Snapshot: Advance care planning reduces health care costs

Advance care planning reduces health care costs Advance care planning (ACP) supports patients and families in discussing and documenting care preferences, with the goal of ensuring that the care patients receive is aligned with their goals, values and priorities. In many instances, when asked about their preferences, patients and families will prioritize remaining in the […]


Snapshot: Advance care planning promotes compliance with patients’ wishes and improves satisfaction

Advance care planning promotes compliance with patients’ wishes and improves satisfaction Advance care planning (ACP) extends patient autonomy by allowing individuals, particularly those with progressive illness, to reflect on and articulate their preferences for medical care in advance of medical crises that might impede their ability to speak for themselves. Through the mechanisms of open […]


Advance care planning and the LGBT community

End-of-life care discussions foster community in the families we create Engaging others in end of life discussions requires intentionality, introspection, and openness. This is true within traditional family structures, but it is even more crucial among those who are not legally related, including most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, and others whose loves […]


How medical directors can make the most of advance care programs and POLST

Despite recent gains in public awareness, studies indicate most Americans have not completed an advance health care directive or designated someone to make decisions about their health care in the event they cannot speak for themselves. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study1)Pew Research Center. Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments. November 2013., 72% of […]


April 16 declared Healthcare Decisions Day in California

SR 17 urges Californians to communicate healthcare preferences before medical crisis occurs The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to announce that April 16 has been declared Healthcare Decisions Day in California. The proclamation was authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19) through Senate Resolution 17. The resolution urges all Californians to communicate their […]


Coalition for Compassionate Care of California appoints clinical director of consulting services

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce an expansion of the advance care planning consulting service with the appointment of Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, as Clinical Director of Consulting Services. Shirley Otis-Green is an award-winning licensed clinical social worker recognized by the Project on Death in America and the […]