Report: California Making Progress Toward a Supportive Environment for End-of-Life Care

New 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 […]


California gets “B” on Palliative Care Report Card

A 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 […]


Looking for palliative care everywhere

By Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President & CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. The following post is re-blogged with permission. The California HealthCare Foundation is charting the spread of palliative care across the state and, while progress has been made, the supply is uneven. When I started practicing medicine more than three decades ago, there […]


POLST registry logical next step to ensure end-of-life wishes are honored

In 2008, California passed a key bill in the state’s history on healthcare decisions and life-sustaining treatment. Assembly Bill 3000 established Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into law and gave patients a voice in deciding whether or not they want life-sustaining treatments when they are seriously-ill or approaching the end of life. Now, […]


Ethnographic study: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life

New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more, and download the report. Health care providers who work with patients toward the end of life are sometimes surprised by the ways patients and […]


Palliative Care & EOL Headlines, November 7, 2014

New ethnographic study released: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more and download. Briefing: Exploring the need for a […]


PCAP Webinar | Palliative Care Payers Toolkit: How Payers are Supporting Palliative Care

Introducing the Palliative Care Payers Toolkit: How Payers are Supporting Palliative Care Thursday, October 9, 2014 Noon to 1 p.m. Free CEs: $25 Over the last year, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)—in partnership with the National Business Group on Health and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)—has been working on an initiative program with payers […]


Survey: Outpatient palliative care

In order to assess California’s readiness to provide the best possible care to individuals with serious illness and their families, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), in collaboration with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, is conducting a state-wide assessment of the availability of outpatient palliative care services. Who should take the survey on outpatient […]


L.A.-area healthcare providers to issue guidelines for end-of-life care (Los Angeles Times)

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times Read the original article here. On Thursday, a coalition of Los Angeles-area healthcare providers — caring for millions of Angelenos among them — will endorse some groundbreaking guidelines designed to help patients … take more control over their final months, weeks and days. The hospitals will urge their doctors […]