Pediatric palliative care program reduces stress and worry for caregivers, study says

An article published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing shows that caregivers of children with serious illnesses also receive benefits from palliative care. The article, Impact of a Pediatric Palliative Care Program on the Caregiver Experience, takes a look at the California pediatric palliative care waiver Partners for […]


Department of Health Care Services seeks comments on quality measures for Medi-Cal’s pilot palliative care service

UPDATE (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 […]


CCCC submits recommendations to Medi-Cal regarding implementation of SB 1004

Despite 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 […]


Medi-Cal working to provide access to palliative care for adults thanks to SB 1004

On January 1, 2015, an important law impacting access to palliative care in California went into effect. Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez) requires Medi-Cal to issue guidance on the medical conditions and prognoses that make a beneficiary eligible for palliative care, and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure the delivery of palliative […]