Assessing progress on the ‘Dying in America’ report

California’s efforts around advance care planning and palliative care received national attention at a meeting hosted by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2016. A joint report by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the California Health Care Foundation, Dying in California, was featured at the meeting. CCCC CEO Judy Thomas, JD, […]


National task force recognizes California for “mature” POLST program

Majority of California healthcare settings recognize POLST as the preferred method of recording treatment preferences for persons with advanced illness or frailty SNAPSHOTS: California just one of three states recognized as having a “mature” POLST program To achieve “mature” status a state’s POLST program must be implemented and recognized in every region of the state […]


Judy Thomas named Practice Change Leader by John A. Hartford Foundation

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce that Judy Thomas, JD, CEO, was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of Practice Change Leaders, a program of Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation. As part of the Practice Change Leaders program, Thomas will be implementing the California Advanced Illness […]


Thanks to Diana Dooley, California is ahead of the curve

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director Coalition for Compassionate Care of California @JudyThomasJD Re-blogged from California Healthline in response to “Should palliative care be reformed?“ When it comes to public policy around end-of-life care, state and federal policymakers have been in very different places. At the federal level, good end-of-life care became associated with “death […]