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 […]


Webinar on Oct. 22: How to Successfully Integrate a Palliative Care Program Into Any Organization

Integrate Vs. Implement: How to Successfully Integrate a Palliative Care Program Into Any Organization Are you are trying to implement a new palliative care program and not getting a lot of support from your organization? If you do have a program, do you find many who could benefit from palliative care are not accessing it? Break […]


White paper: Snapshots of Palliative Care Practices highlights factors that facilitate or impede success in palliative care

Snapshots of Palliative Care Practices was compiled as part of a session on palliative care capacity, need, and resources at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Annual Summit in April 2015. White paper authors Kathleen Kerr and Kate Meyers, MPP, asked attendees to share examples of their approaches to working with patients, working with […]


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 […]


Respondents needed for Palliative care workforce needs assessment survey

Workforce assessment aims to assess gap between perceived palliative care workforce needs and actual number of trained professionals. The increasing number of individuals living with chronic and serious conditions has a direct impact on the care you provide and the staff you need to care for them. Organizations throughout California and across the country are […]


Webinar: Providing spiritual care to palliative care patients

Chaplains trained in palliative care add tremendous value to the health care team by addressing the spiritual needs faced by patients dealing with a serious illness. Tune into our webinar on Wednesday, June 17, and learn about the spiritual issues commonly faced by palliative care patients and their families. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Noon-1 p.m. […]


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 […]


Webinar on May 28: Talking with Advanced Elderly Patients about Risks

If Only Someone Had Warned Us: Talking with Patients about Risks Thursday, May 28 Webinar: Noon to 1 p.m. (PST) CCCC Members: $49 // Non-members: $99 1 CEU included for nurses, social workers and chaplains. View registration page for more details. It’s time to take another look at the care we provide to the pre-terminal and […]


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 […]