California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and more

When it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission. Here is what you need to know… PROPOSED LEGISLATION NEW AB […]


Coalition for Compassionate Care of California hosts annual palliative care Summit in Sacramento, CA

Palliative Care: A Call to Action Palliative care is a movement and you’re a part of it! Join with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and leaders in the palliative care community as we answer a call to action and explore opportunities that will shape the future of health care in California and across […]


Why Is Dr. Ira Byock Going To The CCCC 7th Annual Summit?

Everyone has a reason for attending the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 7th Annual Summit on April 14-15, 2015. Find out why Dr. Ira Byock is going! Ira Byock, MD, is Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Providence’s Institute for Human Caring, and one of California’s leaders in palliative care. Register by March 20 and […]


Using crowdfunding and telehealth to run a palliative care practice

Innovations in health technology are making it possible to provide health care for traditionally hard to reach populations. Learn how palliative care physician, Michael Fratkin, MD, used crowdfunding to launch a start-up medical practice, and is now using telehealth technology to reach patients in underserved and rural communities. Out of the Box: How Technology & […]


Join us for first SB 1004 stakeholder meeting in February 2015

Implementation of Senate Bill 1004—which requires the state to establish standards for Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure delivery of palliative care services—is one of many factors which will transform palliative care in California. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is working closely with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on establishing these […]


Webinar | Feb. 11, 2015 | How Public Policy is Shaping Palliative Care

Never before has interest in palliative care been so great! Even public policy makers are jumping onto the band wagon. There’s a lot in the works, including new statutes, pending legislation and regulations. Tune in to “The Changing Landscape” for an in-depth look at bills and regulations impacting palliative care in California, and find out what […]


January 2015: California policy update on palliative care and POLST

Proposed legislation: CCCC sponsoring POLST registry legislation On December 1, 2014, California Senator Lois Wolk introduced Senate Bill 19, a bill that would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of increasing access to completed […]


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 […]


National Cat Day: Oscar, the palliative care cat

In honor of National Cat Day, we pay tribute to extraordinary felines providing a special kind of care. Over the past few years cats have been making headlines about how they can provide comfort to patients and families dealing with critical illnesses or nearing the end of life. While not professionally trained, one could say these […]