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 […]


Briefing: Exploring the need for a POLST registry in California

Join the California HealthCare Foundation, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and others, to explore the potential benefits of creating an online POLST registry, share results from Oregon’s successful POLST registry implementation, and discuss findings of a recent assessment that identified factors related to establishing a POLST registry in California. Wednesday, December 3, 2014 […]


Gov. Brown signs SB 1004, Medi-Cal to cover palliative care for adults

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director Coalition for Compassionate Care of California @JudyThomasJD Yesterday afternoon California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez), which will require Medi-Cal to establish standards and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans and ensure the delivery of palliative care services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. SB 1004 requires that […]


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 […]