Palliative Care

Together with our partners, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is shaping the future of palliative care at the local, state, and national level. 

As the voice of palliative care in California, CCCC continuously incubates and disseminates models and ideas to improve access to quality care for people of all ages. Through advocacy, education, and resource development, CCCC is working to ensure that organizations and communities have the information, knowledge, and tools to create the future of palliative care.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is patient- and family-centered care that prioritizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating symptoms associated with serious illness while addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Generally, palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other specialists working together to provide patients an extra layer of support, regardless of age or stage of their serious illness. Studies show palliative care results in better patient and family satisfaction, improved home safety, and medication management, and can be provided alongside curative treatment, helping patients, families, and caregivers through challenging times.

Establishing Standards for Community-Based Palliative Care

In 2016, CCCC and Blue Shield of California convened individuals with expertise in palliative care, payment and policy advocacy, and health services research to form the “California Advanced Illness Collaborative” (CAIC). The mission of CAIC was to improve the quality of care delivered to Californians with advanced illness, with an initial strategy of increasing access to palliative care. Learn more about our work to create and pilot test Consensus Standards For Community-Based Palliative Care.

Patient Engagement

CCCC is dedicated to engaging palliative care patients and their caregivers, and providing opportunities to share their valuable perspective and elevate the authentic patient voice in healthcare communications. 

Learn more about our work with Patient Engagement.

Palliative Care Tools & Resources

View and download custom tools, presentations, studies, and fact sheets about palliative care on our Tools & Resources page.

Palliative Care & Public Policy

CCCC tracks legislation for our members and serves as a resource for policymakers who want accurate, objective information about palliative medicine and quality, compassionate care at the end of life.

View a list of current legislation and learn about our work on palliative care legislation and policy.

Pediatric Palliative Care

CCCC works toward its vision that Californians of all ages are able to live well in the face of serious illness, including children, adolescents, and adults. CCCC champions and supports pediatric palliative care through activities that are a natural component of its broader work, including POLST for pediatrics and pediatric decision aids. Learn more

SB 1004 Palliative Care News

CCCC is working directly with the California Department of Health Care Services to shape the standards by which Managed Care Plans will ensure access to palliative care for Medi-Cal enrollees. Learn more