SB 353 (Roth): Extends Hospice Palliative Care
Extends SB 294 to January 1, 2025. SB 294 (2017) authorizes a licensed hospice to provide palliative care services concurrently with curative treatment to a person who does not have a terminal prognosis or who has not elected to receive hospice services only by licensed and certified hospices.
SB 380 (Eggman) End of Life Option Act Update
Makes significant changes to California’s End of Life Option Act (EoLOA), including reducing the required waiting period between a patient’s oral requests from 15 days to 48 hours. The changes go into effect on January 1, 2022.
AB 528 (Low): Controlled substances: CURES database
Makes changes to the Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). Includes exemption for prescriptions for the terminally ill: “(5) If a health care practitioner prescribes, orders, administers, or furnishes a controlled substance to a patient, who is terminally ill, as defined in. subdivision (c) of Section 11159.2.”
AB 714 (Wood) Opioid prescription drugs: prescribers
Clarifies and narrows the application of current law requiring prescribers to offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride. Expressly exempts prescriptions for patients in inpatient or outpatient facilities and terminally ill patients. (Urgency clause effective immediately.)
AB 282 (Jones-Sawyer) – Aiding, Advising or Encouraging Suicide: Exemption from Prosecution
Prohibits a person whose actions are compliant with the End of Life Option Act from being prosecuted for deliberately aiding, advising, or encouraging suicide.
AB 3211 (Kalra) Advance Health Care Directives – Organ Donation
Revises the form language on the Advance Health Care Directive to provide a general check-off box to allow, upon death, the donation of all organs, tissue, and body parts to be donated for purposes of transplantation, therapy, research, and education.
SB 294 (Hernandez) – Hospice Palliative Care *
Effective January 1, 2018, this bill explicitly allows a licensed hospice to provide palliative care services concurrently with curative treatment to a person who does not have a terminal prognosis or who has not elected to receive hospice services. As signed into law, SB 294 essentially creates a “pilot” to observe and measure the effects of hospice providers offering palliative care services. Sunsets January 1, 2022.
SB 586 (Hernandez) – Children’s services Pediatric palliative care advocacy and education
This bill authorizes the California Children’s Services (CCS) program to establish a Whole Child Model program, under which managed care plans under county organized health systems or Regional Health Authority that elect, and are selected, to participate would provide CCS services under a capitated payment model to Medi-Cal and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) eligible CCS children and youth.
SCR 117 (Pan) – Relative to palliative care
This resolution encourages the State of California to study the status and importance of coordinated palliative care and to develop solutions, tools, and best practices for providing better patient-centered care and information to individuals with chronic diseases in California.
AB 637 (Campos) – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment forms *
This bill allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants – under the supervision of a physician and within their scope of practice – to sign POLST forms and make them actionable medical orders. Read the announcement.
SB 19 (Wolk) – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form: statewide registry *
This bill requires 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 collecting POLST forms received from health care providers. Read the announcement.
AB 187 (Bonita): Medi-Cal: managed care: California Children’s Services program
This bill extends the termination of the prohibition against services covered under the California Children’s Services program from being incorporated into a Medi-Cal managed care contract entered into after August 1, 1994, until January 1, 2017.
SR 17 (Jackson) – California Healthcare Decisions Day *
This resolution declared April 16, 2015, as “Healthcare Decisions Day” in California, and urged all Californians to communicate their healthcare preferences and execute an advance healthcare directive. It also urged those who are seriously ill to learn about the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program. Read the announcement.
ABx2 15 (Eggman, Alejo, and Stone) – End of Life Option Act
This bill, until January 1, 2026, would enact the End of Life Option Act authorizing an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined, to make a request for a drug prescribed pursuant to these provisions for the purpose of ending his or her life. Went into effect June 9, 2016.
AB 2044 (Rodriguez) – CPR in RCFEs
This bill, among other things, requires that Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) have at least one staff person trained in CPR and first aid on duty and on the premises at all times. The bill clarifies that this requirement shall not be construed to require staff to perform CPR on a resident who has requested to forego resuscitative measures as indicated by a POLST form or other DNR orders.
AB 2139 (Eggman) – End-of-life care: patient notification
Effective January 1, 2015, when a health care provider (an attending physician, surgeon, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner) makes a diagnosis that a patient has a terminal illness, the health care provider is required to notify the patient or, when applicable, another person authorized to make health care decisions for the patient, of the right to receive comprehensive information and counseling regarding legal end-of-life options. This All Facilities Letter (AFL) provides notice of the enactment of Assembly Bill 2139 (Chapter 568, Statutes 2014). Authority: Health and Safety Code (HSC) sections 442.5 and 442.7
SB 1004 (Hernandez) – Palliative and Hospice Care benefit under Medi-Cal *
SB 1004, which passed the legislature in 2014 with overwhelming and bipartisan support, is designed to expand access to palliative care services for beneficiaries of Medi-Cal managed care plans, which serve more than half of all people in the Medi-Cal program.