The Vital Importance of Advance Care Planning Amid COVID-19

By Judy Thomas, JDChief Executive OfficerApril 1, 2020 If not now, when? COVID-19 is putting older individuals and those with serious pre-existing medical conditions at high-risk for becoming critically ill very quickly.  Now is the time for healthcare providers to engage patients in thoughtful conversations about serious illness care.  As our health systems prepare for […]


Summit 2020 Postponed

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that CCCC’s Summit 2020, originally scheduled for May 5-6 in Sacramento, is being postponed due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation. Today we were informed by the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, our Summit host hotel, that it will temporarily cease normal hotel operations, effective March 18 until May […]


Opportunities to Impact Master Plan for Aging

Palliative care and advance care planning have important roles in the care of older adults and persons with disabilities. As development of California’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA) continues, the palliative care community has an opportunity to help ensure that the Master Plan fully addresses the needs of those with serious illness. The Master Plan […]


Spotlight: New ACP Coalitions Take Root

When community members with an interest in promoting advance care planning come together and coordinate their efforts, good things can happen. With that in mind, Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) recently partnered with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) to support the development of four new community-based coalitions in northern California devoted to […]


Dr. Kimberly Bower Brings Wealth of Pediatric Experience to Role on CCCC Board

With close to 20 years of experience in pediatric palliative care, Kimberly Bower, MD, FAAHPM HMDC, brings a valuable perspective to her role as a member of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s (CCCC’s) Board of Directors. Dr. Bower’s appointment to the CCCC board reflects the important role pediatrics plays in CCCC’s work. Dr. […]


Announcing New Membership Structure & Great Benefits for 2020

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is pleased to announce a new membership structure and benefits that make it easier than ever to actively support the palliative care and advance care planning movement. If you haven’t already joined CCCC or renewed your membership for 2020, now is the time! CCCC’s Board of Directors recently […]


2020 Summit Keynotes Announced

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is excited to announce the keynote speakers for our Summit 2020 | Sharpening our Vision for Compassionate Care in the Face of Serious Illness, which will be held May 5-6, 2020 in Sacramento. Martha L. Twaddle, MDMedical Director for Palliative Medicine & Supportive CareNorthwest Medicine – Lake Forest […]


PCHETA/OAA Legislation Pass House

On October 28, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 647, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA).  The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) commends the members of the House for supporting federal policies that improve and expand training to meet the growing demand for hospice and palliative care.  […]


Prescriptions for Terminally-Ill Now Exempt from Opioid Co-Prescribing Requirement

Governor signs AB 714; Bill Takes Effect Immediately AB 714 (Wood), which clarifies current law and provides common-sense exemptions from opioid co-prescribing requirements, passed the legislature and was signed on Sept 6 by Governor Newsom. Specifically, AB 714 exempts opioid prescribers from naloxone hydrochloride co-prescribing requirements when ordering medications to be administered to a patient […]


2020 Summit: Call for Presentations

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California invites our members and professionals in palliative medicine and advance care planning to submit breakout session proposals for our 12th annual summit: Sharpening our Vision for Compassionate Care in the Face of Serious IllnessMay 5-6, 2020Sacramento, CA The Proposal Application can be submitted via email to info@CoalitionCCC.org. A […]