EMSA Commission approves revisions to 2016 POLST form

Proposed revisions to the California POLST form were approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) Commission at their December meeting, releasing the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) to move forward with full implementation of the provisions of Assembly Bill 637. AB 637 (Wolk) authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants – under the supervision […]


Nominations open for 2016 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards

Honoring the Extraordinary Do you know someone who has made an impact on the way seriously-ill Californians are cared for? Is there an organization that has broken new ground in caring for people near the end of life? Join us in recognizing and celebrating the extraordinary contributions that our community members make each and every […]


Judy Thomas named Practice Change Leader by John A. Hartford Foundation

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce that Judy Thomas, JD, CEO, was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of Practice Change Leaders, a program of Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation. As part of the Practice Change Leaders program, Thomas will be implementing the California Advanced Illness […]


Is palliative care better off now than it was one year ago?

#HPM Tweet Chat on Nov. 4, 2015 It has been more than a year since The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (formerly known as The Institute of Medicine, or The IOM) released Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End-of-Life. Since then the report has become a guiding star […]


Webinar: POLST in 2016: What NPs, PAs, and everyone else needs to know

POLST in 2016: What NPs, PAs & Everyone Else Needs to Know About the New Form Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, nurse practitioners and physician assistants—under the direction of a physician and within their scope of practice—will be authorized to sign POLST forms and make them actionable medical orders under AB 637. Tune in for a free […]


Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition becomes division of CCCC

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and the Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) are announcing today a strategic unification which will combine two of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to promoting access to high-quality compassionate care for all who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life. This action consolidates […]


Advance care planning codes included in 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

UPDATE: A complete FAQ about Medicare reimbursement for advance care planning conversations has been posted here. NOTE: While we make every effort to ensure our information is accurate, staff at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California are not Medicare billing experts. If you have detailed questions please consult with your own billing department. On […]


Report: California Making Progress Toward a Supportive Environment for End-of-Life Care

New Study Benchmarks the State’s Progress Against IOM Report SACRAMENTO, CA—A year after the release of a landmark report on death and dying in America, a new state-based report finds that California is making strides to create a more supportive environment for people facing serious illness. Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care […]


CPR: Your Chances of Survival Are Better on TV

Earlier this year, my team at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology conducted a study of two leading medical dramas airing between 2010 and 2011, Grey’s Anatomy and House. Patient characteristics, CPR survival rates, and goals of care discussions were recorded. The findings in the study clearly highlight the need for widespread public […]