California Children’s Services: Hearing set for June 28 on CCS Redesign Bill

The Assembly Committee on Health has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 586, which addresses the future of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program and the state’s proposed plans to move some children covered by CCS into managed care. Advocacy groups recently proposed revised language for the bill, which was introduced in February 2015. The […]

We need your vote: SOCAP 2016

The American healthcare system is broken. And people with a serious illness or who are nearing the end of life are most at risk. Working in partnership with Anthony Back, MD, Rebecca Sudore, MD, and Angelo Volandes, MD, I have a chance to raise the profile of how advance care planning can revolutionize the healthcare system […]

Coalition members save 10% on all courses with the CSU Institute for Palliative Care

Starting today, members of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California receive a 10% discount on all education programs offered by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, including Effective Advance Care Planning: Skill Building for Everyone, a newly launched curriculum co-designed by CCCC. The CSU Institute for Palliative Care offers instructor-led and self-paced […]

2016 Annual Summit was a success!

From the opening keynote address to the closing session on ethical communication, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 8th Annual Summit truly lived up to the theme to ignite, inspire, innovate–and take palliative care to the next level. The Summit highlighted the importance of patient-centered care, with two clear themes emerging: Working with patients as […]

National task force recognizes California for “mature” POLST program

Majority of California healthcare settings recognize POLST as the preferred method of recording treatment preferences for persons with advanced illness or frailty SNAPSHOTS: California just one of three states recognized as having a “mature” POLST program To achieve “mature” status a state’s POLST program must be implemented and recognized in every region of the state […]

Use checklists, probing questions to boost providers’, patients’ use of ACP (Part B News)

This article originally appeared in Part B News. Many providers have trouble initiating and engaging in advance care planning (ACP) discussions with their patients — and sometimes vice versa. But simple techniques and guidelines can help both parties buy in for improved care and increased practice revenue. Providers often support the service but rarely perform it, […]

Meet the 2016 Inaugural Class of Palliative Care e-Patients

It has been said that patients are the most under-used resource in health care. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California believes patients offer valuable insights and experience and can serve as messengers and champions of the importance of advance care planning and palliative care. For the first time, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California […]

In your final act, give LIFE: register as an organ donor

April is National Donate Life Month, a time when we celebrate those who have received life-saving organ, eye and tissue transplants, recognize and honor donor families, and raise awareness for those who continue to wait for an organ donation that could save their life. Today in California, 22,000 people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants […]

Office hours announced for the 2016 Summit

Bring questions. Get answers. It is with great excitement that we announce to you the scheduled office hours for our 8th Annual Summit! What are “office hours?” Office Hours has become an integral part of our Summit’s culture—a time when all attendees get an opportunity to consult with palliative care experts across a variety of […]