POLST bills closer to passing in Legislature

Thanks to the work of Coalition members who wrote letters of support, two Coalition-sponsored bills moved forward in the Legislature this week. AB 637 (Campos), which would allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners, under a physician’s supervision, to sign the POLST, passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 7, on a vote of 10-0. This bill will […]


Coalition for Compassionate Care of California appoints clinical director of consulting services

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce an expansion of the advance care planning consulting service with the appointment of Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, as Clinical Director of Consulting Services. Shirley Otis-Green is an award-winning licensed clinical social worker recognized by the Project on Death in America and the […]


Kathy Glasmire recognized with Compassionate Care Innovator Award

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Kathy Glasmire with the 2015 Compassionate Care Innovator Award. This award honors a person who, in working closely with CCCC, has made an invaluable contribution to increasing access to palliative medicine and compassionate, quality end-of-life care in California, as well as helping to lead […]


SR 17 urges Californians to communicate healthcare preferences before medical crisis occurs

April 16 is Healthcare Decisions Day in California The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to sponsor Senate Resolution 17 with California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), which would declare April 16, 2015, as “Healthcare Decisions Day” in California. The resolution urges all Californians to communicate their healthcare preferences and execute an advance healthcare […]


Advance care planning conversation training in May 2015

Want to bring advance care planning to your community or patients? We can help! The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is bringing our advance care planning training program to Glendale and Sacramento. Participants will learn how to: Identify solutions for overcoming barriers to effective advance care planning conversations Practice using multiple tools for engaging […]


Action Alert: Support letters needed for SB 637 and SB 19

Ensure end-of-life wishes are honored for all Californians The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is sponsoring AB 637 (Campos) and SB 19 (Wolk)—two bills key to making sure Californians’ treatment wishes are honored. With your support, we can move these bills forward when they are heard in committee. Act now, and let your voices […]


Looking for palliative care everywhere

By Sandra R. Hernández, MD, President & CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. The following post is re-blogged with permission. The California HealthCare Foundation is charting the spread of palliative care across the state and, while progress has been made, the supply is uneven. When I started practicing medicine more than three decades ago, there […]


California policy: POLST registry, advance directive database, palliative care benefits under Medi-Cal, and more

When it comes to public policy, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. The deadline for bill introduction was Feb. 27, and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California has been reviewing bills to determine which ones are relevant to our mission. Here is what you need to know… PROPOSED LEGISLATION NEW AB […]


Coalition for Compassionate Care of California hosts annual palliative care Summit in Sacramento, CA

Palliative Care: A Call to Action Palliative care is a movement and you’re a part of it! Join with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and leaders in the palliative care community as we answer a call to action and explore opportunities that will shape the future of health care in California and across […]


Redwing Keyssar and Napa Valley Hospice recognized for outstanding service, presented with Compassionate Care Leadership Awards

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, and Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services with the 2015 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards. The awards recognize an individual and an organization that are changing the way we care for people who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life. […]