Thinking Ahead Matters: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California releases white paper on conservatorship and supported decision-making for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

In a new white paper, “Thinking Ahead Matters: Supporting and improving healthcare decision-making and end-of-life planning for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), in partnership with Mildred Consulting, has undertaken an effort to understand more about the conservatorship of people with developmental disabilities, with the aim of fostering […]

January 2015: California policy update on palliative care and POLST

Proposed legislation: CCCC sponsoring POLST registry legislation On December 1, 2014, California Senator Lois Wolk introduced Senate Bill 19, a bill that would require 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 increasing access to completed […]

Medi-Cal working to provide access to palliative care for adults thanks to SB 1004

On January 1, 2015, an important law impacting access to palliative care in California went into effect. Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez) requires Medi-Cal to issue guidance on the medical conditions and prognoses that make a beneficiary eligible for palliative care, and provide technical assistance to Medi-Cal managed care plans to ensure the delivery of palliative […]

2015 Value Snapshots on advance care planning, palliative care and hospice

Kick off the New Year by making it easy for everyone in your health system to understand the benefits of advance care planning, palliative care and hospice. Value Snapshots are brief, easy-to-digest, two-page summaries developed by palliative care researcher Kathleen Kerr and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and are designed to introduce the benefits […]

Surveyors to give advance directives a closer look in nursing homes

Surveyors will be looking more closely at how skilled nursing facilities deal with advance directives, including how they educate, inform and assist residents in exercising their right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment and formulate an advance directive. On Nov. 26, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released an update to the […]

POLST cover sheets answer consumer questions at RCFEs and SNFs

In response to increasing concerns regarding how POLST is being administered in some assisted living communities and skilled-nursing facilities, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California partnered with the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and California Assisted Living Association (CALA) to develop provider-specific one-page POLST cover sheets entitled Key Facts about POLST for Residents […]

A Holiday Gift: Peace of Mind

By Sandra Hernandez, President & CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation. The following post is re-blogged with permission. Like many of you, I will spend this holiday season with family and friends celebrating the year’s blessings and remembering loved ones who are no longer here. It is also the time of year, when my family […]

Webinar: Understanding the gaps in community-based palliative care

California is considered a leader in the development and provision of palliative care services across care settings – but we know even more patients could benefit from palliative care. To address this gap, we need to understand the current capacity for delivering community-based palliative care (CBPC) in the context of estimated need, and we need […]

POLST registry logical next step to ensure end-of-life wishes are honored

In 2008, California passed a key bill in the state’s history on healthcare decisions and life-sustaining treatment. Assembly Bill 3000 established Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into law and gave patients a voice in deciding whether or not they want life-sustaining treatments when they are seriously-ill or approaching the end of life. Now, […]

Be part of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s #GivingTuesday campaign

Join with CCCC and be part of an International Day of Giving Back First comes Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, not to mention Cyber Monday. Now we have #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014. #GivingTuesday reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season is about community and that the most meaningful gift we can give […]