Consulting Client of the Month: UCLA Health

Advance care planning program has potential to record health preferences of millions in Los Angeles County For nearly two years the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s consulting service has been working closely with UCLA Health to develop, implement, and scale a novel advance care planning model. The program is designed as a system-wide process […]


SB 1004 palliative care stakeholder webinar scheduled for Sept. 8

UPDATED Sept. 8. 2016: On Sept. 8, 2016, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) held a webinar to review its policy paper (PDF) describing General Eligibility and Disease-Specific Eligibility Criteria under Senate Bill 1004 (Hernandez). The next step in implementing this legislation is for DHCS to draft and distribute an “All Plan Letter” […]


Consulting Client of the Month: Saddleback Memorial

Last month the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California took our Building Bridges training on the road to over 90 employees at Saddleback Memorial in Laguna Hills, CA. The Building Bridges workshop is a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to explore cultural biases and apply this knowledge toward working with seriously ill patients. The interactive […]


CHCF to Fund Pilot Project to Develop an Electronic POLST Registry in California

San Diego and Contra Costa Counties to be pilot site locations The board of directors of the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has approved a two-and-half year project to help develop an electronic registry for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). While New York, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia have established electronic registries that store, […]


Nearly half of California nursing home residents complete end-of-life care orders

Grassroots outreach has helped to bring attention to the form, but a UCLA-led study finds room for improvement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UCLA-led research finds broad acceptance of written end-of-life care orders among California nursing home residents, with nearly half completing a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in 2011. The study, published online […]


South Korean end of life delegation visits California

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) continues to grow our coalition-building efforts outside of California! Last month, an end of life delegation from South Korea traveled to California to learn more about best practices in POLST and advance care planning from CCCC. The delegation was comprised of representatives of the Korea Ministry of […]


When Goals of Care are not enough

UCLA program provides advance care planning and hospice to Santa Monica homeless community The scenario below, based on a real-life case, is only an example of the challenges that face healthcare practitioners as they approach Goals of Care discussions and completion of advance directives with their homeless patients. Knowing what our patients want and getting […]


Assessing progress on the ‘Dying in America’ report

California’s efforts around advance care planning and palliative care received national attention at a meeting hosted by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2016. A joint report by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the California Health Care Foundation, Dying in California, was featured at the meeting. CCCC CEO Judy Thomas, JD, […]


PCHETA: Federal legislation in support of palliative care

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is been an active participant in the federal Patient Quality of Life Coalition (PQLC), which has been working to educate federal legislators about the importance of palliative care and encourages support for legislation that provides patients greater access to palliative care services. The PQLC’s focus for 2016 is […]


Medi-Cal reimburses for advance care planning

In another significant step forward to normalize and support advance care planning conversations—and a win for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—Medi-Cal is following Medicare’s lead by using codes to allow billing by providers for advance care planning discussions with beneficiaries under the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes 99497 and 99498. The federal Medicare program […]