CCCC’s CEO Named to Master Plan for Aging Advisory Committee

Judy Thomas, JD, CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care, has been named by California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly to serve on the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a diverse group of stakeholders with varying expertise and experiences who will help to develop components of the Master Plan, […]


e-Patient Ambassadors Launch Palliative Care Advocacy Efforts

In the coming weeks, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is launching a unique palliative care advocacy effort to increase accurate understanding of palliative care among the public and providers by tapping into the passionate and authentic voices of palliative care patients and their caregivers. As part of our e-Patient Ambassador program, CCCC […]


June 2019 Legislative Update

CCCC’s 2019 Priority List Includes Legislation Related to Naloxone, Cannabis, LTC Insurance, and the State’s Master Plan Aging The Coalition for Compassionate Care closely monitors legislation related to palliative care and advance care planning. CCCC takes action in alignment with our advocacy partners to educate policymakers on the potential impact of proposed legislation on access […]


Final Version of Community-Based Palliative Care Consensus Standards Available Now

The finalized version of the Community-Based Palliative Care Consensus Standards for California has recently been released by the California Advanced Illness Collaborative (CAIC). These Standards were developed by the CAIC to make high-quality palliative care available as a standard part of medical care for all Californians. Initiated and convened by Dr. Marcus Tygeson, MD, and […]


The Place of Spiritual Guidance in Palliative Care

Spirituality is often used as a coping strategy, with prayer, meditation, and mindfulness among the many spiritual resources patients use to help cope with the intensity of the pain they experience. – S​PIRITUAL CARE: What It Means, Why It Matters in Health Care This week, along with the rest of the country, we’re celebrating National Spiritual […]


New round of PCORI grants focus on palliative care, fund studies in California

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced their recent grant awards—approving nearly $74 million to fund studies on strategies for delivering effective palliative care. These grants show not only an interest in palliative care at a national level, but of the seven studies funded, two are centered in California. California often leads the field when […]


Webinar: 8 Trends in Health Care and How They Relate to Palliative Care

Health care has experienced a number of key shifts since the year 2000. Driven by patients and others dissatisfied with the status quo, commercial pressures coming from corporate responses to inflation, rapidly changing technology, and more, palliative care is seeing these shifts as well. To address some of these major health care trends, Dr. Wells […]


2017 Legislative Session Updates

It’s been another busy legislative year for us so far, with bills of interest moving forward in both the Assembly and the Senate. An important part of our work at CCCC is to track and take action on legislation that impacts the space of palliative care, hospice, or advance care planning. To keep up with […]


J. Redwing Keyssar on taking palliative care mainstream

Palliative care by the people, for the people: A call for a new grassroots movement By J. Redwing Keyssar, RN, author of Midwife to the Dying, and Director of Palliative Care at the Jewish Family/Children’s Services in San Francisco. Keyssar is speaking at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California 9th Annual Palliative Care Summit on […]


Draft budget proposes significant delay in Medi-Cal palliative care services

JANUARY 11, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)—The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) shared a 2017-18 budget document yesterday showing that Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to delay the implementation of a program that would expand access to palliative care services for Medi-Cal Managed Health Care Plan enrollees. DHCS had previously indicated April 2016 as the […]