IMPACT UPDATE | POLST Quality & Electronic Exchange

This blog post is part of a series designed to offer a deep dive into the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s (CCCC) work in 2020 and the direct impact this work is having in improving care for people who are seriously ill, as well as supporting and growing the movement to transform serious illness […]


IMPACT Update | COVID Response

This blog post is part of a series designed to offer a deep dive into the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California’s (CCCC) work in 2020 and the direct impact this work is having in improving care for people who are seriously ill, as well as supporting and growing  the movement to transform serious illness […]


State Issues Guidance to SNFs on Importance of ACP During COVID-19

On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posted an All Facility Letter (AFL 20-73) with important guidance to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) on the subject of Advance Care Planning, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) led a group of […]


The Vital Importance of Advance Care Planning Amid COVID-19

By Judy Thomas, JDChief Executive OfficerApril 1, 2020 If not now, when? COVID-19 is putting older individuals and those with serious pre-existing medical conditions at high-risk for becoming critically ill very quickly.  Now is the time for healthcare providers to engage patients in thoughtful conversations about serious illness care.  As our health systems prepare for […]


POLST Registry Next Steps Survey | Topline Results

August 30, 2019 From 24/7 access to POLST to data available for research, POLST stakeholders see many potential benefits to the electronic exchange of POLST information in California, according to an August 2019 survey conducted by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC). However, stakeholders are equally mindful of the potential barriers which may […]


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 […]


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 […]