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Feeback Wanted - Community-Based Palliative Care Consensus Standards for California

Through a partnership between the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and Blue Shield of California, an advisory group of healthcare payors and providers was convened – known as the California Advanced Illness Collaborative (CAIC) – to develop standards that would facilitate the spread and scaling of community-based palliative care.

These standards, the Community-Based Palliative Care Consensus Standards for California, are designed to build off of prior work conducted by the California Health Care Foundation, including its Payer-Provider Partnerships for Palliative Care, as well as developmental implementation work related to SB 1004 and community-based palliative care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. They are also intended to integrate with work being done by other organizations, including AAHPM, CAPC, and CTAC.

In CCCC's recent Annual Summit, a panel presented the Consensus Standards and took questions from the audience. You can watch the panel in its entirety here.

The California Advanced Illness Collaborative (CAIC) has been funded, in part, by the 2016 Practice Change Leaders (PCL) program made possible by the generous support of the Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The PCL program is under the direction of Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH. To learn more about the program, please visit

The next phase of this work is a planning process (funded by CHCF), which is currently underway, to establish the parameters for a formal piloting of the Consensus Standards in one or more communities in California.

Request For Feedback

On behalf of the members of the CAIC, we offer these Consensus Standards for consideration and feedback. Comments will be reviewed and considered for future updates and incorporated into the current planning process.

Comments should be submitted by April 30, 2017 to Leah C. Morris, MPH, NP, Director of Policy and Payer Relations.

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