11/3 CCCC Advanced Care Plan Workshop

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop November 3, 2016 in Los Angeles on Let’s Talk: Promoting & Engaging in Advance Care Planning.  6 CEUs are available.  For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/community-based-advance-care-planning/ .

10/19 CCCC POLST Training

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 19-20, 2016 in Irvine CA on POLST: It Starts with a Conversation.  POLST – Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – is to current treatment as Advance Directives are to future treatment.  10.5 CMEs and 11.5 CEUs are available.  You may know POLST as Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Medical Orders on Scope of Treatment (MOST), Physician’s Orders on Scope of Treatment (POST) or Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP).  While the workshop will work from California’s POLST form, most of the information will apply in any state.  For details see http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=4904bc4f7472f06a865fbafee&id=e6b24b0ed6&e=67e1ad4c31 .

SC 10/13 CA EOL Option Act Workshop

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a workshop October 13, 2016 in San Diego CA on California End of Life Option Act: Key Concepts and Critical Conversation Skills for Providers.  6 CEUs will be available.  For details see http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/end-of-life-option-act-conversation-training/ .

8/16 Communication Workshop

The Advance Care Planning Forum (APF) of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) will host a conference call August 16, 2016 for clinicians and advance care planning champions on Facilitating Culturally Congruent Conversations.  The call will feature practical tips and tools for improving advance care planning with diverse and underserved populations, presented by Frances Nedjat-Haiem, PhD, LCSW and Bridget Sumser, MSW.   The CCCC APF sponsors conference calls on the third Tuesday of each month from June to December.  For more information see http://coalitionccc.org/get-involved/acp_forum/ .

8/18 Compassionate Care Webinar

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) will present an August 18, 2016 webinar on The End of the Rainbow: What matters most to LGBTQ persons during serious illness.  The webinar will cover key components of diversity, challenges of managing a diverse staff, and skills in creating protocols.  One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers.  Find more information and register at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/webinars/ .

The same web page includes descriptions of and links to previous webinars and their recordings, including sessions on advance planning, intimacy, delirium, palliative care, communication, reimbursement, depression, California’s new EOL law, and POLST*.  Many more webinars, tools, and resources can be found at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/

The CCCC Annual Palliative Care Summit will be held in Sacramento CA March 13-14, 2017, and CCCC is now calling for presentations.   Find out more at http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/cccc-annual-summit-call-presentations/ ,  http://coalitionccc.org/training-events/annual-conference/ (including links to presentations from earlier Summits),  and http://ccccsummit.org/ .

* POLST, or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, serve the same function for current-time treatment, as Advance Directives do for future treatment.  For more information on POLST, see http://www.polst.org/advance-care-planning/polst-and-advance-directives/ .

9/6 Proposed PFS Changes Comment Period

CMS has published Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2017 in the Federal Register and is accepting public comment on its provisions until September 6, 2016.  Several of its many proposals may impact ESRD treatment, for instance:

  • Making dialysis-related and advanced-care-planning services eligible for Telehealth
  • Updates to Geographic Practice Cost Indices, particularly in California
  • Review of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Shared Savings Programs

A summary of the proposed changes can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-07-07-2.html .  The full Federal Register publication can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/07/15/2016-16097/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions .