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CHCF Releases RFP for New Models of Community-Based Palliative Care
Informational webinar July 9; application deadline August 8

To promote and support community-based palliative care partnerships between health insurers and palliative care providers, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) is requesting grant proposals for projects that pair payers and providers to develop operational and financial plans for delivering palliative care services in the community setting. The goal of the grants is to develop detailed plans that address eligibility criteria, reimbursement and delivery mechanisms, and other considerations for the proposed palliative care service. CHCF will consider implementation grants in 2015 based on the success of the planning grants.

The program complements other state and national efforts designed to increase access to quality end-of-life care. One of the goals included in the Let’s Get Healthy California Framework seeks to “maintain dignity and independence at the end of life by reducing hospitalizations around the end of life, increasing palliative care and hospice care, and increasing advance care planning.” Palliative care is also one of four key initiatives identified in the California State Innovation Model, led by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and spearheaded in California by the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Proposals are due Aug. 8 and must include one delivery organization (hospice or palliative care provider) and one payer (or other organization that bears risk). For details about who should apply, grant requirements, deliverables and timeline, see the CHCF request for proposal. Proposals should also indicate the lead organization to receive and manage the grant funds. Participating organizations may be for-profit or nonprofit.

CHCF will hold an informational webinar on July 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PT) to discuss the RFP and answer questions. During the webinar, CHCF will also discuss the “Improving Care for People with Serious Illness through Innovative Payer-Provider Partnerships” toolkit, developed by the National Business Group on Health and the Center to Advance Palliative Care. To register for the webinar, visit