CHA News Article

New Law Allows Hospice Providers to Offer Palliative Care to Patients Without Terminal Diagnosis

The California Department of Public Health has released All Facilities Letter 18-03, notifying providers that a new law established a pilot program that allows licensed hospice providers to provide palliative care to non-terminally but seriously ill patients. Under Senate Bill 294 (Chapter 31, Statutes of 2017), which took effect Jan. 1, providers must notify the department at least 45 days prior to providing palliative care under the pilot program, and must submit required information. At the end of the pilot period, the department will conduct a stakeholder meeting to discuss the results of the reported information and determine the effectiveness of including hospice providers as a means of expanding palliative care for seriously ill patients. More details, including notice and reporting requirements, are available in the attached letter.