KPCC 89.3 featured L.A. Care's February 24 Palliative Care Conference in "Critically ill Medi-Cal patients just got an important new benefit." The conference was the first to present Los Angeles County health care providers with information about a new palliative care benefit, which took effect January 1, 2018. California law now requires that palliative care services — treatment of the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering associated with a serious illness — be made available to Medi-Cal patients.
It’s customizable. It’s patient-centered and it addresses every single need.
-- Sonia Hernandez
Manager of L.A. Care's Palliative Care Program
Palliative care is often confused with hospice care, even among physicians. L.A. Care's conference focused on closing the knowledge and experience gap, explaining the differences between the services and how to refer patients to this new benefit.
L.A. Care's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Seidman, encouraged both providers and patients to have conversations about this team-based approach to addressing suffering, as well as more detailed discussions about what patients want for their treatment as critical illnesses advance.
KPCC also shared more on this story in Take Two® this morning. To hear the audio, please click below:
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.