The Programs and Services of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association are designed to improve access to quality hospice and palliative care services through education, public policy and public awareness.

Information & Referral

Our toll free Information and Referral Service provides assistance to thousands of callers each year from throughout California and Nevada.

We are an official referral source for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, on hospice information. We provide information on end-of-life care, about hospice, what hospice is and is not, coverage, types of services, reimbursement, support for caregivers, eligibility for hospice, Advance Directives and POLST. We assist individuals and their families in finding a hospice program, facilitate complaints, and problem solve on a case-by-case basis.

Make A Complaint

If you have a complaint about the hospice service you are currently receiving we recommend:

  • Talking to your care giving staff to determine if they can resolve the issue.
  • Speaking to the Director of the current program and determine if your issues can be resolved.

If the complaint is such that resolution is not forthcoming contact your District Office and file a formal complaint.


The best way to keep informed of all the changes occurring within hospice and palliative care is to participate in a CHAPCA educational program.

Education for the Community

CHAPCA regularly participates in community education fairs around Sacramento, and can provide information materials for fairs around the state upon request.

Our community newsletter, Choices, is mailed three to four times per year and offers new educational materials, current research and articles relating to end-of-life.

Choices plays a critical role in providing information and support regarding significant issues to individuals and their families and to the Friends of Hospice. The newsletter is mailed to all current donors, to Friends of Hospice, and to others who are interested.

Below are some Choices articles that may be helpful to you or someone you know:

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit for physicians and social workers is available for select programs.

CHAPCA is an accredited provider of continuing education credit for Registered Nurses and most education programs meet Licensed Vocational Nurses and CNA/HHA continuing education requirements. Check the individual program for CEU credit.

Tax Deduction

All expenses for Continuing Management Education (including registration fees, travel, meals and lodging) taken to maintain and improve professional skills are tax deductible. (Treas. Reg. L162-5 Coughlin v. Commissioner, 203 F2d 307).


Professional Education and Conferences

Each event is planned with our members mind, examining issues, trends, and recent developments affecting you and your work.

Programs take place in person, and via video conferences and webinars.

Our goal is to ensure that all educational participants are better informed and have a renewed sense of commitment to delivering quality end-of-life care to their patients and families. Join us to learn new information and skills and find people with shared interests. Registration discounts are available for CHAPCA members.



2018 Annual Conference & Expo

Join us in Monterey for a special joint conference with CAHSAH (California Association for Health Services at Home)!

May 22, 23 and 24, 2018
Monterey Conference Center
Monterey, CA

2018 Annual Conference

Join Us

CHAPCA conferences are attended by...

Administrators and CEOs, Physicians and Medical Directors, Therapists and Counselors, Nurses, Finance Officers, Information Technology Directors, Clinical Directors, Development Officers, Board Members, Hospice Aides, Pharmacists, Volunteer Managers, Allied Therapists, Social Workers, Spiritual Caregivers, and other members of the interdisciplinary team. CLICK HERE for more information.


Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

Special Conference Rate: $189/night
Single/Double occupancy
Tuesday, May 22 - Thursday, May 24, 2018.


Annual Awards Presentation

Each year the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) recognizes two outstanding individuals and one program for their contributions to hospice and palliative care.

This year, we will celebrate the recipients of CHAPCA’s annual awards at the Awards Luncheon during the conference. The competition among award nominees is always fierce, so start thinking about who in your agency has gone above and beyond the call of duty, and send in your nominations! Nominations are due May 1, 2018.


Exhibit With CHAPCA and CAHSAH
The best way to keep hospice staff informed of all the changes occurring within hospice and palliative care is to participate as an exhibitor in the CAHSAH - CHAPCA Annual Conference & Expo.

Once a year, hospice and palliative care professionals and industry suppliers come together for the annual conference. The reputation of this conference - including the strength of the conference program and the diversity of the exhibit floor - attracts attendees from across California and Nevada. This year, CHAPCA is joining CAHSAH for a joint conference in Monterey, with the exhibit hall open on May 22 and 23, 2018. CLICK HERE for the Exhibitor Prospectus.

Benefits of exhibiting
  • Build current and new relationships, establish new accounts, and thank current customers
  • Gain visibility for your company in the end-of-life care industry
  • Market your products and services to a focused group of professionals who are key decision makers
  • One FREE conference attendee registration included with each exhibit registration

CLICK HERE for more information on exhibiting.

Contact Michele Lander at or (916) 641-5795 extension 129 for additional details on how you can become an exhibitor.


Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

Special Conference Rate: $189/night
Single/Double occupancy
Tuesday, May 22 - Thursday, May 24, 2018.


Who should exhibit with CHAPCA and CAHSAH?
  • Accounting and financial experts
  • Accrediting agencies
  • Architects and senior living consultants
  • Complementary therapy supply vendors
  • Compliance and performance measurement vendors
  • Consultants
  • Durable medical equipment suppliers
  • Education and training companies
  • Health information and electronic health records technology vendors
  • Hospice and palliative care providers
  • Insurance carriers
  • Medical suppliers
  • Medication management vendors
  • Merger and acquisition consultants
  • Ostomy vendors
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Publishers
  • Recruiters
  • Research and data management companies
  • Software vendors
  • Staffing agencies
  • Telecommunication vendors






The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association is active in numerous partnerships with targeted groups to provide more information about death and dying, a better understanding of hospice and palliative care, and to assure access to hospice.

  • We worked with Radio Bilingue to develop a project built on Hispanic oral traditions by using word of mouth to pass along information about hospice options. One component of the project was Latino patients and families sharing their experiences on the air, while hospice staff added their comments to the discussion, all in Spanish.

  • We collaborated with California schools and developed a brochure to assist teens in dealing with grief.

  • We worked with AIDS programs to improve the care for individuals with AIDS.

  • Collaboration with the California Medical Association resulted in legislation that required Physicians to complete 12 hours continuing medical education on end of life care including Pain Management and Treatment of the Terminally Ill and Dying Patient.
  • With AARP we developed a program for Seniors that fostered conversation between family and loved ones.

  • We have long been active in efforts to reach out to veteran populations. We served on the national VAHPC Community Outreach Workgroup, and established an active California HVP steering committee. In addition we worked closely with the Veterans Administration to assure that all veterans in California have Hospice as a covered benefit.

  • In partnership with California Assisted Living Association, we jointly advocate with the California Department of Social Services to improve hospice service in assisted living facilities.

  • With the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, we are beginning a project to identify best practices in hospice services to children.