The Changing Landscape

How public policy is shaping palliative care

Implementation of SB 1004, which mandates that Medi-Cal managed care plans facilitate delivery of palliative care services, is one of many factors which will transform palliative care in California.

Tune in to “The Changing Landscape” for an in-depth look at bills and regulations impacting palliative care, and find out what this means for you and your patients.


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An optometrist and local businessman, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. was first elected to the California State Senate in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014, after serving two terms in the State Assembly. He is Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, a member of the Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee, the Government and Finance Committee, the Committee for Governmental Organization and the Senate Insurance Committee. He is currently working on legislation to improve access to quality health care for all Californians, and proudly represents the 22nd Senate District, which covers the majority of the cities, county areas and neighborhoods of the San Gabriel Valley.

Kathy Brandt, the Principal of the kb group, has over twenty-five years working in hospice, palliative care, aging, and caregiving at the national, state, and local level – 16 of those with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.For seven years, Kathy worked at Suncoast Hospice where she created a community engagement model, Project DECIDE, which led to Suncoast being named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Rallying Points Regional Resource Center.

Devon Dabbs is the Co-Founder of the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) and currently serves as Executive Director. In this role, Devon spearheads policy initiatives and creates programs, which are dramatically improving care for children with life-threatening conditions in California, including the enactment of the Nick Snow Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Act of 2006. CHPCC and Devon herself have received numerous awards including Devon being named Santa Cruz County Woman of the year in 2007. Devon has served on several boards for organizations working to improve hospice and palliative care.

Anastasia Dodson is the Associate Director of Policy at the California Department of Health Care Services.She helped lead the department’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and led policy development efforts for the Coordinated Care Initiative. Anastasia is currently leading the department’s CCS Redesign efforts. She has a wide range of experience in health and human services state policy, and has served in the California Department of Health Care Services, the California Department of Finance, the County Welfare Directors Association of California, and the California State Senate Budget Committee.Dodson earned a Master’s of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Moore, MD, serves as Chief Medical Officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California, a County Organized Health System providing Medi-Cal Managed Care services to 515,000 members in 14 Northern California counties.He is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine, the Columbia University School of Public Health, and the Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center.He has completed post-graduate training in Health Center Management, Health Care Leadership, and Quality Improvement. His professional interests include delivery system transformation, palliative care, intensive outpatient care management, chronic pain, and addressing social determinants of health.

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