The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) is here to help as your hospice and palliative care subject matter experts. CHAPCA provides education, tools, resources and services for our California provider members with the main goal of ensuring that our providers are equipped and compliant to provide high quality hospice and palliative care to patients and families.  The CHAPCA leadership and board members have a collective total of over 300+ years of hospice and palliative care industry experience and we encourage you to utilize our experts for help, just as you would a hospice and palliative care consultant.


Regulatory & Compliance

  • Sheila Clark, CHAPCA President and CEO sits on National Government Services (NGS) J6 Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group (POEAG).
  • CHAPCA plays an active role in California Public Policy and legislation advocating for patients, families and providers. We provide regular updates about changes that will impact you and how to prepare for these changes.
  • CHAPCA regularly meets with CMS Region 9, CDPH, DHCS and DMHC to bring our members the guidance they need in order to keep compliant with COP’s and CA Hospice Quality Standards.

 Monthly Newsletter

  • CHAPCA provides a monthly newsletter for members and contains hospice industry news and articles for both California and Nationwide.  We also provide association news and announcements.  This is our way to keeping our members informed and is sent via email to all active members of CHAPCA. 


CHAPCA is dedicated to providing cost-effective training opportunities that meet the needs of our members and enhance their skills, knowledge and competencies.  We’ve partnered with several companies to provide continuing education in a variety of topic areas.


As a member of CHAPCA, you will receive reduced member pricing ($30.00 savings) on over 50 webinar topics.  Classes are available live or recorded. 

Lorman provides professional continuing education on compliance, regulatory and business topics.  CHAPCA members receive a 15% discount on all orders.  Classes are available in the CHAPCA calendar or call Lorman at (866) 352-9539.  A Member Discount Code will be provided in your Membership Profile landing page.  


CHAPCA Annual Conference and Exposition

Thank you for attending the 2019 Annual Conference and Expo held on September 30-October 1 in Long Beach CA.  We had a very successful two-day conference filled with 24 workshops, a welcome reception and over 50 exhibitors.  CHAPCA is looking forward to our 2020 Annual Conference and Exposition in November.  Details coming soon!



Annual Meeting

Annually, CHAPCA conducts a meeting of the memberships in conjunction with the conference.  CHAPCA members are invited to participate in this meeting.  This is your opportunity to hear from the leadership and to express your interests.

(While everyone is invited to attend this meeting, only provider members are eligible to vote.)


Weatherbee Resouces Hospice Regulatory Boot Camp - sponsored by CHAPCA and Relias

June 8-10, 2020 - Las Vegas, Nevada - and - December 14-16, 2020

 Hospices across the country utilize Weatherbee's Boot Camps for orienting new staff and for the on-going training of Executive Directors, Hospice Medical Directors and Team Physicians, Clinical Managers, Corporate Compliance Officers, QAPI Coordinators, Billing / Coding Technicians, the Interdisciplinary Group, and others. Using three case studies, Boot Camp topics include eligibility, assessment, compliant IDG meetings, higher levels of care, medical director engagement, PEPPER, compliance programs and more.

 An additional third day of presentations, Striving for Documentation Success, continues discussion of the three case studies and covers utilization of the Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs), proper use of hospice assessment tools (FAST, KPS, PPS, NYHA), documentation strategies and examples, TPE, SMRC, UPIC and other audits, and much more.

Click here to register for June 8-10, 2020
 Click here to register for December 14-16, 2020

 Resource Guide for Patients and Families in California

  • CHAPCA is the California resource for those seeking information and services about hospice and palliative care. Provider members have full control over there profile on our list serve. People who call CHAPCA and web surfers seeking hospice and palliative care services or information will be referred to CHAPCA online info directory.
  • The CHAPCA office receives inquiries from patients and families inquiring for more information.  We always promote our hospice providers for services and help provide guidance on how to search for a provider based on our directory.

 Achievement Awards

Each year, the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) recognizes two outstanding individuals and one program for their contributions to hospice. This is your opportunity to showcase and celebrate your hospice staff and/or volunteer program in front of your peers at the Annual Conference.

The Pierre Salmon Award recognizes an individual who has:

1) made a significant contribution to hospice and/or palliative care in California;

2) promoted the growth and availability of hospice and/or palliative care; and

3) embodies the core values of hospice.

The Gift of the Heart Award honors an individual who has been a hospice volunteer for a minimum of three years. Individuals may be nominated either for one unique project they developed and implemented or for a history of ongoing dedicated service to hospice. Special attention will be given to nominees who have increased community participation in hospice.

The Outstanding Program Achievement Award honors a program or agency that has created and implemented an innovative hospice and/or palliative care program that raises the standard for palliative and end-of-life care; serves as a model for the profession; or creates an awareness of the importance of excellence in serving patients near the end-of-life.

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners


Resources and Publications

CHAPCA Regulatory Side-by-SideThis document provides a side-by-side comparison with an approximate equivalent of existing federal and state standards and regulations and includes:

    • Federal Conditions of Participation
    • California Standards for Quality Hospice Care
    • Federal Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies
    • California State Statutes for Hospice [Health and Safety Code]
    • California State Statutes for Home Health Agencies [Health & Safety Code]
    • An appendix with other state and federal regulations that pertain to the provision of hospice services, including hospice facility licensure

Member price: $80.00 each

Non-member price: $160 each

Click here to purchase a copy
Click here for a printable form

Online Community/Social Media (*new feature)

  • In your membership profile, you’ll see an option that allows members to post questions and receive answers from peers, search for members, share resources etc.
  • CHAPCA has an online presence with platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Be sure to like and follow our page for frequent updates and news. 

Career Center (*new feature)

  •  We now have an online service that will allow members to post and search for job openings in the Hospice and Palliative Care industry within California.  This service is a free member benefit for all active hospice and palliative care providers, as well as active Associate members.

Associate Partnerships (*new)

  •  CHAPCA is supported by our Associate members and is here to help you with your hospice industry products and services.  We have reached out to our Associates and have partnered with them to not only bring special offers and discounts of their products and services, but also bring our providers hospice-related content that is beneficial.  Please review our Associate Member Partnerships page for special offerings for our members!
 Ready to Join? CLICK HERE to view applications