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.


Picture of the Sacramento Capitol BuildingRegulatory & 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.

Real-Time Hospice and Palliative Care News

  • CHAPCA Hospice and Palliative Care News Quick Link is a new member benefit in 2020. Weekly industry news that will keep you updated.


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 Hospice and Home Care Webinar Network to bring you continuing education in a variety of topic areas. These webinars are available as a LIVE or Recorded training.  As a member of CHAPCA, you will receive reduced member pricing ($50.00 savings) on over 50 webinar topics.  

Hospice & Home Care Webinar Network

CHAPCA On-Demand Webinar Library

CHAPCA is proud to offer FREE webinars for our provider members as part of your membership benefits.  All webinars are recorded and added to your exclusive On-Demand Webinar Library, where provider members can watch webinars that they have missed and access all related handouts from the course.  

Associate Partnerships

CHAPCA is supported by our Associate members and is here to help you with your hospice industry products and services.  Our Associate partnerships will not only bring special offerings and discounts of their products and services, but also bring our providers hospice-related content that is beneficial for our members and their staff.

As a member of CHAPCA, take advantage of the partnership offerings for discounts on education, events and accreditation.  Click on the logo below to be directed to the Associate Partnership Page:

CHAP: Community Health Accreditation Partner | Standards of Excellence


Weatherbee Resources




Annual Conference & Exposition

The Annual Conference is held each year and is open to hospice and palliative care providers and industry associates.  Please check our Annual Conference webpage for details. 

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.)

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 2020 Award Winners

2020 Pierre Salmon Award:

Suzi Johnson, Sharp HospiceCare


Sharp HospiceCare

2020 Gift of the Heart Award:

Nancy Johnson, Volunteer for Salus Hospice 


Volunteer for Salus Hospice

2020 Outstanding Program Achievement Award:

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care - Team Wolf - 17 individuals



Hospice of the North Coast Care Team


2020 Thank You For Your Service Award:

Peter Kellison - Clear Advocacy


Clear Advocacy

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

Boot Camp - On-Site Nevada - December 5-7, 2022

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.

This 3rd day is an intense focus on compliant documentation and strategies for improvement to mitigate further risk and increase chances for payment.

 Registration Opens Soon!
Weatherbee Bootcamps

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.

Resources and Publications

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

· Federal Conditions of Participation for Hospice
· California Standards for Quality Hospice Care


  • This brand new electronic document has been updated with the recent update on Section §418.24 added October 2020 and will continue to be updated and available annually.
  • This form is now in an electronic format and can be downloaded and stored on your computer for easy access.
  • You can purchase one subscription copy and share with other staff in your agency. 
  • All sections in the table of contents are hyperlinked for quick and easy reference throughout the document. 
  • A new feature that we've added this year are columns to personalize your document.  You can enter your own internal policy numbers and the policy numbers of your accreditation organization.
  • In addition, we've added a column for your staff to determine "of each of the policies, which is more stringent".  A great training tool for your staff!
  • This document has been sponsored by several of CHAPCA's Associate members.  Be sure to click on each of their logos to learn more about their products and services.
CHAPCA Member Price: $600
Click here to purchase a copy

Career Boutique

CHAPCA  has launched our very own Career Boutique available as a free service for active members.  You're invited to post an opening in your hospice.  You also have the option to upload a resume and apply to openings, just as you would an online recruiting agency.  The career boutique is promoted by CHAPCA and used for positions in the hospice industry.   

Essential Insights Podcast

CHAPCA and Hospice Webinar Network now has a member-only podcast to bring our members the latest information and high-quality education on critical topics that healthcare professionals are facing on a daily basis. Podcasts are released bi-weekly and features industry experts from all over the country covering a wide range of topics that healthcare professionals are facing. CHAPCA members can access the podcasts in the Members Area tab. 

Hospice Insights: The Law and Beyond

Tune in to Husch Blackwell’s hospice podcast with Meg Pekarske for conversations with industry innovators and fundamentals for navigating hospice law. In our commitment to monitoring updates and fostering learning, each episode delivers essential information clients need for best solutions in this changing healthcare sector

All memberships with CHAPCA are based on a calendar year and are valid from January 1st - December 31st annually. 

 Ready to Join? CLICK HERE to view applications