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 and Real-Time Hospice and Palliative Care News

  • CHAPCA monthly association news and announcements. Keeping CHAPCA members informed. CHAPCA has a member only section were you can celebrate news on achievements and milestones at your CHAPCA member location.
  • 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 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.)


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


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.

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


Associate Partnerships (new in 2020)

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 education and accreditation below:

Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)

Discounts on Services: For each CHAPCA Provider member that executes an agreement for Accreditation services, ACHC shall offer a $500 discount off the standard accreditation fee that would otherwise be due, based on ACHC’s standard rates at the time the provider signs the agreement for Accreditation services.  

This discount shall be applied to the final payment due from the terms of the agreement for Accreditation services including the additional fees as a result of 1. The addition of a branch or service location; 2. A refusal or delay of a survey; 3. A follow-up survey such as a Deferral Focus Survey or Complaint Survey. 

Educational Discounts:

  • Each CHAPCA provider member will receive a $50.00 discount on any purchase of ACHC’s Accreditation Guide to Success workbook. 
  • A discount of $50.00 will be given to each CHAPCA member who attends an ACHC Workshop.
    • Each provider member who attends an ACHC Workshop will also receive a copy of ACHC’s Accreditation Guide to Success workbook for FREE.
  • ACHC will present Live webinars for CHAPCA members throughout the year. 

Community Health Education Partner (CHAP)

CHAP will waive 50% of the application fee for a CHAPCA member seeking initial or renewal accreditation or initial palliative certification with CHAP. 

CHAP will provide unique discount coupons to CHAPCA to distribute to provider members seeking accreditation. 


Online Community Forum (new in 2020)

CHAPCA is now able to offer a brand new feature to our active memberships and provides access to our exclusive Community Forum. This new member benefit allows members to create topics related to hospice-related categories. Post topics to the community forum to discuss with your peers,  browse previous discussions to catch up on recent happenings, or ask your peers questions that are most important to you.  CHAPCA has designed exclusive forum groups created with you in mind which consist of the following topics: Administrator/Executive Director Forum, Clinical Forum, Education Forum, New Hospice Forum, and a QAPI Forum.  

Career Boutique (new in 2020)

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.   

Social Community (new in 2020)

 Your member profile is now a gateway to connect and engage with other provider members in California. The new features of our website include:

• Similar to Facebook™ friends or LinkedIn™ connections, you can now form connections with your friends and colleagues.

• Create albums and upload photos to your profile to share with other members.

• Status messages give you a way to share what you’re working on with other members.

• Profiles have a “wall” where connections can leave messages for each other.

• Join circles for special interest and discussion groups. You can create photo albums within Circles too!


 Ready to Join? CLICK HERE to view applications