Partners for Children (PFC)
A Pediatric Palliative Care Waiver Program
In accordance with Assembly Bill 1745, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) worked with advocacy groups and other stakeholders to develop the Partners for Children (PFC) Pediatric Palliative Care Waiver Program. The waiver was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December 2008. Through PFC, children with life-limiting or life-threatening medical conditions receive supportive services at home and in the community.
The goal of PFC is to provide an extra layer of support that reduces stress and improves the child’s and family’s quality of life. The PFC waiver team provides families with the special help and support needed to manage a child’s complex life threatening condition outside of the hospital setting.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is treatment of the pain, other symptoms, and stress of a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. Through PFC, palliative care services are provided during the course of a child’s illness and are an important source of support for the sick child, parents, and siblings.
Is Palliative Care the Same as Hospice?
To receive hospice care, a doctor must certify that the child has six month or less to live. To participate in the PFC Pediatric Palliative Care Waiver, the sick child must be expected to require 30, non-consecutive days of hospitalization during the course of the year if waiver services are not provided.
Partners for Children (PFC) Pediatric Palliative Care Waiver
Partners for Children (PFC) Program History and Overview