OCOCA Information for Providers

Kōkua Mau does not take a position on the Our Care, Our Choice Act, but we are experts in helping healthcare professionals learn how to have quality conversations with patients about serious illness, choices in end-of-life care, life-sustaining treatments, advance directives and POLST

Key Information About the Our Care, Our Choice Act for Healthcare Professionals

Message to Providers:

Kōkua Mau has prepared responses to the most commonly asked questions concerning provider participation in the Our Care, Our Choice Act. These responses highlight important actions required of participating providers. This information is offered strictly as guidance on provisions in the legislation and is not specific methodology for provider participation.

Providers and patients can access downloadable checklists and forms relating to the Our Care, Our Choice Act on the Office of Planning Policy and Program Development’s website (http://health.hawaii.gov/opppd/ococ/). Familiarity with these forms may assist both healthcare providers and patients to understand and comply with the process. Kōkua Mau recommends healthcare professionals review all forms to ensure all required information is collected and documented.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this web page is intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, specific medical or legal advice regarding this complex piece of legislation and related medical issues. This information may serve as a guideline for providers who are seeking general information about participation in the Our Care, Our Choice Act (OCOCA).

Note: Key terms defined in the legislation are listed in bold

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OCOCA Information for Patients and Families         Our Care Our Choice Act in Hawaii 

DOH webpage: Health Care Provider Resources

For background information you can listen the two webinars

End of Life Option Act: Learnings from California’s ExperienceThe Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), a sister organization to Kōkua Mau, hosted a free webinar in September 2018 about what they have learned from a research project that’s been conducted by CCCC, UCLA and UCSF over the past two years.

Medical Aid in Dying: Perspectives and lessons from California. Presented by Coalition for Compassionate Care of California in Collaboration with Kōkua Mau a recording of the webinar from August 2018 is available via this link.

Upcoming trainings:

We will list trainings for providers here. Please also visit our calendar, and/or sign up for our newsletter that lists many training opportunities in Hawaii.

January 16, 2019: HSCO Medical Aid in Dying Workshop

February 1, 2019 End-of-Life Care Options in Hawaii: Critical communications with seriously ill patients and families

February 2, 2019: SAVE-THE-DATE: End-of-Life Care Options in Hawai‘i: Critical Communications with Seriously Ill Patients and Families


DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this web page is intended to be, and should not be interpreted as, specific medical or legal advice regarding this complex piece of legislation and related medical issues. This information may serve as a guideline for providers who are seeking general information about participation in the Our Care, Our Choice Act (OCOCA).