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CHA Webinar Explains Changes to Law Regarding Unrepresented Patients
Court decision expands patient protections, prompts change in policies and procedures

CHA will hold a webinar Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. – noon (PT) to explain a recent Alameda County Superior Court decision that will impact how skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospitals make decisions for unrepresented patients. The decision, issued June 24, found unconstitutional a California law that permits SNFs to use interdisciplinary teams to make medical decisions for patients who lack capacity and have no one to make decisions for them. While the law applies to SNFs, many hospital interdisciplinary teams have also been operating under the model policy developed by CHA, the California Medical Association and the Alliance of Catholic Hospitals, which is based on the SNF law. It is unclear whether the decision will be appealed. However, to protect patient rights, SNFs and hospitals should revise their policies and procedures.

This webinar will explain the potential impact of the case and how policies and procedures should be revised to comply. An updated model policy for consent for treatment of unrepresented patients will be provided, along with other tools to operationalize the new process. For more information or to register, visit