CHA News Article

Web Seminar to Explain Basic Elements of Consent and Advance Directives

CHA is planning a web seminar to help hospital staff gain a better understanding of the basic principles of patient consent for health care treatment. Scheduled for Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. – noon (PT),  the program is tailored to experienced professionals who want to refresh their understanding of the fundamental concepts, as well as to those new to health care or the hospital setting. In clear, simple terms participants will learn why and when consent is necessary, who may give consent, how consent for minors is different and which procedures require special consent. A review of the authority of an advance health care directive and California’s Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form will also be included.

Veteran faculty for the program includes Susan Penney, JD, director of risk management for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) clinical enterprise. Penney is standing faculty for CHA’s annual Consent Law seminars, which draw nearly 1,000 attendees each year.  Joining Penney is Lois Richardson, CHA’s vice president of privacy and legal publications/education. Richardson is the author and editor of CHA’s highly valued Consent Law manual and other CHA legal publications. For more information or to register, visit