Education event

Consent Law Seminar
Consent rules for mental capacity, opioid addiction issues, reporting hot spots, new laws

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May 31, Sacramento
June 1, San Ramon        


California hospitals are treating more patients than ever.  
Many lack consistent primary care and have complex medical histories exacerbated by chronic disease, mental health issues or substance/opioid abuse. The Consent Law Seminar will help you understand the laws surrounding treatment to appropriately care for and manage the patients that come through your door. 

Topics at this year’s seminar include:

  • Hot spots in reporting — review the most recent information on sensitive reporting obligations and new requirements for workplace violence reporting.
  • Patients with mental health issues — gain clarity on what constitutes decision-making capacity and know what to do when the law isn’t so clear.
  • Look back at the End of Life Option Act legislation — Discuss lessons learned after one year of implementation and receive direction on managing physicians who “opt out.”
  • Pain management and opioid-addicted patients — Learn about safe prescribing and patient management in the era of opioid addiction.

Register now; programs begin soon.

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Recommended for:

Risk managers, health information officers, privacy officers, compliance officers, in-house legal counsel, health care attorneys, nurses and nurse managers, social workers, quality management staff, admissions staff, emergency department staff, discharge planners, clinical staff and administrators.


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

New Laws and Updates

  • Patients’ rights for LGBTQ, limited English proficiency individuals
  • New notices for observation services, outpatient services
  • Required counseling for high-risk patients tested for HIV
  • Forms for release of minor to nonparent

End of Life Option Act UpdateLiving with Implementation

  • One year later — lessons learned
  • Policy development — what to include and why
  • Medical records and reporting
  • Managing physicians who “opt out”

Consent Rules — Mental Capacity, Non-Consent, Minors, 5150 Patients

  • Consent and decision-making capacity
  • Who decides for physical and mental health care
  • Saying “no,” non-consent and AMA
  • 5150 patients in the ED and EMTALA

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Critical Thinking

  • Probation officers and consent for treatment 
  • When the law isn’t clear — 5150 refusal of medical clearance tests
  • New marijuana law — complications of medical and recreational use
  • Patient restraining orders and confidentiality
  • Adverse events during labor and delivery
  • LGBTQ’s growing community and patient management
  • Deceased patients and access to medical records
  • Interactions with law enforcement
  • Rules for substance abuse records — old vs. new law

Hot Spots in Reporting

  • Obligations in reporting — what and to whom to report
  • Thornier issues — first responders and communicable diseases, lapses of consciousness, medical devices
  • Underreporting — to whom and why
  • New reporting requirements — workplace violence

Pain Management in the Era of Opioid Addiction

  • Medical board guidelines
  • CURES requirements and database review
  • Prescribing for addicted patients
  • Security — electronic vs. written prescriptions


Susan Penney is the director of risk management for the UCSF clinical enterprise, including the UCSF Medical Center (UCSF Parnassus, Mt. Zion) Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco at Mission Bay, the UCSF Medical Group and associated professional liability programs, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, San Francisco General Hospital and UCSF Fresno. 

Linda Garrett, of Garrett Consulting Group, LLC, provides risk management consulting services to more than 45 county public health, mental health and correctional health care programs in addition to several county hospitals. Ms. Garrett’s work includes providing training and consultation on a variety of medical/legal topics to health care providers, administrators, compliance and privacy officers, and QA/QI coordinators.


May 31
Sacramento Convention Center

1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

June 1
San Ramon Marriott

2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583


Presentations will be available online only
You will receive an email before the event with instructions on how to download the presentations to your laptop/tablet for viewing on-site or to print and bring with you. Be sure to download the materials in advance; WiFi access on-site may be limited.

*Members $345
**Nonmembers $565
*Members are CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members and government agencies.
**Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible nonmember California hospitals.

Tuition includes CEs, lunch and a free copy of CHA’s updated 2017 Consent Manual.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment: A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled session and emailed to No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Please note: payment is due on or before program. Payments not received by the seminar date may be subject to a 10% late fee. In the unlikely event the program is cancelled, CHA will fully refund paid participants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations or Questions: If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, or have other questions, please call (916) 552-7637.

Quality Assurance/Grievance: We welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns or dissatisfaction with the quality of a CHA education program please contact Liz Mekjavich, Director, Education at (916) 552-7500 or email The CHA education quality assurance/grievance policy is available upon request by emailing

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational session is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education. Attendees must sign in at the seminar and, when required, include state bar or professional license number. CE certificates will be emailed.

Behavioral/Social Work — Course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CHA is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs or LCSWs. Provider approval number 128427. CHA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe new laws impacting health care providers and know which workplace practices to revise to maintain compliance.
  • List the characteristics of, and  guidelines for, managing patients with pain management or opioid-addictive behaviors.
  • Describe situations in the health care setting that require reporting, and to which authorities.
  • Summarize changes to practice as a result of implementation of the End of Life Option Act.
  • Discuss, analyze and develop logical answers to common, but complex, critical thinking session topics.

Compliance —  This program has been approved for 6.6 Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of the program content or the program sponsor. (Note: CE recipients are solely responsible for retaining a copy for their records and for reporting credits to CCB)

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 5.5 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Health Information — This program has been approved for 5.5 continuing education unit(s) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Legal — CHA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This participatory activity has been approved for 5.5 hours of MCLE credit. Provider #1980.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #11924, for 6.6 Contact Hours.

Risk Manager — This meeting has been approved for a total of 5.5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.

Free Manual

All attendees will receive a free copy of CHA’s 2017 Consent Manual, the industry’s premier resource on consent and related health care law. From basic principles to specific procedures, the Consent Manual is your one-stop resource for all legal requirements related to patient consent for medical treatment, release of medical information, reporting requirements and more. Learn exactly what the law requires and what you need to do to comply. If you are unable to attend the seminar, but would like to purchase the manual, go to