Education event

Consent Law Seminar
Discrimination, patients with mental health issues, privacy updates and hot spots, new laws and more

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June 5, Pasadena        


Consent for treatment decisions often must be made quickly and may carry significant ramifications for patients, their families and your hospital. Ever-changing regulations further complicate matters.

CHA’s Consent Law seminar will keep you informed and prepared for those challenging cases that demand immediate action. Expert faculty will help you understand changes to the laws surrounding patient treatment, and hone your critical thinking skills with scenarios that apply to real-world experiences. Plus, all attendees will receive a 2018 Consent Manual – both print and PDF versions.

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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

  • Immigration officers in your facility
  • First responders and patients with communicable diseases
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Involuntary commitment rules
  • Health plan payment responsibilities for continuing care
  • New laws impacting counties and mental health services
  • Recent case law affecting patient care

Discrimination in the Health Care Setting  

  • Nondiscrimination laws and enforcement — employee, patient rights
  • Gender identity — patient records, room assignments
  • Patients who discriminate against employees
  • OCR’s New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division and staff “opt out” leeway
  • Training employees, including new requirements for SNFs

Privacy Updates and Hot Spots

  • Important changes in state mental health privacy laws
  • Substance use disorder privacy law updates
  • CDPH’s Medical Breach Enforcement Section — new processes, penalties
  • New laws on charging for copies of medical records

Critical Thinking Challenges, Part One — Workplace Violence and More

  • Consent for photographing and filming patients, “First Amendment Movement”
  • Workplace violence, disruptive patients
  • Discharging the homeless patient
  • Employee privacy rights — name tags, other issues
  • Sterilization consent — when  special rules must be followed
  • Sensitive conversations, consents surrounding organ donations
  • End of Life Option Act vexing issues
  • Artificial intelligence in the health care setting

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Consent for Minors

  • When a minor can consent — age, status, capacity, sensitive services
  • Considerations for foster youth, wards of the juvenile court
  • Emerging issues — sexual trafficking victims, gender identity
  • Parents, guardians, and other caregivers — who can consent for what
  • What about payment — who is responsible?

Consent for Patients with Mental Health Issues

  • Understanding and applying the law
  • Guidelines for medical screening exams and labs
  • Myths associated with treating patients with behavioral health issues

Critical Thinking Challenges, Part Two — “Me Too” and More

  • Sexual harassment complaints — what, when, where to report
  • Contraband and weapons, marijuana, vaping
  • Infection control, Legionella, antibiotic stewardship
  • Reconsidering chaperones
  • Looping the Board and CEO — reporting incidents, quality measures


Susan Penney is the executive 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.


April 24
DoubleTree by Hilton
Fresno Convention Center

2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

May 9
Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel

1433 Camino del Rio S.
San Diego, CA 92108

May 10
DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport

222 N. Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764

May 15
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

May 30
Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

May 31
San Ramon Marriott

2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583

June 5
Hilton Pasadena

168 South Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101


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 $360 
**Nonmembers $570
*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 2018 Consent Manual - print and PDF version.

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 the 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 Robyn Thomason, Director, Education at (916) 552-7514 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.
  • Summarize patient and employee rights and actions to be taken to ensure discrimination violations do not occur.
  • Describe recent changes in privacy laws and who must comply.
  • Understand how consent laws pertain to minors and patients with mental health issues and what actions to initiate to guarantee compliance.
  • Provide examples of actions to be taken when discharging a homeless person, managing a violent patient, addressing sexual harassment allegations, request for end of life options.

Compliance —  The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 6.6 CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

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 program has been approved for a total of 5.5 contact hours of continuing education credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of Fellow (FASHRM) and Distinguished Fellow (DFASHRM) and towards Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Mangement (CPHRM) renewal.

Free Manual + PDF

All attendees will receive a CHA 2018 Consent Manual – both print and PDF versions. The PDF version of the manual is licensed for individual use only. The consent manual is a “must have” resource for risk managers and the one-stop resource for all legal requirements related to patient consent for medical treatment, reporting requirements and more. This invaluable resource not only discusses the law, but explains how to comply with complex regulations as well.