Education event

Consent Law Seminar
Complex consent issues simplified, social networking and patient privacy, EHR and informed consent


May 4, Sacramento—SOLD OUT; May 5, Fremont;
May 11, San Diego; May 25, Costa Mesa; May 26, Burbank;
June 7, Ontario



Our world—and the health care world—are changing rapidly.
Every day, an unusual case comes through the door that makes you stop and think of how the rules and regulations governing health care may apply.

This year’s program will help you understand and analyze both simple and complex consent law situations. The program begins by laying the groundwork with the important nuts and bolts of consent law. Later, you’ll tackle emerging issues that will impact your operations and change how you provide patient care.

Morning sessions will focus on:

  • common and oddball consent scenarios—and the answers
  • special procedures requiring informed consent
  • process flow, forms completion, and how far in advance is too far
  • thorny situations such as decision making for unrepresented patients
  • role of the ethics and utilization review committees
  • access issues, such as service and comfort animals in infection-prone environments, and more.

The afternoon sessions will offer a broader view of:

  • EHR’s impact on the process of informed consent
  • why, in spite of our efforts, the same reportable events keep happening
  • reducing errors—what is needed to achieve “meaningful change”
  • social networking sites, blogging, postings and privacy breaches
  • when photography and video become an invasion of privacy

All attendees will receive the new CHA Consent Manual, the most comprehensive resource of its kind containing over 100 forms and posters, helpful tools and quick reference guides.

Plan now to register. This popular seminar often sells out.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Check In

9:00 a.m. – Noon

Updates—What’s New for 2010

Informed Consent—Weird and Wonderful Questions

  • Blood transfusions and religious restrictions
  • The “two-doctors-signed” rule—yes, it’s still around
  • Who is that person?—reps in the OR
  • No consent form—and the patient is already under anesthesia, and more.

Principles of Consent—Informed and Simple

  • Knowing the difference, documentation guidelines
  • Responsibilities—physician vs. hospital
  • Special procedures requiring informed consent

Process Flow of Informed Consent

  • Consent form—when to complete, how far ahead, can it get stale?
  • Witnessing issues

Decision Makers

  • Choosing a surrogate, role of the court
  • Handling unrepresented patients
  • End-of-life decisions—role of the ethics and utilization review committees

Consent for Minors

  • When can a minor consent?
  • Reproductive rights
  • Who is responsible for payment?
  • Role of Parents

Access Issues—Interpreters and Service Animals

  • Overview of regulations and requirements
  • Reasonable accommodation—what it is, isn’t
  • Who qualifies as an interpreter?
  • Infection control, patients’ rights and service animals

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Medical Record in 2010

  • What is a legal medical record?
  • EHR—challenges to implementation, lessons learned
  • Assuring consent—practical processes, procedures
  • Documentation of informed consent in the EHR

Why Things Go Wrong—Again, and Again

  • The hard facts of reportable events—what does the data tell us?
  • Culture change and reducing barriers to buy-in
  • Why developing new policies isn’t enough
  • Impact of State and HITECH Privacy laws

Ensuring Privacy and Security in a Virtual World

  • Technology and the health care environment—cell phones, social networking sites, videos, blogging
  • Expectations of privacy—patients, visitors and employees
  • Online postings and First Amendment rights
  • Crossing the line—photography, video surveillance


Peggy Nakamura, RN, MBA, JD, DFASHRM, CPHRM is assistant vice president, chief risk officer and associate counsel at Adventist Health. Ms. Nakamura has 30 years of experience in health care, including critical care nursing, nursing administration, medical malpractice defense and multi-hospital system risk management.(All seminars)

Suzanne van Hall, JD has more than 20 years of experience in health care law, with expertise in consent, medical staff issues and hospital-physician relationships. She gained practical, frontline experience working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
(Sacramento, Fremont, Costa Mesa and Burbank seminars)

Susan Penney, JD is director of risk management for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) clinical enterprise, including UCSF’s Medical Center and Medical Group, San Francisco General Hospital and UCSF Fresno. Previously, Ms. Penney served as legal counsel for California Medical Association and as an attorney in private practice. (San Diego and Ontario seminars)


May 4, 2010—SOLD OUT
Hilton Sacramento Arden West

2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 922-4700

May 5, 2010
Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley

46100 Landing Parkway
Fremont, California 94538
(510) 413-3750

May 11, 2010
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, California 92108
(619) 692-3800

May 25, 2010
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 540-7000

May 26, 2010
Burbank Marriott

2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California 91505
(818) 843-6000

June 7, 2010
Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport

222 North Vineyard Avenue
Ontario, California 91764
(909) 937-0900



$325 Member
$525 Nonmember

Tuition includes CEUs, lunch, course materials and a copy of the 2010 Consent Manual.

Confirmations: A confirmation will be sent to all registrants who register at least one week in advance. Directions and parking information will be included.

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 business days prior to the scheduled session and faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Please note: payment is due one day prior to the program. Payments not received by the seminar date will be subject to a 10% late fee.

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


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

Compliance—This program has been approved for 6.6 Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units in Compliance Training and Education and Auditing and Monitoring for Compliance. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of the program content or the program sponsor. CCB program code #CAHA 021.

Health Care Executives—CHA is authorized to award 5.5 hours of preapproved Category II (non-ACHE) continuing education credit for the program toward the advancement, recertification or reappointment in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Health Information—This program has been approved for 5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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

Nursing—Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #11924, for 6 Contact Hours.

Risk Manager—This meeting has been approved for a total of 5.5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward the fulfillment of the requirements of American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and towards CPHRM renewal. (Continuing education type: educational program; type code: 1; content codes 1, 4, 5)

Social Work—This course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEP #1735.


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