Education event

Consent Law Seminar
Complex informed consent situations, treating individuals with capacity issues, adverse event reporting

May 5, San Ramon; May 24, Ontario; May 25, San Diego
June 1, Sacramento; June 7, Glendale; June 8, Costa Mesa


Making the day-to-day calls regarding patient care is much easier when there’s clear legal and regulatory guidance. Unfortunately, many times, there isn’t. Legal interpretations may vary, or sometimes competing principles make it hard to know what’s right.

This year’s program will examine common but complicated consent law issues and help providers apply the law to make confident decisions. Participants will learn about the nuances of informed consent and advance directives. Sessions on adverse event reporting, medical treatment for individuals with questionable capacity, and protected health information will update attendees on recent changes and provide solutions to persistent consent issues.

Case scenarios will be used to illustrate complexities in the law, challenge participant analysis and decision making, and clarify legal issues.

Free Consent Manual
All attendees will receive CHA’s 2011 Consent Manual, the most comprehensive resource of its kind containing over 100 forms and posters, helpful tools and quick reference guides.

Register now. This popular seminar often sells out.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration/Check in

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Updates — What’s New for 2011

Abuse Reporting — Obligations to the Vulnerable

  • Child abuse — reasonable suspicion, sharing of information
  • Documentation — what to put in the medical record, keep separate

Advance Directive — The Voice of the Patient

  • When are oral advance directives permissible?
  • The psychiatric advance directive — fact or fiction?
  • POLST confusion — common misconceptions, federal clarifications

Adverse Events — To Report or Not Report

  • What should and should not go in the record, documentation blunders
  • Thorny situations — deficient devices, consent for wrong procedure, Medicare Secondary Payer

Medical Treatment for Individuals with Capacity Issues

  • Providing treatment with and without patient consent
  • The myth of the “medical hold”
  • “I’m outta here” — dealing with patients who want to leave

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hosted Luncheon

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Is that What I Think it Is? Contraband and Weapons

  • Obligations when observing legal and illegal substances, weapons
  • Searches — how far can you go?
  • Patient property — what to do with what you find

Keeping PHI Private in a Not-So-Private World

  • Tech-savvy employees — internet use, security issues
  • The flip side — hallway conversations, phone use in public areas
  • Staff investigating patients — now that you know, what next?

Breaking Down Informed Consent

  • Starting with the fundamentals and working forward
  • Common but complicated informed consent scenarios and solutions
  • Explaining options and risks — observation or admission, conscious sedation or anesthesia, contrast media

Health Care Reform — What We Know So Far

  • Overview of the Affordable Care Act — major mandates
  • Looking forward — possible changes in patient care, operations


Peggy Nakamura, JD, RN, 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, is an attorney with 25 years of experience in health care law and has expertise in the areas of consent, medical staff issues and hospital-physician relationships. She gained practical, frontline experience working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Ontario, San Diego, Glendale and Costa Mesa 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 Ramon and Sacramento seminars)


May 5, 2011
San Ramon Marriott

2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 867-9200

May 24, 2011
Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport

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

May 25, 2011
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina — Bay Tower

1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, California 92101
(619) 291-2900

June 1, 2011
Hyatt Regency Sacramento at Capitol Park

1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1234

June 7, 2011
Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale

100 West Glenoaks Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 956-5466

June 8, 2011
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

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



$325 Member
$525 Nonmember

Tuition includes CEUs, lunch, course materials and a copy of CHA’s 2011 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 may 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.

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 their state bar or professional license number. Certificates will be e-mailed.

Compliance — This program has been approved for 6.6 Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units in the Application of Management Practices for the Compliance Professional, Application of Person and Business Ethics in Compliance, Written Compliance Policies and Procedures, 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-028. (Note: CEU recipients for compliance are responsible to send/report a completed version of their certificate to HCCB to obtain CEU credit.)

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 (core content area: Clinical Data Management) 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 — The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) has awarded this meeting a total of 5.5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.

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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