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The End of Life Option Act Webinar – Encore Presentation
Understanding the law, considerations for developing and implementing policies

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April 18, 2016
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Pacific Time


Special note: this webinar is an encore presentation of The End of Life Option Act Webinar, originally held on November 18, 2015. The content in the encore presentation is the same as the previous webinar with minor updates to address the effective date of the law, which is June 9, 2016.

The End of Life Option Act is one of the most important new laws signed by the Governor last year. Effective June 9, 2016, individuals who have a terminal illness and meet certain qualifications may now ask their physician for prescription medication to end their life. The law is complicated and not without controversy. Whether or not a hospital chooses to support or “opt out” of participation, all health care providers should prepare policies and procedures now to address the Act.

Recommended for:

Hospital in-house legal counsel and health care attorneys, risk managers, case managers, chief medical officers and physicians, pharmacists, chief nursing officers and nurse managers, chief compliance officers, ethics committees, privacy officers, social workers, home health and hospice staff, quality management staff, skilled nursing staff and administrators.


Overview of the End of Life Option Act

  • How we got here, other states’ experience
  • Is hospital participation required or optional?                                  
  • When providers don’t want to participate                                        
  • Free from liability, unless …                                                          
  • Where assisted death can occur

Participating in the Act’s activities

  • Which hospital staff are impacted and how
  • What should be included in policies, forms to use
  • Steps to follow for compliance
  • What you are and aren’t required to tell the patient
  • Documentation issues, death certificates
  • State reporting requirements

Declining to participate in the Act’s activities

  • Developing a policy
  • Educating health care staff and physicians
  • What do if there’s a conflict — employees, physicians “opting out”
  • When disciplinary action is appropriate

Role of the medical staff

  • Development of appropriate policies and procedures
  • Credentialing considerations

Role and responsibilities of the patient/individual

  • Who is a “qualified individual” eligible to obtain aid-in-dying medication?
  • Determining capacity for decision making
  • Making the request for aid-in-dying medication — oral and written
  • What is the role of the family?


Jackie Garman, JD, is CHA’s vice president of legal counsel, overseeing CHA’s legal representation in litigation critical to the hospital industry; evaluating the legal impact of legislation and regulations on hospitals; and serving as a resource for member hospitals. Prior to joining CHA in 2014, Ms. Garman spent eight years as general counsel for what is now UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Before joining Children’s, she was a partner at the Hanson Bridgett law firm in San Francisco, specializing in civil litigation and particularly medical staff credentialing and peer review disputes.

David Perrott, MD, DDS is senior vice president and chief medical officer of the California Hospital Association. Dr. Perrott’s responsibilities include all clinical issue areas, including the Center for Hospital Medical Executives, California Alliance of Hospital-Physician Organizations, and the Certification and Licensing Committee. Dr. Perrott is also board chair of the Hospital Quality Institute and a member of The Joint Commission (TJC) Board of Commissioners.

Lois Richardson, Esq., is CHA’s vice president of privacy and legal publications/education. In addition to her current role, Ms. Richardson has served as CHA’s legal resource for the past 19 years, primarily as legal counsel. She is the author of numerous CHA publications, including the Consent Manual, California Hospital Compliance Manual, California Health Information Privacy Manual and Mental Health Law. Ms. Richardson is also the executive director for the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.


*Members $185
**Nonmembers $250
*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.

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 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.

Continuing Education

CEs are complimentary and available for the registrant only. Full participation in the webinar is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education (CE) credit. Registrant must complete post-event survey, attest to participation and, when required, provide a professional license number.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 2.0 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education Credit should indicate their attendance when submitting an application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Legal — CHA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. Provider number 1980. This participatory activity has been approved for 2 hours of MCLE credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #11924, for 2.4 Contact Hours.

Risk Manager — Application has been made to the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) to award continuing education toward the fllfillment of FASHRM (Fellow), DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Mangement) renewal.