Education event

Medication Profile for High-Risk Patients Webinar
Defining, interpreting and implementing SB 1254

Registration is now closed.
Please call CHA Education at (916) 552-7637.

January 15, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Pacific Time


Currently, there is ambiguity surrounding responsibility for ensuring medication profiles are accurate upon hospital admission. Adverse drug events account for an estimated one in three of all hospital incidents, affects about two million hospital stays each year and prolongs hospital stays by 1.7 to 4.6 days. These events can be especially traumatic for high-risk patients with chronic diseases who take multiple medications. If high-risk patients had their medication profile obtained by hospital pharmacists or trained pharmacy technicians upon admission, such errors could be decreased, leading to an increase in patient safety, reduction in health care costs and improved patient outcomes.  

Signed by the governor in September, SB 1254 requires hospital pharmacists to obtain the medication profiles for high-risk patients upon admission. Precise medication profiles help physicians make treatment and medication decisions during a hospital stay and at patient discharge. Pharmacy interns and technicians can perform this function once they have successfully completed training and proctoring by the hospital pharmacy department.

Join us to hear how experts are implementing SB 1254 at their organizations. Learn about nuances within the law and hear examples of how some hospitals currently define high-risk patients and their approach to interpretation and compliance with this regulation.

Recommended for:

Health Care Executives, Physicians, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Staff, Nurses, Nursing Directors, Emergency Department Staff, Compliance Officers, Admissions


  • History – realize the importance of this regulation, supporting data, percent of affected population
  • Legislation – understand how SB 1254 complements Pharmacy Law, what we hope to gain from this law
  • Regulatory Requirements – define high-risk patients, training, proctoring, quality assurance, and exclusions to the law
  • Hospital Case Studies – hear best practices, lessons learned, and nuances of resource utilization
  • Discuss FAQs


Rita Shane, Pharm.D., FASHP, FCSHP is the Chief Pharmacy Officer and Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, an 886 bed acute, tertiary care, teaching institution in Los Angeles and Assistant Dean, Clinical Pharmacy Services, at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy. She is responsible for over 350 staff members. Dr. Shane’s goal is to ensure that wherever patients need care, there is a demand for pharmacists to ensure optimal management of medications.

Sarah Stephens, PharmD, BCPS, CPPS is the Medication Safety Coordinator for Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, California. The majority of Dr. Stephens’ career  has focused in acute care adult internal medicine. Current initiatives and research interests include reducing medication errors in the areas of anticoagulation and pain management, improving transitions of care with an emphasis on discharge medication reconciliation, and evaluating safety culture. Dr. Stephens is a current member of the California Hospital Association Medication Safety Committee and is a Director at Large for ASHP’s Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners.

Sarah A. Bajorek, PharmD, BCACP is the Pharmacy Supervisor for Transitions of Care and Medication Reconciliation at UC Davis Health and an Assistant Clinical Professor with UC San Francisco’s School of Pharmacy. At UC Davis, she leads the Transitions of Care and Medication Reconciliation team, which consists of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists completing best possible medication histories (BPMH) and medication reconciliation for high risk patients.

Mithu Molla is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine and currently serves as Section Chief for Hospital Medicine at UC Davis Medical Center. He is involved in numerous hospital quality initiatives, hospital operations, and practice management, including medication management and medication reconciliation. Dr. Molla completed his medical degree at West Virginia University, his residency training in Internal Medicine and received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at George Washington University.

BJ Bartleson, RN, MS, NEA-BC provides leadership in developing, communicating and implementing CHA policy related to nursing, emergency services, trauma and medication safety. She is recognized statewide and nationally as a nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience as an administrator, educator, researcher, clinician, manager and expert in multiple areas of acute patient care management and nursing practice.


Full participation in the webinar is required to receive professional continuing education (CE) credit. The registrant must complete an online evaluation, attest to participation and, when required, provide a professional license number. (Amount of CE offered subject to change.)

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 1.8 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 1.5 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.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for 1.8 contact hours.


Members $135
Nonmembers $185
Multiple staff can participate from one location for one tuition fee.

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 that payment is due on or before the program. Payments not received by the program 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.


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