Education event

Civil and Criminal Subpoenas Webinar
What you need to know — from receipt to response

November 13, 2012
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Pacific Time


You’ve just been served. The subpoena “looks” okay,  and seems “official,” but you’re wary — and you should be. The stakes are often high if you get this wrong.

Confusion with subpoenas is common and very understandable. There are several types of subpoenas, each governed by different laws. Plus, it can be hard to tell whether or not a subpoena is truly “valid.” Knowing the difference is critical — releasing information or records in response to an invalid or fraudulent subpoena is a breach of privacy under state and federal law. Now you have more problems.

This webinar will thoroughly explain the nuances of civil and criminal subpoenas. Participants will learn how to review what they receive and respond with confidence. Case examples will be used to illustrate common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Register now to improve your knowledge of civil and criminal subpoenas.


The nuances of civil and criminal subpoenas

  • How to identify the different types and uses
  • Which federal or state laws apply
  • What makes a subpoena “valid” — court seals, signatures, case numbers
  • Methods of delivery — personal, mail, fax
  • Request for employment or medical records, billing, mental health, substance abuse, HIV, etc.
  • Subpoena is too broad? When you can push back and how
  • Who should receive a subpoena, suggested P&P

You’ve been served — now what?

  • The right and wrong way to receive a subpoena
  • When the clock starts for response
  • Deadlines — are they all hard and fast?
  • What happens to the clock if subpoena is “invalid”
  • Action steps for civil vs. criminal subpoenas
  • Civil subpoena requirements and “Notice to Consumer”
  • Risks of late response, fees and more …
  • Methods of response for medical records, other

Best practices for managing subpoenas

  • Most common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Case scenarios illustrating common situations and solutions
  • Inappropriate access through invalid or fraudulent subpoenas


Edward Fabi is registered in-house counsel for Sutter Health, the largest non-profit health care organization in Northern California. Mr. Fabi’s primary areas of practice are bio-ethics, regulatory compliance, medical research, and patient consent issues. In addition to developing front-line defense strategies in medical malpractice suits and regulatory compliance complaints, he also educates health care executives, physicians, and nurses on “best practices” for patient safety and litigation.

Prior to joining Sutter Health, Mr. Fabi was an associate at Campbell, Yost, Clare & Norell P.C., a law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, that specializes in health care law and medical malpractice defense of health systems, medical centers, and medical professionals. In addition, he also spent nearly ten years in active duty service with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps, specializing primarily in Federal civil and criminal litigation.


Members $185 (per connection)
Nonmembers $275 (per connection)

Multiple staff can gather and participate from one location for one tuition fee. Register online using the button on the right or complete the registration form and fax it to (916) 552-7506. Checks should be made payable to CAHHS/CHA and mailed to:

California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cancellation Policy
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven days prior and e-mailed to, or faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date. If the webinar is cancelled paid participants will be fully refunded within 30 days.

Continuing Education

Full attendance, completion of online survey, and attestation of attendance is required to receive continuing education credit for this webinar.

Note: Only registrant may receive complimentary CEs. If additional participants under the same registration would like to be awarded CEs, a fee of $20 per person, will apply. Post-event survey will be sent to registrant and provide information on how to apply online for additional CEs.

Health Care Executives: CHA is authorized to award 2 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 application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Health Information:  This program has been approved for 2 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in the following core content categories: External Forces: 1, Privacy and Security Hours: 1.

Legal: CHA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This 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.

Access Info

This webinar allows you to attend and participate without ever leaving the office. The webinar is produced live, via the Internet and a telephone line. You only need a telephone and a computer with a web browser to participate.

Once you register, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with pertinent program information.

Audio for the webinar is accessed through a toll-free number (U.S. calls only). During the program, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If multiple people will be listening to the program at your office, only one person needs to register for the group. The slide presentation is accessed on your computer via the web.

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