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Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients Webinar

On October 13, 2015 (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT),  the California Hospital Association is offering a webinar on “Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients.”

On June 24, the Alameda County Superior Court found unconstitutional a California law that permits skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) to use interdisciplinary teams to make medical decisions for patients who lack capacity and have no one to make decisions for them. While the law applies to SNFs, many hospital interdisciplinary teams have also been operating under a model policy developed by the California Hospital Association, the California Medical Association and the Alliance of Catholic Hospitals, which is based the SNF law.

It is unclear whether the decision will be appealed. However, to protect patient rights, SNFs and hospitals should revise their policies and procedures. This webinar will explain the implications of the case, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform v. Chapman, and how policies and procedures should be revised to comply. An updated model policy for consent for treatment of unrepresented patients will be provided along with other tools to operationalize the new process.

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