2016 Consent Manual
The trusted resource for consent and related health care law


NEW 2017 Edition coming late April/early May.

This easy-to-use manual doesn’t just repeat the law, it explains it. The Consent Manual is your one-stop resource for all legal requirements related to patient consent for medical treatment, release of medical information, refusal of treatment, and reporting requirements.

The manual addresses state and federal law, and goes beyond the basics to cover situations involving minors and mental health treatment as well as issues regarding patients’ rights, advance directives, protected health information, and related health care law. The Consent Manual gives you fast answers to complex questions, and can help hospitals comply with complicated laws.

The Consent Manual tells you exactly what the law requires and what you need to do to comply.

The “go to” for health care professionals, the Consent Manual is a proven, valuable resource for risk managers, privacy officers, compliance officers, legal counsel, emergency department and admissions staff, health information managers, clinic managers, physicians, and nurses.

With more than 600 pages and indexed for quick reference, the Consent Manual includes legal citations and practical guidance. More than 100 forms, many in Spanish, are provided on CD.

The 2016 edition addresses many legal changes, including:

  • The End of Life Option Act, effective June 9, 2016

  • Rules allowing patients to identify a family member to assist in post-hospital care

  • Requirements regarding medical records requests from attorneys prior to the filing of a lawsuit – a new form is provided

  • New laws that permit hospitals to disclose patient-identifiable information in certain situations

  • A recent court decision regarding unrepresented SNF patients who lack capacity to make health care decisions

  • Laws related to patient discharge, including Medicare discharge notices, discharge medication counseling requirements, discharging minors, and more

(43rd edition, 2016)


The 2016 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2016, is indexed for fast reference, and features more than 600 pages, with more than 100 forms (many in Spanish) provided electronically on the CD that ships with the manual.

  • Patients’ Rights and the Basic Principles of Consent
  • Who May Give Consent
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Procedures that Require Special Consent
  • Refusal of Treatment and End-of-Life Issues
  • Medical Procedures and Interrogations Requested by Law Enforcement
  • Research on Human Subjects
  • Conditions of Admission, Arbitration and Liens
  • Patient Transfer, Discharge or Temporary Absence
  • Maternity/Newborn Issues
  • Deaths, Autopsies and Anatomical Gifts
  • Voluntary Admission and Involuntary Detainment for Mental Health Treatment
  • Rights of Mental Health Patients
  • The Medical Record
  • Privacy Rights and Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: Patients Covered by CMIA
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: Patients Covered by LPS
  • Use and Disclosure of PHI: Substance Abuse
  • Assault and Abuse Reporting Requirements
  • Other Statutory Reporting Requirements
  • Incident and Quality Assurance Reports
  • Hospital Liability for Patients’ Belongings
  • HIV and Other Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Other Issues
Also Includes:
  • Introduction
  • Where to Find Laws Referenced in the Manual
  • Numerical Listing of Tables, Forms and Appendixes
  • Signage Requirements
  • Patient Handouts or Other Informational Requirements
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Special Consent Requirements
  • Index


“When there’s not a clear answer, check the Consent Manual. I love it, it covers everything!”
TuRae Fazio, CPHRM, Director, Risk Management Claims & Insurance,
MemorialCare Health System

“We always feel we are standing on solid ground when we consult the Consent Manual — No other resource addresses California-specific issues at this level of detail.”
— Edward Fabi, Registered In-House Counsel, Sutter Health

“I have yet to have a question that the Consent Manual content could not address.”
— Marianne Padden, Director, Risk Management/Regulatory Compliance, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center – Torrance

“The Consent Manual gives me good depth of information, and having the citations right there saves a lot of legal research time.”
— Kelley Evans, Senior Counsel, Dignity Health

“The Consent Manual is a comprehensive and reliable resource that we can refer to for a quick answer to almost any question about consent in the hospital setting — it’s a must-have for risk managers, legal counsel, and anyone in hospital operations.”
— Karen Weinstein, Senior Counsel, MemorialCare Health System

“The Consent Manual covers much more than consent law and saves hours of research. It’s a great resource for risk managers.”
— Kathryn Biasotti, BSN, CPHRM​, Administrative Director Legal and Risk, Barton Health