2015 Consent Manual
Comprehensive resource on patient consent for medical treatment and related health care law


This easy-to-use manual doesn’t just repeat the law, it explains it. The Consent Manual is the most comprehensive and acclaimed resource available to hospitals regarding patient consent for medical treatment. The manual starts with basic principles of consent and moves to specific situations and patient types including minors, mental health treatment, advance health care directives and more. Broader consent issues such as release of information, mandatory reporting requirements and refusal of treatment are also addressed.

“The manual is useful to a wide range of personnel – from administrators, risk managers, health information and admissions staff, privacy officers, health care attorneys, physicians and nurses, emergency room staff, clinic managers, social workers, quality managers and others within a hospital or health care facility. ”
~ Lois Richardson, Esq., vice president, privacy and legal publications/education

Some of the notable changes to the 2015 edition include:

  • The addition of information that explains the laws regarding service animals/guide dogs and auxiliary aids for persons with impaired vision, hearing, or speech.
  • Details on revised consent requirements for telehealth/telemedicine.
  • New provisions under California law requiring specified information for patients who are diagnosed with a terminal illness.
  • Explanations of several appellate court decisions were released in the past year that narrowed the definition of “medical information” under the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act that allow the release of specified demographic information, and confirm that the release of that demographic information does not constitute a breach.
  • Several updated forms and posters, including the Advance Health Care Directive, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and “Be Informed” posters for breast and prostate cancer.

This nearly 1,000-page manual contains 24 chapters, several quick reference guides, and more than 100 forms (many in Spanish). All forms and appendixes are available electronically (PDF) on a free CD. This year’s edition was updated to reflect changes through January 2015.

(42nd edition, 2015)


This nearly 1,000-page manual contains 24 chapters, several quick reference guides, and more than 100 forms (many in Spanish). All forms and appendixes are now available electronically (PDF) on a free CD included with the 2015 Consent 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 & 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


“The Consent Manual is the best publication for quick answers to medical legal issues.”
— Laura Sarff, Chief Quality Officer, Olive View – UCLA Medical Center

“Even the most complex subjects are presented in an easy to understand way.”
— Jean Higgins, Quality/Risk Manager, Feather River Hospital

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