CHA News Article

2017 Consent Manual Released
CHA mails each member organization a free manual

CHA is pleased to announce the 2017 Consent Manual is now available. Updated to reflect changes to state and federal consent law through January 2017, the Consent Manual explains the law and what hospitals need to do to comply. As a service to members, one complimentary copy of this acclaimed publication is being sent to each member hospital and system CEO this week.

The Consent Manual is the most comprehensive resource available on consent for medical treatment, covering situations involving minors, mental health, end-of-life issues and advance health care directives, patients’ rights, privacy basics, reporting requirements and related health care law. It is designed to help keep hospital executives abreast of the law and provide answers to difficult questions faced by staff every day.

The 2017 Consent Manual has been updated to address:

  • Revised Office for Civil Rights regulations that prohibit discrimination and address interpreter services, LGBTQ issues and more
  • State and federal requirements to notify observation patients about their status
  • Photographing and filming patients, searching patients and their belongings, audio recording, law enforcement body cameras and consumer wearables
  • Requirements to notify patients scheduled for a service in a hospital-based outpatient clinic if that service is also available in a non-hospital-based location
  • Complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including sample language for obtaining a patient’s phone number

The Consent Manual was updated by CHA’s Lois J. Richardson, Esq., vice president and counsel, privacy and legal publications, and includes legal citations. It also includes more than 100 ready-to-use forms, many available on CD in both English and Spanish.

CHA is offering a series of Consent Law seminars throughout California, which began this week in Southern California. Complete program details and registration information can be found at   

To order the Consent Manual, visit