CHA News Article

Consent Manual Updated for 2013
Seminars begin today

CHA’s Consent Manual has been updated to reflect all changes in state and federal consent law through Jan. 2013.  One complimentary copy of the popular manual will be sent to each member hospital and system CEO next week.

The nearly 1,000-page Consent Manual is the most acclaimed resource available to hospitals on patient consent for medical treatment and related health care law. The 2013 manual includes revisions to the HIPAA and HITECH Act regulations that affect the use and disclosure of health information, patients’ access to their health information, patients’ right to restrict access to their health information, the Notice of Privacy Practices, and other related topics. Additional important changes covered in the manual include the shortened time frame for reporting alleged elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect that occurred in a long-term care facility; a new prohibition if a parent or guardian requests access to their child’s mental health information and it is known that the child has been removed from their physical custody in a dependency proceeding; a discussion on new health care practitioner responsibilities when children are enrolled in school and parents choose not to vaccinate them; and additional information that hospitals must include on the child safety seat information form provided to the parent or guardian of any child younger than eight. To order the Consent Manual, visit

Edited by CHA’s Lois J. Richardson, Esq., vice president, privacy and legal publications, the manual includes legal citations, an index of key terms and a CD containing sample forms, posters and appendixes. Many of the forms and posters are available free on the CHA website at

CHA is also offering a series of six Consent Law seminars throughout California: April 17 in San Diego, April 18 in Ontario, April 30 in Pasadena, May 16 in Costa Mesa, May 29 in Sacramento, and May 30 in San Ramon. Complete program and registration information can be found at