2017 Consent Manual
The trusted resource for consent and related health care law


The Consent Manual is the most comprehensive and acclaimed resource available regarding consent for medical treatment. The manual addresses state and federal laws, and covers situations involving minors, mental health treatment, advance health care directives, end-of-life issues, reporting requirements, refusal of treatment, and related health care law.

This easy-to-use resource doesn’t just repeat the law, it provides fast answers to complex questions to help hospitals comply with complicated regulations.

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
  • And more

The “go to” for health care professionals, the Consent Manual is a proven resource for risk managers, privacy officers, chief medical officers, nurse executives and nurses, legal counsel, emergency departments, health information managers, admissions staff, and quality managers.

The 2017 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2017, and is indexed for fast reference, with more than 100 forms (many in Spanish) provided on the CD that ships with the manual.

(44th edition, 2017)


The 2017 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2017, 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 Interpreter Services
  • Basic Principles of Consent
  • Who May Consent for Adults Lacking Capacity
  • Who May Consent for Minor Patients
  • Treatments that Require Special Consent
  • Refusal of Treatment and End-of-Life Issues
  • The Medical Record
  • Health Information Privacy Basics
  • Medical Procedures and Interrogations Requested by Law Enforcement
  • Research on Human Subjects
  • Admission and Registration Documents, Arbitration and Liens
  • Discharge Pkanning, Patient Transfers and Related Issues
  • Maternity and Newborn Issues
  • Deaths, Autopsies and Anatomical Gifts
  • Voluntary Admission and Involuntary Detainment for Mental Health Treatment
  • Mental Health Patients: Rights and Reporting
  • Assault and Abuse Reporting Requirements
  • Reporting Communicable Diseases and Other Patient Conditions
  • Adverse Events and Incident Reports
  • Other Issues
Also Includes:
  • Introduction
  • Where to Find Laws Referenced in the Manual
  • Numerical Listing of 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