2018 Consent Manual
The trusted resource for consent and related health care law

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The Consent Manual is your one-stop resource for all legal requirements related to patient consent for medical treatment, release of medical information, reporting requirements and more. It details exactly what the law requires and what you need to do to comply.

This comprehensive and acclaimed resource 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.

The 2018 edition of the Consent Manual addresses many changes in health care law, including: 

  • Specific requirements related to prescribing opioids. 
  • A new law requiring hospitals to prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in parts of the hospital.
  • New requirements for hospitals to notify ambulance personnel when they bring a patient with a communicable disease to the Emergency Department.
  • Information regarding overlapping surgeries.
  • Updates regarding California’s medical and recreational marijuana laws.
  • Statutory changes related to extending involuntary holds beyond 72 hours.
  • New law regarding medical, payroll, and billing record retention. 

The Consent Manual is a proven resource for risk managers, privacy officers, physicians and nurses, legal counsel, emergency departments, health information managers, admissions staff, and quality managers.

The 2018 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2018, and includes more than 100 forms.

New for 2018, CHA’s Consent Manual is available electronically!

The Consent Manual is now available as a printed manual, a PDF licensed for individual use, or an individual-PDF/print bundle. Terms apply, see “E-Manual Terms of Use” tab. 

If you are interested in purchasing a PDF version of the Consent Manual for posting to an Intranet, please contact Bob Mion at or 916-552-7508.

(45th edition, 2018)


The 2018 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2018, is indexed for fast reference, and features more than 600 pages.

  • 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

Notable Changes

Download the memo of notable changes to the 2018 Consent Manual.


Click here for a preview of the 2018 Consent Manual.

Forms Policy

CHA includes hard copies of forms and appendices in its manuals for all purchasers. Electronic versions of forms, appendices, and the model compliance plan are available to CHA members for download at

E-Manual Terms of Use

Limited Use License:

In purchasing this electronic publication (Publication), the individual who purchased it (Purchaser) agrees to abide by the terms of this Limited Use License. This Limited Use License: (1) gives Purchaser a non-exclusive, non-assignable, royalty free, perpetual, limited right to use this electronic publication only for his/her personal use; and (2) prohibits Purchaser from posting, reproducing, distributing, disseminating, transmitting, or otherwise allowing anyone else to access or use this Publication. CHA is and will be the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title, and interest, including intellectual property rights, in this Publication and its contents. CHA will strictly enforce the terms of this Limited Use License.

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Purchases that include electronic publications are not refundable.

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