2019 Consent Manual
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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 acclaimed manual addresses state and federal laws, and covers situations involving minors, mental health treatment, end-of-life issues, refusal of treatment, and related health care law.

New for 2019 

The 2019 edition addresses many recent changes and can help hospitals:

  • Avoid undue liability stemming from new opioid prescription rules 
  • Comply with completely overhauled human subject research consent regulations 
  • Deliver newly required maternal mental health screening and education services
  • Satisfy multiple new reporting requirements 
  • Understand new situations in which minors may consent to treatment

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 2019 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2019, and includes more than 100 forms.

(46th edition, 2019)


The 2019 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through January 2019, 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 Planning, 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

Memo of Notable Changes

Download the Memo of Notable Changes here.

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-Edition Details

The Consent Manual e-edition provides access to the Consent Manual from your smart phone or tablet through the free CHA Manuals App (download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) and includes a downloadable PDF for desktop/laptop environments (see terms and conditions).

The CHA Manuals App is optimized for mobile access. The Consent Manual is presented in the App in a reflowable HTML format and features robust search functionality. The E-edition includes more than 1,000 links to take you to desired content in the manual or external websites. 

All forms and appendices from the Consent Manual are accessible from the CHA Manuals App and may be printed if you can connect to an air printer.


Following are frequently asked questions regarding the free CHA Manuals app.

  1. How do I get the app?

Download the free CHA Manuals App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once the app is installed on your mobile device simply tap the Consent Manual icon and you will be prompted to Login and set your password.

  1. Are the cross-reference links active?

Yes, all cross-reference links are active. If you tap a link that takes you to another place in the same chapter, use the “Return” button in the bottom navigation bar to return to your previous spot. If you tap a link that takes you to a different chapter, use the top “Back” button to go back to the previous page.

Because the content in the app is presented as a reflowable html document, each chapter is viewed as one long page. Therefore, if you link to a different place in the same chapter there is no page to go ‘back’ and you must use the “Return” button to go to your previous location.

  1. Is the app searchable?

Yes, the app features a robust search functionality. Simply tap the “Search” icon in the bottom navigation bar and enter the desired search term. All instances of the search term in the manual will be displayed, with links that take you directly to the desired location.

  1. Can I print from the app?

Yes, as long as you can connect to an air printer you can print from the app. What will print is a screen shot of the content you’re are viewing. PDF versions of individual CHA forms may also be printed from the app. CHA manuals are copyrighted and large sections of the book may not be printed. If you wish to have a printed copy of the manual you may purchase the discounted print/E-edition bundle from the CHA website.

  1. Are the external links active?

Yes, external websites are active. When you tap on an external link in the app, it will open a web browser window and take you to the desired website. To get back to the manual content simply tap the “CHA Manuals” prompt in the top left. Please note some website addresses may have changed since publication and CHA cannot be responsible for broken links.

  1. When a new version of a manual is released, will I automatically receive it?

No. When a new version of a manual is released you will have the option of purchasing the updated manual. You may add the updated manual to the app and keep the old manual as well or replace the older edition with the new one.

  1. Can I share the app?

No, the app may not be shared. Only one log on per authorized email address will be allowed.

  1. Does the app provide offline access?

Yes, the app provides offline access. Content can be downloaded to your device’s cache for offline access by tapping the “download” icon in the top right.