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.
New for 2020
The Consent Manual addresses state and federal health care law through June 2020, and has been updated to discuss:
- Information that must be given to patients regarding how to file a complaint with the Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing as well as the Medical Board of California
- Reporting requirements for facilities that receive written allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct
- Implications from recent court decisions involving unrepresented patients
- Revisions to the Medicare Condition of Participation for discharge planning
- Updates to state and federal lists of reportable diseases and diseases that trigger a duty to notify first responders
This acclaimed manual covers situations involving minors, mental health treatment, end-of-life issues, refusal of treatment, and related health care law.
(47th edition, 2020)
The 2020 Consent Manual reflects legal changes through June 2020, 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
- 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
“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 for 2020 here.
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