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Req-2039: Problem-specific age of consent
Release Package: 2015 Priority List

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2015 Priority List

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Problem-specific age of consent


The system shall provide the ability to access legal guidelines on consent requirements for reference, where available, and to record the age of consent for a specific treatment when these differ based on legal guidelines.

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Req-2039 is associated with 2013 Format Req-1249 Problem-specific age of consent Normative Statements SHALL Compare

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Normative Statement







Implementation Notes:

Rules regarding age of consent vary across States and they also can vary depending on the service being provided or the minor patient’s status. When a health provider is providing minor consent services, it is important for the system to support a provider’s understanding around the relevant consent rules through available, up-to-date reference materials and to be able to record the age of or basis for consent within the record.
This reference could be provded in the form of a look-up function, marked with the appropriate dates under which the information was referenced. The look-up could include the age of majority as defined in each State statute, along with any exceptions allowing for minor consent/assent prior to the age of majority for specific types of treatment.
Several resources are available online that can support this functionality, including: State Minor Consent Laws: A Summary, from the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law (http://www.cahl.org/state-minor-consent-laws-a-summary-third-edition/ (for a fee State Policies in Brief: An Overview of Minors’ Consent Laws by Guttmacher Institute (updated yearly (http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_OMCL.pdf as well as numerous State-specific resources, such as Understanding Confidentiality and Minor Consent in California: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit from the Adolescent Health Working Group (http://ahwg.net/uploads/3/2/5/9/3259766/2010mcmoduleblackwhite.pdf

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Last Updated 04/13/2016
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