Effective immediately, consent can now be accepted for children ages 10 through 17 years old. When a patient turns 18, s/he will consent for him/herself. Using the same consent forms already in place at your facility, parents can select ‘Yes’, ‘No’, or ‘No, except in an Emergency’ for all children under 18 years of age. Emancipated minors* may provide their own consent using the same consent options that are available to all other patients.
Previously, there had been a restriction on consent for patients ages 10 through 17 years old, which only allowed emergency access for this age group. This change expands access for providers to more comprehensive medical records for patients under 18 years of age, and is especially important for pediatricians, family practitioners, hospitals, and clinics.
Please begin using your current consent form to allow parents to select an option for all children under 18 years of age.
In the coming months, any patient under 18 years old will be able to override the consent status provided for them by their parent/guardian when receiving any minor-consented services. These services include, but are not limited to, reproductive services and STD testing. The child will be able to override if the parent has consented ‘No’, ‘No, except in an Emergency’, or has not yet consented. The override consent will only remain in effect for the duration of the visit. More details will be distributed when this feature becomes available.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.671.2241 x5.
*An emancipated minor (any person who is the parent of a child, has married, or is otherwise legally emancipated) may give consent for medical, dental, health and hospital services for him/herself and the consent of no other person shall be necessary.