Your Patient Bill Of Rights

Historically, each health care facility in the United States has subscribed to a written Patient Bill of Rights that was created by the American Hospital Association in 1995. That document was replaced a few years ago by The Patient Care Partnership which uses plain language to inform patients about what they should expect during their hospital stay with regard to their rights and responsibilities.(http://www.aha.org/aha/issues/Communicating-With-Patients/pt-care-partnership.html). What you should expect during your hospital stay: High quality & …

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Patient Self Determination Act

The Patient Self-Determination Act became law is the U.S. in 1990. and was implemented in all health care institutions. As a result of this Act, all patients were guaranteed to be provided with pertinent information about their legal rights to identify in writing the care they wished to receive in the event that they became incapacitated and unable to make their own health care decisions. In addition, this Act also guaranteed that upon admission to …

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Signing A Treatment Consent Form

Read the Fine Print: Before you have any invasive diagnostic or treatment procedure in the hospital, you will be asked to sign a treatment consent form. Legally, treatment consent forms are used to obtain your informed consent. Informed consent implies that you know what the form says, you completely understand what the procedure is all about, and you are aware of any risks involved. In most cases, your doctor will be the one who explains the procedure to …

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Rights Of The Hospitalized Mentally Ill Patient

The mentally ill patient has many rights provided to them by our legal system: They have the right to treated with dignity and respect. They have the right to communicate with people outside of the hospital. They have the right to keep clothing and personal effects with them They have the right to religious freedom. They have the right to be employed. They have the right to manage property. They have the right to execute …

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THE PATIENT CARE PARTNERSHIP by the American Hospital Association

WHAT IS THE PATIENT CARE PARTNERSHIP? The Patient Care Partnership is a document created by the American Hospital Association in 2003 that helps you as a patient understand what your expectations should be with regards to being a patient. In addition, it delineates what your patient rights are and what responsibilities you assume when you become a patient in a health care facility. There are certain things you can expect while in the hospital and …

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How Your Confidentiality Is Maintained

HIPAA: Every health care consumer is guaranteed privacy and confidentiality by HIPAA, the Health Information Portability & Accountability Act of 1996. This Act protects your personal information by holding EVERYONE in the health care arena legally responsible for maintaining your confidentiality. (HIPAA: http://www.hhs.gov). Each member of your health care team is required by legal law and moral responsibility to keep your health care information completely confidential and private. They maintain this confidentiality by: Not discussing patient …

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How To Access Your Medical Records

It is your absolute right to have all of your medical information in your hands, including your medical history, diagnostic lab & test results, current treatments, and any operative notes. Accessing Physician Records: Make a list of all of your physicians along with their email address, telephone and fax numbers. Call, email or fax each office and request a list of your diagnosis(es) and recommended treatments, in addition to any diagnostic lab or test results. …

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What I Need To Know About Advance Directives

There may come a time in your life when you will be unable to make your own decisions regarding your medical care. An Advance Directive is your life on your terms. Whether you’re 18 or 80, documenting your health care wishes today means your family won’t have to make those heart-wrenching decisions later on when you are unable to make them for yourself. WHAT IS AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE? An Advance Directive   is generally a …

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Can I Refuse Care?

Goal of Patient Care: When you are a patient in the health care setting, it is important for you to realize that the members of your health care team have your best interests at heart. Your absolute safety and security is the ultimate goal of all patient care and the mantra of your health care team is to do “no harm”. While that is the goal, you have only to read a newspaper or listen to …

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How To Prepare For A Doctor Visit

Being prepared for a doctor visit can make a huge difference in your comfort level as a patient. If you spend a few minutes preparing for your visit, you will be better informed and capable of making better decisions. You will also be better able to partner with your health care provider to get the best health care outcomes possible. How To Find A Doctor: If you are new to an area and don’t know …

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How To Be A Patient Advocate

When you assume the role of patient advocate for someone you love or care about, you will be playing a very important role in the safety and security of the patient. Be sure that the staff knows that you will be advocating for the patient. Because of laws regarding patient confidentiality ( HIPAA: Health Information Portability & Accountability Act of 1996; http://www.hhs.gov.com) the patient will have to sign a form designating you as their advocate. People …

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Why You Need A Patient Advocate

As a patient you absorb a lot less information when you are anxious, scared, vulnerable, in pain, medicated, immobilized, unconscious, drowsy and/or undressed. In such scenarios, ask a trusted family member or friend to be your patient advocate when you enter the health care system. Plan on keeping your advocate with you at all times, even overnight, if you are going to need hospitalization. You will be able to rest much better. Your advocate can …

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Taking Charge – Using Your Voice To Ask The Tough Questions

Don’t leave your doctor’s office without the answers you need. by: Cathie Gandel | from: AARP Bulletin | May 15, 2009 Credit: Blend Images/Getty Images Asking the right questions just might save your life. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often enough. Study after study has shown that good communication and patient safety are inexorably linked. When communication with health care providers fails, patients are less likely to follow medication instructions, are subjected to more diagnostic …

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