Legal

  1. The patient has the right to be treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religious beliefs.
  2. The patient has the right to be notified of the practice’s rules, regulations, and procedures that are involved in the patient’s medical care and participation, including financial payment plans and ways to report misconduct, complaints and other conflicts to appropriate administrators.
  3. The patient has the right to ask for and receive related, up-to-date and accurate information regarding their diagnosis, treatment plan, and prognosis.
  4. The patient has the right to be transferred to a new facility when the transfer is deemed medically sound and legally acceptable, with the permission of the new facility. The patient must also be informed of options and alternatives pertaining to transfers.
  5. The patient has the right to inquire about the details of their treatment and the procedures involved, including the risks, the possible recovery time necessary, and viable alternatives, unless in emergencies when the patient is not capable to make decisions and the need for care is immediate.
  6. The patient has the right to the utmost privacy in their care, discussion, and overall treatment. In addition, the patient has the right to confidentiality in records and correspondence, unless the case involves abuse, public health hazards, or other instances when reporting is required by law. If the practice ever shares a patient’s information for review, they will stress that the information was recorded in confidence.
  7. The patient has the right to know the financial consequences, both long-term and short-term, of their treatment, to the best of the practitioner’s knowledge.
  8. The patient has the right to refuse a recommended treatment plan, both before and during the treatment, to the degree the law permits, and to be aware of the consequences of this action. If the patient refuses, they are accredited to other appropriate treatment plans as the practice allows.
  9. The patient has the right to create instructions prior to treatment (including heath care proxies, living wills, or durable power of attorney for health care) about said treatment or assigning a secondary decision maker, and the practice will follow these instructions to the best of their ability as permitted by law.
  10. The patient has the right to know the identities of doctors, nurses, physicians, and other participants in their treatment, including when participants are students or trainees.
  11. The patient has the right to examine and review their records and have content elaborated or explained, except when forbidden by law.
  12. The patient has the right to presume that the practice, to the best of their knowledge and abilities, will make an appropriate response to a patient’s request, and that the practice will report with analysis and conclusions as determined by the immediacy of the case.
  13. The patient has the right to accept or deny participation in research studies or experimentation that would alter treatment or mandate additional patient participation. These studies must be fully elaborated and detailed to the patient before consent. If the patient declines, they have the right to expect the most productive treatment the practice can provide.
  14. The patient has the right to expect appropriate cohesion of treatment and to be notified by physicians and other administrators of possible plans of care.