Following is some general information giving an overview of some of the legal issues relating to patient rights that you, as a caregiver, may face with your elderly loved ones.
Patient rights is a distinct area of the law, which may vary state to state. Consult competent counsel in the state(s) where your senior loved one resides.
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On January 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced publication in the Federal Register of the final version of a new rule strengthening patient privacy rights. The new rule strengthens the privacy and security protections . . . → Read More: HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and its Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced new data on Friday, February 17, showing that the use of electronic health records has more than doubled . . . → Read More: Health IT, Electronic Health Records & Health IT Jobs Expanding, New Data Show
Patient Rights, Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute. Search results of the Cornell data base of laws for “patient rights” lists several U.S. Code sections (federal statutory law), U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and Code of Federal Regulations Sections dealing . . . → Read More: Patient Rights, Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute
The Patient Care Partnership: What to Expect during your Hospital Stay, American Hospital Association. Brochure listing rights that patients should expect: (1) high quality hospital care, (2) a clean, safe environment, (3) involvement in your care, (4) protection of . . . → Read More: The Patient Care Partnership: What to Expect during your Hospital Stay
Patient Rights Program: Promoting the Rights of Patients through Education and Research, The Health Law Department of Boston University School of Public Health. Provides a short summary called, “Patient Rights at Your Finger Tips.” »View details (pdf): Patient Rights . . . → Read More: Patient Rights Program: Promoting the Rights of Patients through Education and Research
How to Get a Second Opinion, National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. You have a right to obtain a second and third opinion from different doctors. This brochure provides . . . → Read More: How to Get a Second Opinion
The Patient’s Bill of Rights; What is the Patient’s Bill of Rights? The American Cancer Society. Lists 8 key areas of patients’ rights: Information disclosure, choice of providers and plans, access to emergency services, participation in treatment decisions, respect . . . → Read More: The Patient’s Bill of Rights; What is the Patient’s Bill of Rights?
Eldercare Rights & Resources: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Administration on Aging (AoA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Long-term care ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and similar adult . . . → Read More: Eldercare Rights & Resources: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
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