In the Hospital

In the Hospital

A trip to the hospital or surgical center often stems from an emergency or serious situation. Knowing your rights and responsibilities are therefore particularly important for the patient or the patient’s advocate. As always, a little bit of preparation before your visit can help you receive the best possible treatment while staying in control of your medical treatment and protecting your privacy.

Registration

When you arrive at the hospital and check in at the registration desk, remember to keep these five things in mind.

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

You can refuse to sign the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices Form. Learn how and see examples here.

Consent Forms

Consent forms come in many shapes and sizes. Although various state and federal laws govern what they must cover, not every form makes it easy for patients to protect their privacy and sharing choices. Learn what to look for and how to modify forms to reflect your desires here.

Questionnaires

Learn about those pesky and often lengthy questionnaire forms that have little to do with your actual treatment or diagnosis.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Learn about the government Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, what you can do to protect your private information, the impact EHRs have on how your doctor treats you, and why you should be concerned.

Twelve Important Questions to Ask

A list of questions to ask during your visit.

Scribes

Learn how scribes compromise the integrity and privacy of the exam room AND what you can do about it!

Check Credentials

Descriptions of various types of health care practitioners.

Coming Soon - Vaccinations

Coming Soon - Vaccinations


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