At Lakewood Health System, we place the highest priority on our patients’ right to privacy and safety. We are committed to providing you and your family with exceptional service, and forming a relationship that is built on trust. This means we respect your rights to privacy and safety, and will protect the confidentiality of you and your family’s health information.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by the United States Congress in 1996. The act had two goals: to protect the health insurance coverage of workers and their dependents when they left or changed jobs, and to establish national standards for electronic transmission of health care information with the goal of ensuring patient privacy.
The purpose of this document is to promote the interests and well-being of the patients of healthcare facilities. No healthcare facility may require a patient to waive these rights as a condition of admission to the facility. It is the intent that every patient’s civil and religious liberties, including the right to independent personal decisions and knowledge of available choices, shall not be infringed and that the facility shall encourage and assist in the fullest possible exercise of these rights.
Care Center residents have certain rights and protections under the law. It is important to publish and understand these rights to ensure the continuation of excellent quality care for individuals who live in a long-term care facility.