Patient Rights & Responsibilities

George Regional Hospital has established written policies and procedures regarding the rights and responsibilities of its patients. These policies and procedures are available to patients, to any guardian, next of kin, sponsoring agency, or representative payee of each individual patient. Copies of these policies and procedures can be made available to the public, upon request, and are posted throughout the facility. The facility administrator is responsible for development, adherence and implementation of these policies and to make sure the staff of the facility are trained and involved in the implementation of these policies and procedures.

1. Each patient is fully informed, prior to or at the time of admissions and throughout their stay, in writing and verbally of services available in the facility, and of related charges including any charges for services covered or not covered under Title XVIII (Medicare) and Title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act or by the facilities basic per diem rate (Daily charge for Room, Board, and Basic Care);

2. Each patient must also be informed of items and services that are included in nursing facility services under the State Plan and for which the patient may not be charged;

3. Each patient must also be informed of items and services that the facility offers and for which the patient may be charged as well as the amount of charges for the services; If at any time during the patient’s stay at the facility, he/she becomes eligible or entitled to benefits, including Medicaid, they will be informed of those benefits in writing, at the time of eligibility;

4. Each patient, unless adjudged incompetent or otherwise found to be incapacitated under the laws of the State of Mississippi, is fully informed by a physician, of his/her medical condition unless medically contraindicated (as documented by a physician in his/her medical record) and is afforded the opportunity to participate in the planning of his/her medical treatment and refuse to participate in experimental research;

5. Each patient has the right to be fully informed (in advance), in language that he or she can understand, of their total health status, including but not limited to, their medical condition, about their care and treatment of any changes in that care or treatment that may affect the patient’s well-being;

6. Each patient has the right to choose a personal attending physician;

7. Each patient has the right to formulate and advance directive, if they so desire;

8. Each patient is transferred or discharged only for medical reason, or for his/her or other patients’ welfare, or for non-payment of their stay (except as prohibited by Medicare and Medicaid sections of the Social Security Act) and is given reasonable advanced notice to ensure orderly transfer or discharge. Such actions must be documented in the patient’s medical record.

9. Each patient has the right to be free from mental and physical abuse and free from chemical and (except in emergencies) physical restraints except as authorized in writing by a physical for a specified and limited period of time. Restraints can be used only to protect the patient from injury to himself/herself or to others, to treat a patient’s medical symptoms or to assist the resident to their highest level of independent functioning;

10. Each patient has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion: The facility will not employ individuals who have been found guilty of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating a patient, or who has had a finding entered into the State nurse aide registry concerning abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or misappropriation of the patient’s property.

11. George Regional Hospital has developed and implemented written policies and procedures that prohibit mistreatment, neglect and abuse of patients as well as the misappropriation of a patient’s property;

12. Each patient is assured of confidential treatment of his/her personal and clinical records and may approve or refuse their release to any individual outside the facility, except in cases of the patient’s transfer to another health care facility, or as required by law or third party payment contract;

13. George Regional Hospital policy is defined personal privacy to include accommodation, medical treatment, written and telephone communications, personal care, visits and meetings of family and residents groups. Providing private rooms for each patient is not part of the facility policies and is not required by Federal or State law (except as defined by a patient’s specific medical conditions);

14. No patient will be required to perform services for the facility that are not included for therapeutic purpose and included on the individual patient’s plan of care;

15. Each patient may associate and communicate privately with persons of his/her choice, and send and receive mail unopened, unless medically contraindicated (as documented by a physician in the medical record). Any patient may request assistance with sending and receiving mail, including opening and reading said mail. This request must also be documented in the patient’s medical record;

16. George Regional Hospital will provide immediate access, when present in the facility, to the immediate family or other relatives of the resident who the resident wishes to see. Reasonable restrictions apply and the resident may deny or withdraw consent with anyone to visit at any time desired;

17. Each patient will be given access to stationary, postage, and writing implements at the patient’s own expense.

18. Each patient may retain and use his/her personal clothing and possessions as space permits, unless to do so would infringe upon the rights of other patients, or be medically contraindicated (as documented by a physician in the medical record);

19. Each patient has the right to share a room with his/her spouse when married and couples are both patients at George Regional Hospital. Both spouses must consent to the arrangement. Privacy will also be given to couples where one spouse is a patient in the facility, and one is a resident of a community outside the facility.