Know Your Rights and Responsibilities


You have certain rights and protections guaranteed by state and federal law to ensure the quality and safety of your hospital care. Additionally, you have certain responsibilities that will help us provide you with quality care that is appropriate to your needs.

Your patient rights and responsibilities are important. Please take the time to review them.

A designated surrogate can exercise these rights on the patient’s behalf, or a proxy decision maker if patient lacks decision making capacity, is legally incompetent, or is a minor.

You and your designated representative have the right to:

  1. Nondiscriminatory access to care, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  2. Be treated with dignity, respect and consideration
  3. Participate or refuse to participate in research and or clinical trials
  4. Make informed care decisions
  5. Participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care, discharge plan, and pain management plan
  6. Formulate advance directives; such as a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and have hospital personnel comply with these directives
  7. Refuse care, treatment, or services
  8. Safe and high-quality healthcare services
  9. Receive privacy in treatment and care for personal needs
  10. Privacy, security, and confidentiality of protected health information
  11. Designate a decision maker if necessary
  12. Freedom from abuse, neglect, harassment, exploitation, coercion, manipulation, sexual abuse and sexual assault
  13. Freedom from restraint or seclusion as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation
  14. Receive KRMC’s Notice of Privacy Practices
  15. Information regarding treatment options, patient rights, healthcare providers, admission, discharge, transfer and billing practices
  16. Be informed of available resources for resolving disputes, grievances, conflicts and ethical issues
  17. Notification of family, designated representatives and personal physicians of admission
  18. Receive, release or inspect copies of personal medical records, upon written request (except as limited by law)
  19. Request (in writing) amendments of medical records and accounting of disclosures of protected healthcare information outside of its use for treatment, payment, or operations purposes
  20. Request (in writing) confidential communications
  21. Receive assistance from a family member, patient’s representative, or other individual in understanding, protecting or exercising the patient’s rights
  22. Receive visitors, including, but not limited to a spouse, domestic partner (including same-sex domestic partner), another family member or friend. Also included is the right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time.
  23. KRMC will not deny or restrict visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability

As a patient or patient representative, you are responsible for:

  1. Providing KRMC with up-to-date personal information such as address, telephone numbers, insurance information and past medical history
  2. Following hospital rules and regulations regarding patient care, conduct, smoking and visitation
  3. Considering the rights and property of other patients and staff
  4. Fulfilling existing financial obligations promptly
  5. Following plans and instructions agreed upon with healthcare providers, express any concerns about your ability to follow and comply with proposed care and course of treatment
  6. Reporting concerns about safety
  7. Becoming actively involved in your own care

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