Notice of Privacy Practices

Thomasville Orthopedic Center respects the privacy of its patients and follows federal guidelines in protecting your health information.

In 1996, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the Privacy Rule also referred to as HIPPA Privacy Rule. A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well being.

The privacy rules protects all “individually identifiable health information” including demographic data, that relates to:

  • the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,
  • the provision of health care to the individual, or
  • the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,

Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number).

Click here for a complete explanation of the Privacy Rule.

Patient Rights

The patient has a right to...

  • Be informed of his/her rights as a patient in advance of, or when discontinuing, the provision of care.
  • Exercise these rights without regard to race, sex, cultural, educational or religious background or the source of payment for care.
  • Receive considerate and respectful care, provided in a safe environment.
  • Remain free from seclusion or restraints of any form that are not medically necessary.
  • Coordinate his/her care with physicians and other healthcare providers.
  • Receive information from the physician about illness, course of treatment and the prospects for recovery in terms that he/she can understand.
  • Receive information about any proposed treatment or procedure as needed to give informed consent or to refuse treatment.
  • Have a family member or representative of his/her choice be involved in his/her care.
  • Full consideration of patient privacy with regards to consultation, examination, treatment or surgery.
  • Confidential treatment of all communication and records pertaining to patient care. Access to information in his/her medical records within a reasonable time frame, when requested.
  • Leave the facility even against medical advice.
  • Be informed by a physician or designee of the continuing healthcare requirements after discharge.
  • Examine and receive an explanation of the bill regardless of payment source.
  • Be advised of the facility’s grievance process.
  • Have all patient’s rights apply to the person who has legal responsibility to make decisions regarding medical care on behalf of the patient.
  • All facility personnel performing patient care activities observe the aforementioned rights.

Patient Responsibilities

The patient has the responsibility to...

  • Provide accurate and complete information concerning present complaints, past illnesses, current medications and dietary supplements, hospitalizations or any other health related issues.
  • Make it known whether the planned surgical procedure/treatment risks, benefits and alternative treatment have been explained and understood.
  • Follow the treatment plan established by the physician including physician instructions given by the nurses and other health care professionals.
  • Keep appointments or notify the facility and/or physician in advance, if unable to do so.
  • Accept full responsibility for refusal of treatment and/or not to follow instructions.
  • Assure that the financial obligations of his/her care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
  • Be respectful of others in the facility: providers, staff and other patients.
  • Provide responsible adult to transport him/her home from the facility following surgical procedure.