Standards for Privacy of Protected Health Information
According to the federal law named the "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act" (HIPAA), you have rights concerning the use of individually identifiable health information. Only individuals with a legitimate "need to know" may access, use or disclose patient information. Protected health information
may be released to other covered health care providers without patient authorization if used for treatment, payment, health care operations, or for public good purposes as permitted by state and federal laws. Disclosures of protected health information for uses and disclosures outside treatment, payment and health care operations require patient authorization.
While receiving care in the hospital, you may ask for your name to not be included in the hospital directory, which means that people asking for you will be told "I have no information about this patient." If you want to receive deliveries of cards and flowers, then you want your name included in the hospital
directory. If you include your name in the hospital directory, your name will appear on a list for clergy members of your faith. For a listing of other HIPAA privacy rights, please click here to view the Notice of Privacy Practices or refer to the copy that was given to you when you were admitted to the hospital.
If You Have a Question or Concern
The medical staff and the employees of Shelby Baptist seek to treat our patients with fairness and concern, recognizing their needs and satisfying them to the extent possible. Patient Advocacy was established for you, the patient. If you have any questions or problems that have not been answered to your satisfaction or if you have a special need, call Patient Advocacy or dial the operator and ask for the Patient Advocate or House Supervisor.