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My Rights and Privacy

Effective healthcare requires collaboration between patients, physicians and
other health care professionals. Open and honest communication, respect
for personal and professional values, and sensitivity to differences are
integral to optimal patient care.

CTMC presents the following Patient Rights and Responsibilities with the
expectation that it will contribute to more effective, safe patient care and

Patient Rights (These rights can be exercised on the patient’s behalf by a
legally designated surrogate decision maker if the patient lacks decisionmaking
capacity, is legally incompetent, or is a minor.)

You have the right to:

• Impartial access to medical care, treatment or accommodations that are
available and medically indicated, regardless of race, sex, national origin,
religion, physical handicap or source of payment.
• Medical or obstetrical screening examination to determine if an
emergency medical condition exists.
• Considerate and respectful care, with recognition of your personal dignity
including freedom from abuse and harassment.
• This would include the right to have your cultural, psychosocial, spiritual,
and personal values, beliefs, and preferences respected.
• Pastoral and other spiritual services upon request and availability.
• Obtain from physicians and other direct caregivers relevant, current, and
understandable information concerning your diagnosis, treatment, and
• This would include outcomes, to include unanticipated outcomes, of
diagnostic tests, medical treatment and surgical intervention.
• Except in emergencies when you are deemed to lack decision-making
capacity, you are entitled to informed consent.
• This would include the opportunity to discuss and request information
related to the specific procedures and/or treatments, the risks involved,
the possible length of recuperation, and the medically reasonable
alternatives and their accompanying risks and benefits.
• An interpreter or other appropriate and reasonably available aids to ensure
effective communication of relevant medical information.
• Know the identity of physicians, nurses, and others involved in your care,
as well as when those involved are students, residents, or other trainees.
• Have a family member or representative of your choice notified
promptly of your admission to the hospital with a reasonable attempt
from hospital staff.
• Access protective and advocacy services. Resources are provided
upon request.
• Effective pain management, to include pain assessment, timely
intervention, and education about pain relief measures, their role in
managing pain, and the limitations of pain management.
• Freedom from restraints unless clinically justified and ordered by a
physician. Restraints will not be used as a means of coercion,
discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
• Make decisions about your plan of care prior to and during the
course of treatment and to refuse a recommended treatment or plan
of care to the extent permitted by law and hospital policy and to be
informed of the medical consequences of this action. In case of such
refusal, you are entitled to other appropriate care and services that
the hospital provides or transfer to another hospital. You will be
informed of any policy that might affect your choice in this regard.
• Have an advance directive (such as a directive to physicians/living
will or medical power of attorney) concerning treatment or
designating a surrogate decision maker with the expectation that the
hospital will honor the intent of that directive to the extent
permitted by law and hospital policy. You will be asked if you have
an advance directive upon admission, with a copy placed in your
medical record when made available. You will be advised, upon
request, of your rights under state law and hospital policy to make
informed medical choices and situations when the advance directive
may be limited.
• Request amendment to your medical record following hospital policy.
• A notice of how your medical information will be used (Notice of
Patient Privacy Practice).
• Request restrictions on the use of your medical information.
• Receive an accounting of disclosures of your medical information
except when the disclosure was for treatment, payment, or healthcare
operations or when made as a result of your authorization
• Request confidential communications (i.e. receive mail only at work
• Consideration of privacy. Case discussion, consultation, examination,
and treatment should be conducted so as to protect your privacy.
• Expect that all communications and records pertaining to your care
will be treated as confidential by the hospital, except in cases such as
suspected abuse and public health hazards when reporting is
permitted or required by law.
• Expect that the hospital will emphasize the confidentiality of this
information when it releases it to any other parties entitled to review
information in these records.
• Review your records pertaining to your medical care and to have the
information explained or interpreted as necessary, except when
restricted by law and guided by hospital policy.
• Obtain a copy of your medical record upon discharge free of charge.
• Expect that, within its capacity and policies, CTMC will make a
reasonable response to your request for appropriate and medically
indicated care and services. The hospital must provide evaluation,
service, and/or referral as indicated by the urgency of the case. When
medically appropriate and legally permissible, or when you have
requested, you may be transferred to another facility.
• The institution to which you are transferred must first have accepted
you for transfer. You will be given complete information and
explanation concerning the need for, risks, benefits, and alternatives
to such a transfer.
• Ask and be informed of the existence of business relationships among
the hospital, educational institutions, other health care providers, or
payers that may influence your treatment and care.
• Consent to or decline to participate in proposed research studies or
human experimentation affecting care and treatment or requiring
your direct involvement, and to have those studies fully explained
prior to consent.
• Expect reasonable continuity of care when appropriate and to be
informed by physicians and other caregivers of available and realistic
patient care options when hospital care is no longer appropriate.
• Know the immediate and long-term financial implications of
treatment choices, insofar as they are known.
• You have the right to be informed of the hospital's charges for
services and available payment methods.
• Regardless of the source of payment for care, you have the right to
request and receive an itemized bill for services rendered in the
• Be informed of hospital policies and practices that relate to patient
care, treatment, and responsibilities.
• Be informed of available resources for resolving disputes, grievances,
and conflicts. Resources include but are not limited to: the Patient
Advocate Ext. 3526, hospital ethics committee, or state authority
(Texas Department of State Health Services at 1-888-973-0022). Any
concerns or questions you raise will not adversely affect your care or
subject you to coercion, discrimination, reprisal, or unreasonable
interruption of care, treatment or services.


The collaborative nature of health care requires that patients, or their
families/surrogates, participate in their care. The effectiveness of care and
patient satisfaction with the course of treatment depends, in part, on the
patient fulfilling certain responsibilities.

You are responsible for:

• Providing information about past illnesses, hospitalizations,
medications, and other matters related to your health status.
• Requesting additional information or clarification about your health
status or treatment when you do not fully understand information
and instructions.
• Promptly reporting changes in your condition to your healthcare
• Providing a copy of your written advance directive if you have one.
• Informing your physicians and other caregivers if you anticipate
problems in following prescribed treatment or instructions. If you
refuse to follow the treatment plan, you understand that you are
responsible for any adverse outcomes as a result of your actions.
• Following hospital rules and regulations. Patients should be aware of
the hospital's obligation to be reasonably efficient and equitable in
providing care to other patients and the community.
• Showing respect and consideration to others.
• Providing necessary information for insurance claims and for assuring
that the financial obligations of your health care are fulfilled as
promptly as possible. When necessary, working with the hospital to
make payment arrangements.
• Recognizing the impact of your lifestyle on your personal health. A
person's health depends on much more than health care services.


We want you to be very satisfied with the care and service you receive at
CTMC. We are committed to resolving any concerns you may have during
your stay quickly and while you are here.

If you have a concern about your care while you are still a patient, Please ask
to speak with the unit manager or director.

If you want to file a complaint after you have been discharged, please call our
Performance Improvement Director at 512-753-3526.


Information about your medical condition is considered confidential.
Friends and family members may call the Patient Information Desk at
(512) 353-8979 to obtain your admission status as well as your room’s
telephone number, unless you have asked us not to release this information.


At CTMC, we support your right to make certain decisions concerning
your medical treatment. Federal law also allows for your rights and
personal wishes to be respected even if you are too sick to make decisions

It is your right under certain conditions, to decide whether to accept or
deny medical treatment, including termination of treatment that would
prolong your life artificially. These rights may be spelled out by you in the
form of Advance Directives

Advance Directives are witnessed written or oral statements to family
members and physicians that legally specify the care you want to receive
should you become unable to communicate your wishes.

Advanced Directives allow you to indicate to your family members and
physicians personal choices regarding life prolonging medical treatments
and other pertinent issues. Examples of Advance Directives include living
wills, medical powers of attorney, and organ donation. These documents
will allow you to make legally valid decisions about your future medical
treatment even when you are no longer able to communicate your wishes.
Before deciding which choices about your medical care are best, you should
discuss the issues involved with your family and physician.

At the time of admission to CTMC, you should have been asked whether
you have executed an advance directive. If you have executed one, please
provide a copy to the hospital. Your admission and care will not be
affected if you have not completed an Advance Directive.

CTMC recognizes the importance of Advance Directives for Healthcare.
We gladly provide the following information for your use. Having a
completed Advance Directive on file with us will ensure that your wishes
are known and respected. If you have any questions about this information,
please feel free to contact our CTMC Patient Advocate at (512) 753-3526
or ask your nurse.

What are Advance Directives?

A document which states your choices about medical treatment or the
name of someone you have chosen to make decisions about your medical
treatment, if you unable to make these decisions or choices yourself. This
is called an “Advance Directive,” because it is signed in advance to let your
doctor or other healthcare providers know your wishes concerning medical
treatment. Advance Directives allow you to make legally valid decisions
about your future medical care.

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will is a document that states your wishes regarding whether or
not you want life-prolonging treatments or procedures administered to you
if you are in a terminal condition, a persistent vegetative state or an endstage
condition(s). It is called a “Living Will” because it takes effect while
you are still living.

What is Medical Power of Attorney?

A document by which you give authority to another person to make
decisions about financial or health related issues. You can change or revoke
this document at any time before you become incapacitated to make decisions.


There may be times when you and your family will be faced with difficult
treatment choices. Our Ethics Committee is available as a resource for
information and advice and participates in the ethical policy making
process at CTMC. The Ethics Committee guides, educates and assists
members of the hospital family, patients, and caregivers as they confront
difficult and in many cases, painful decisions. The members of the
committee can be consulted when families or caregivers feel the need for
clarification of ethical issues.

Requests for committee interaction can be made through your physician or
other health care providers. If you have any concerns, please ask to speak
with the charge nurse on your unit for further assistance.


At CTMC, we recognize the need to maintain patient and other
information in a confidential manner. For this reason, patient information
will not be shared in an unauthorized manner and sensitive information
concerning personnel and management issues will be maintained in the
strictest confidence and utilized only by those individuals authorized to
review and act upon such information.


The wrist identification band you received upon admission should not be
removed at any time during your stay. It provides positive identification of
you to all those who serve you and is a safeguard for your protection.