Patient Rights
As a patient of Yellowstone Surgery Center, you have certain rights and responsibilities. Please review these carefully, and be sure to ask us if you have any questions or concerns.

Your Rights

As a patient, you have the right to:
  • Considerate, respectful care at all times, under all circumstances and with recognition of your personal dignity.
  • Personal and informational privacy, within the law.
  • Information concerning your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, to the degree known.
  • Confidentiality of all records and disclosures. You have the right to approve or refuse the release of your records, except when required by law.
  • Approve or refuse the uses and disclosures for marketing, fundraising, and/or research purposes; genetic information; the sales of protected medical information about you; psychotherapy notes if we maintain them; and any other uses and disclosures not described in this Notice and therein will be made only with the individual's written authorization. The authorization may be revoked at anytime by the individual in writing.
  • Request that we restrict disclosures of your medical information and healthcare treatment(s) to a health plan (health insurer) or other party, when the services have been paid in full before any services are provided.
  • The opportunity to participate in decisions regarding your healthcare, unless contradicted by concerns for your health.
  • Make decisions about your medical care, including the right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment, and the right to initiate Advance Directives such as a living will or a durable power of attorney. If you already have a living will, or if you wish to initiate one, please speak with your nurse.
  • Change primary or specialty physician or dentist, if others are available.
  • Impartial access to treatment regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, handicap or disability. Yellowstone Surgery Center adheres to all federal and state rules, regulations and policies, and promotes a non-discriminatory environment for all of our patients.
  • Receive a description of each service listed on your bill.
  • Know the identity and professional status of individuals providing service to you.
  • Report any comments concerning the quality of services provided to you during your time in Yellowstone Surgery Center and receive fair follow-up on your comments.
  • Receive a copy of your health information, have your medical information amended and request an account of disclosures made.
  • Be notified of a breach of your Protected Health Information.

Your Responsibilities

As a patient, you are responsible for:
  • Providing, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information about your current health status and past medical history, and reporting any unexpected changes to the appropriate care provider(s).
  • Following the treatment plan recommended by the primary physician or practitioner handling your case.
  • Making arrangements for a responsible adult to transport you home after your procedure and to care for you at home for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Indicating whether you clearly understand a contemplated course of action and what is expected of you.
  • Your actions if you refuse treatment, leave our surgery center against the advice of your physician, or do not follow your physician's instructions regarding your case.
  • Assuring that the financial obligations of your health care are fulfilled as expediently as possible.
  • Providing information about and/or copies of any living will, power of attorney or other directives that you desire us to know about.

Montana State Agency for Patient Complaints
Bureau Chief

Department of Public Health & Human Services Quality Assurance Division
P.O. Box 202953, Helena, MT 59620-2953 • 1-406-444-2099
Email: mtssad@mt.gov • dphhs.mt.gov/certification


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