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Patient Rights & Processes
Your Rights and Responsibilities
Loyola University Health System (Loyola) is committed to excellence in patient care. We seek to provide you care that goes beyond the treatment of your disease or disorder. We also treat the human spirit. Your well-being is a collaborative effort among you and your Loyola health-care providers. To that end, we share with you both your rights and responsibilities as a patient.
About Your Medical Records
We are sensitive to the private nature of a patient’s medical records. We take steps to assure that your medical records are kept confidential and secure.
Your Right to Privacy
Loyola adheres to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy Rule (HIPAA); for details see our Notice of Privacy Practices. Under HIPAA, Loyola is required 1) to make sure medical information that identifies you is kept private, 2) to give you notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your medical information, and 3) to follow the terms of the notice that are currently in effect.
Quality of Care and Your Safety
Loyola has long been committed to the quality of care and safety of its patients. One important way we do this is by measuring and continuously improving the care we deliver. We also believe in sharing quality information with the public and in participating in national quality improvement programs.
Loyola has taken a leadership role in the health-care industry by adopting and promoting a culture of quality and safety, in which physicians communicate clearly with patients, risks are minimized, errors are reported and corrected, and solutions take precedence over blame.
It is a culture in which decisions are based on evidence rather than medical knowledge alone, resulting in better patient outcomes and higher quality standards that ultimately benefit each patient.
Your Right to an Interpreter
If you have limited English-speaking ability, we will gladly provide an interpreter to assist in communication with our health-care providers. Interpreters are available in any language, 24 hours a day.
In the spirit of our Catholic Jesuit tradition, Loyola University Health System is committed to providing health-care services to all patients based on medical necessity. For patients who require financial assistance or who are experiencing temporary financial hardship, Loyola has a charity care policy, which includes several payment options.