Your Right to Privacy & Confidentiality

As a hospital patient in New York state, you have the legal right to:

  • Privacy while in the hospital and confidentiality of all information and records regarding your care
  • Authorize family members and other adults to visit you in the hospital, consistent with your ability to receive visitors and Bassett’s visitor policy, this means you also have the right to restrict visitors at your discretion

It is important to note that:

  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule allows patients to decide whether they wish to be included in the hospital directory when they are admitted to the hospital. If you choose to be included in Bassett’s internal phone directory, visitors or callers who know your name will be provided your location in the hospital or your room’s phone number, as well as your condition, which can only be described in general terms that do not compromise specific medical information about the individual.
  • Patients who decide they do not wish to be listed in Bassett’s directory can exercise this right by signing a form. If you decide to “opt out” of our directory, phone calls will not be forwarded to you and flowers or mail will not be delivered to you. If you want visitors to know where you are located, it will be up to you or your family to inform them.
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