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§ 73523. Patients' Rights.

22 CA ADC § 73523Barclays Official California Code of Regulations

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Title 22. Social Security
Division 5. Licensing and Certification of Health Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Clinics, and Referral Agencies (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 4. Intermediate Care Facilities
Article 4. Administration
22 CCR § 73523
§ 73523. Patients' Rights.
(a) Patients have the rights enumerated in this section and the facility shall ensure that these rights are not violated. The facility shall establish and implement written policies and procedures which include these rights and shall make a copy of these policies available to the patient and to any representative of the patient. The policies shall be accessible to the public upon request. Patients shall have the right:
(1) To be fully informed, as evidenced by the patient's written acknowledgment prior to or at the time of admission and during stay, of these rights and of all rules and regulations governing patient conduct.
(2) To be fully informed, prior to or at the time of admission and during stay, of services available in the facility and of related charges, including any charges for services not covered by the facilities' basic per diem rate or not covered under Title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act.
(3) To be fully informed by a physician of his or her total health status and to be afforded the opportunity to participate on an immediate and ongoing basis in the total plan of care including the identification of medical, nursing, and psychosocial needs and the planning of related services.
(4) To consent to or to refuse any treatment or procedure or participation in experimental research.
(5) To receive all information that is material to an individual patient's decision concerning whether to accept or refuse any proposed treatment or procedure. The disclosure of material information for administration of psychotherapeutic drugs or physical restraints, or the prolonged use of a device that may lead to the inability to regain use of a normal bodily function shall include the disclosure of information listed in Section 73524(c).
(6) To be transferred or discharged only for medical reasons, or the patient's welfare or that of other patients or for nonpayment for his or her stay and to be given reasonable advance notice to ensure orderly transfer or discharge. Such actions shall be documented in the patient's health record.
(7) To be encouraged and assisted throughout the period of stay to exercise rights as a patient and as a citizen, and to this end to voice grievances and recommend changes in policies and services to facility staff and/or outside representatives of the patient's choice, free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal.
(8) To manage personal financial affairs, or to be given at least a quarterly accounting of financial transactions made on the patient's behalf should the facility accept his or her written delegation of this responsibility subject to the provisions of Section 73557.
(9) To be free from mental and physical abuse.
(10) To be assured confidential treatment of financial and health records and to approve or refuse their release, except as authorized by law.
(11) To be treated with consideration, respect and full recognition of dignity and individuality, including privacy in treatment and in care for personal needs.
(12) To be free from discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, marital status, or registered domestic partner status.
(13) Not to be required to perform services for the facility that are not included for therapeutic purposes in the patient's plan of care.
(14) To associate and communicate privately with persons of the patient's choice, and to send and receive his or her personal mail unopened.
(15) To meet with and participate in activities of social, religious and community groups at the patient's discretion.
(16) To retain and use his or her personal clothing and possessions as space permits, unless to do so would infringe upon the health, safety or rights of the patient or other patients.
(17) If married or registered as a domestic partner, to be assured privacy for visits by the patient's spouse or registered domestic partner and if both are patients in the facility, to be permitted to share a room.
(18) To have daily visiting hours established.
(19) To have visits from members of the clergy at the request of the patient or the patient's representative.
(20) To have visits from persons of the patient's choosing at any time if the patient is critically ill, unless medically contraindicated.
(21) To be allowed privacy for visits with family, friends, clergy, social workers or for professional or business purposes.
(22) To have reasonable access to telephones both to make and receive confidential calls.
(23) To be free from any requirement to purchase drugs or rent or purchase medical supplies or equipment from any particular source in accordance with the provisions of Section 1320 of the Health and Safety Code.
(24) To be free from psychotherapeutic and/or physical restraints used for the purpose of patient discipline or staff convenience and to be free from psychotherapeutic drugs used as a chemical restraint as defined in Section 73012, except in an emergency which threatens to bring immediate injury to the patient or others. If a chemical restraint is administered during an emergency, such medication shall be only that which is required to treat the emergency condition and shall be provided in ways that are least restrictive of the personal liberty of the patient and used only for a specified and limited period of time.
(25) Other rights as specified in Health and Safety Code Section 1599.1.
(26) Other rights as specified in Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 5325 and 5325.1 for persons admitted for psychiatric evaluations or treatment.
(27) Other rights as specified in Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 4502, 4503 and 4505 for patients who are developmentally disabled as defined in Section 4512 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(b) A patient's rights as set forth above may only be denied or limited if such denial or limitation is otherwise authorized by law. Reasons for denial or limitation of such rights shall be documented in the patient's health record.
(c) If a patient lacks the ability to understand these rights and the nature and consequences of proposed treatment, the patient's representative shall have the rights specified in this section to the extent the right may devolve to another, unless the representative's authority is otherwise limited. The patient's incapacity shall be determined by a court in accordance with state law or by the patient's licensed healthcare practitioner acting within the scope of his or her professional licensure unless the determination of the licensed healthcare practitioner acting within the scope of his or her professional licensure is disputed by the patient or patient's representative.
(d) Persons who may act as the patient's representative include a conservator, as authorized by Parts 3 and 4 of Division 4 of the Probate Code (commencing with Section 1800), a person designated as attorney in fact in the patient's valid Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, patient's next of kin, other appropriate surrogate decisionmaker, designated consistent with statutory and case law, a person appointed by a court authorizing treatment pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 3200) of Division 4 of the Probate Code, or, if the patient is a minor, informed consent must be obtained from a person lawfully authorized to represent the minor.
(e) Patients' rights policies and procedures established under this section concerning consent, informed consent and refusal of treatments or procedures shall include, but not be limited to the following:
(1) How the facility will verify that informed consent was obtained pertaining to the administration of psychotherapeutic drugs or physical restraints or the prolonged use of a device that may lead to the inability of the patient to regain the use of a normal bodily function.
(2) How the facility, in consultation with the patient's licensed healthcare practitioner acting within the scope of his or her professional licensure, will identify, consistent with current statutory and case law, who may serve as a patient's representative when an incapacitated patient has no conservator or attorney in fact under a valid Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 1275 and 131200, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Section 51, Civil Code; Sections 297 and 297.5, Family Code; Sections 1276, 1316.5, 1320, 1599, 1599.1, 131050, 131051 and 131052, Health and Safety Code; and Cobbs v. Grant (1972) 8 Cal.3d 299.
1. New subsection (a)(21) filed 10-21-81; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 81, No. 43).
2. Amendment of subsections (a) and (b), repealer of subsection (c), and new subsections (c), (d), and (e) filed 5-27-92; operative 5-27-92 (Register 92, No. 22).
3. Amendment of subsections (a)(10), (c) and (e)(2) and Note filed 3-3-2010; operative 4-2-2010 (Register 2010, No. 10).
4. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (a)(8), adopting subsection (a)(12), renumbering subsections and amending newly designated subsections (a)(14) and (a)(16)-(17) and subsection (d) and Note filed 6-23-2011 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 2011, No. 25).
This database is current through 7/5/24 Register 2024, No. 27.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 22, § 73523, 22 CA ADC § 73523
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