415-020-0020 - Patient Rights

415-020-0020. Patient Rights

(1) Patient Record Confidentiality: An Opioid Treatment Program shall comply with federal regulations (42 CFR part 2, 45 CFR 205.50) and state statutes (ORS 179.505 and 430.399) pertaining to confidentiality of patient records.

(2) Informed Consent: Participation in an Opioid Treatment Program shall be voluntary. Patients shall be fully informed concerning possible risks and side effects associated with the use of opioid agonist medications, including the effects of alcohol and other drugs taken in combination with these drugs. Programs dispensing both methadone and Levomethadyl acetate (LAAM) must inform patients of the differences between the action of these drugs. The program shall ensure that all relevant facts concerning the use of opioid agonist medications are clearly and adequately explained to the patient and that the patient gives written informed consent to treatment. A copy of the information above, signed by the patient, must be placed in the patient record.

(3) Allowable Restrictions: No person shall be denied services or discriminated against on the basis of age or diagnostic or disability category unless predetermined clinical or program criteria for service restrict the service to specific age or diagnostic groups or disability category.

(4) Policies and Procedures: Each patient shall be assured the same civil and human rights as other persons. Each program shall develop and implement and inform patients of written policies and procedures which protect patients' rights, including:

(a) Protecting patient privacy and dignity;

(b) Assuring confidentiality of records consistent with federal and state laws;

(c) Prohibiting physical punishment or physical abuse;

(d) Prohibiting sexual abuse or sexual contact between patients and staff, including volunteers, interns, and students; and

(e) Providing adequate treatment or care.

(5) Services Refusal: The patient shall have the right to refuse service, including any specific procedure. If consequences may result from refusing the service, such as termination from other services or referral to a person having supervisory authority over the patient, that fact must be explained verbally and in writing to the patient.

(6) Access to Records: Access includes the right to obtain a copy of the record within five days of requesting it and making payment for the cost of duplication. The patient shall have the right of access to the patient's own records except:

(a) When the medical director of the program determines that disclosure of records would constitute immediate and grave detriment to the patient's treatment; or

(b) If confidential information has been provided to the program on the basis that the information not be redisclosed.

(7) Informed Participation in Treatment Planning: The patient and others of the patient's choice shall be afforded an opportunity to participate in an informed way in planning the treatment services, including the review of progress toward treatment goals and objectives. Patients shall be free from retaliation for exercising their rights to participate in the treatment planning process.

(8) Informed Consent to Fees for Services: The amount and schedule of any fees or co-payments to be charged must be disclosed in writing and agreed to by the patient. The fee agreement shall include but is not limited to a schedule of rates, conditions under which the rates can be changed, and the program's policy on refunds at the time of discharge or departure.

(9) Grievance Policy: The program shall develop, implement, and fully inform patients of policy and procedure regarding grievances, which provide for:

(a) Receipt of written grievances from patients or persons acting on their behalf;

(b) Investigation of the facts supporting or disproving the written grievance;

(c) Initiating action on substantiated grievances within five working days; and

(d) Documentation in the patient's record of the receipt, investigation, and any action taken regarding the written grievance.

(10) Barriers to Treatment: Where there is a barrier to services due to culture, language, illiteracy, or disability, the program shall develop a holistic treatment approach to address or overcome those barriers. This may include:

(a) Making reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination (unless the program can demonstrate that doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity) such as:

(A) Providing individuals capable of assisting the program in minimizing barriers (such as interpreters);

(B) Translation of written materials to appropriate language or method of communication;

(C) To the degree possible, providing assistive devices which minimize the impact of the barrier; and

(D) To the degree possible, acknowledging cultural and other values, which are important to the patient.

(b) Not charging patients for costs of the measures, such as the provision of interpreters, that are required to provide nondiscriminatory treatment to the patient; and

(c) Referring patients to another provider if that patient requires treatment outside of the referring program's area of specialization and if the program would make a similar referral for an individual without a disability.

(11) Patient Work Policy: Any patient labor performed as part of the patient's treatment plan or standard program expectations or in lieu of fees shall be agreed to, in writing, by the patient.

(12) Voter Registration: All publicly funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities must provide onsite voter registration and assistance. Program staff providing voter registration services may not seek to influence an applicant's political preference or party registration or display any such political preference or party allegiance, such as buttons, expressing support for a particular political party or candidates for partisan political office. However, such program staff may wear buttons or otherwise display their preference on nonpartisan political matters and issues.

(HR 4-1988, f. & cert. ef. 5-10-88; HR 17-1993, f. & cert. ef. 7-23-93, Renumbered from 410-006-0020; ADAP 3-1995, f. 12-1-95, cert. ef. 3-1-96; ADS 1-2003, f. 6-13-03, cert. ef. 7-1-03; ADS 2-2008, f. & cert. ef. 11-13-08)

Stat. Auth.: ORS 409.410 & 409.420

Stats. Implemented: ORS 430.010(4)(b) & 430.560 - 430.590.

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