Legal


FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE NOTICE TO PATIENTS

This is a notice informing you that Federal and State law require that we notify you that your ADC physician may have a direct or indirect ownership interest in Abilene Regional Medical Center and Reliant Abilene.  As an owner, he/she may, directly or indirectly, receive compensation for items or services you may receive from such entity.

 

FRAUD AND ABUSE

It is always the goal of Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC to provide quality medical services to our patients. As part of this commitment, we strive to ensure an ethical and compassionate approach to healthcare delivery and management.

 

Integrity can be difficult to achieve and sustain, and is nearly impossible to regain once lost. The compliance and integrity of ADC is predicated on the actions and decisions of every individual employee.

 

To demonstrate our commitment to compliance, we have implemented a Corporate Compliance Program. This program is designed to help our clinic understand the legal and ethical principles that we must observe when we deal with patients, competitors, suppliers, employees, the business community, and the government at every level. It provides standards to be met in order to protect and promote integrity and to enhance our ability to achieve our mission.

 

If our employees, patients, or business partners become aware of any potential legal or ethical violation, we encourage the use of

 

ADC’s Compliance Hotline: (325) 793-5366 or email compliance@abilenedc.com.

 

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE NOTICE TO PATIENTS

Federal law and the Texas Patient Solicitation Act (TPSA) requires that we notify our patients that ADC physicians may have a direct or indirect ownership interest in Abilene Regional Medical Center and Reliant Abilene. He or she may directly or indirectly receive compensation for items or services rendered.

 

NOTICE OF PATIENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This document is meant to inform our patients of their rights and responsibilities while they are undergoing medical care. To the extent permitted by law, patient rights may be delineated on behalf of the patient to his or her guardian, next of kin, or legally authorized responsible person if the patient: a) has been adjudicated incompetent in accordance with the law, b) is found to be medically incapable of understanding the proposed treatment or procedure, c) is unable to communicate his or her wishes regarding treatment, or d) is a minor. If there are any questions regarding the contents of this notice, please notify any staff member.

 

Patient Rights

1. Access to Care. You will be provided with impartial access to treatment and services within this practice’s capacity and availability and in keeping with applicable laws and regulations. This is true regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, religion, disability or handicap, or source of payment for care or services.

 

2. Respect and Dignity. You have the right to considerate, respectful care and services at all times and under all circumstances. This includes recognition of psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural variables that may influence the perception of your illness.


3. Privacy and Confidentiality. You have the right, within the law, to personal and informational privacy. This includes the right to:

 

• Be interviewed and examined in surroundings that ensure reasonable privacy

• Have a person of your own sex present during a physical examination or treatment

• Not remain disrobed any longer than is required for accomplishing treatment or services

• Request transfer to another treatment room if a visitor is unreasonably disturbing

• Expect that any discussion or consultation regarding care will be conducted discreetly

• Expect all written communications pertaining to care to be treated as confidential

• Expect medical records to be read only by individuals directly involved in care, quality-assurance activities for the processing of insurance claims; no other persons will have access without your written authorization

 

4. Personal Safety. You have the right to expect reasonable safety regarding the practice’s procedures and environment.


5. Identity. You have the right to know the identity and professional status of any person providing services and which physician or other practitioner is primarily responsible for your care.


6. Information. You have the right to be able to effectively communicate with your Physician and Clinical Staff. Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure effective communication.


7. Communication. If you do not speak or understand the predominant language of the community, you should have access to an interpreter. This is particularly true when language barriers are a continuing problem.


8. Consent. You have the right to information that enables you, in collaboration with your physician, to make treatment decisions.

 

• Consent discussions will include an explanation of the condition, the risks and benefits of treatment, as well as the consequences of no treatment

• Except in the case of incapacity or life-threatening emergency, you will not be subjected to any procedure unless you provide voluntary, written consent

• You will be informed if the practice proposes to engage in research or experimental projects affecting its care or services. If it is your decision not to take part, you will continue to receive the most effective care the practice otherwise provides

 

9. Consultation. You have the right to accept or refuse medical care to the extent permitted by law. However, if refusing treatment prevents the practice from providing appropriate care in accordance with ethical and professional standards, your relationship with this practice may be terminated upon reasonable notice.


10. Charges. Regardless of the source of payment for care provided, you have the right to request and receive itemized and detailed explanations of any billed services.


11. Rules and Regulations. You are entitled to information about the initiation, review, and resolution of patient complaints.

 

Patient Responsibilities

1. Keep Us Accurately Informed. You have the responsibility to provide, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information about your present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to your health, including unexpected changes in your condition.


2. Follow Your Treatment Plan. You are responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by your physician. This may include following the instructions of health care personnel as they carry out the coordinated plan of care, implement your physician’s orders.


3. Keep Your Appointments. You are responsible for keeping appointments and, when unable to do so for any reason, for notifying your clinic.


4. Take Responsibility for Noncompliance. You are responsible for your actions if you do not follow your physician’s instructions. If you cannot follow through with the prescribed treatment plan, you are responsible for informing your physician.


5. Be Responsible for Your Financial Obligations. You are responsible for ensuring that your financial obligations for health care services are fulfilled as promptly as possible and for providing up-to-date insurance information.


6. Be Considerate of Others. You are responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and personnel and for assisting in the control of noise, smoking, and the number of visitors. You also are responsible for being respectful of practice property and property of other persons visiting the practice.

 

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NOTICE CONCERNING COMPLAINTS

Complaints about physicians and other licensees and registrants of the Texas Medical Board, including physician assistants may be reported for investigation at the following address:

 

TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD


Attention: Investigations
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 610
P.O. Box 2018, MC-263
Austin, TX 78768-2018

 

Help with filing a complaint is available at: 1-800-201-9353

 

AVISO SOBRE QUEJAS

Se pueden presentar quejas acerca de médicos, así también como de otras personas autorizadas y registradas por la Junta de Médicos del Estado de Texas (Texas Medical Board), incluyendo a ayudantes médicos y acupunturistas, para su investigación, en la siguiente dirección:

TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD

 

Attention: Investigations
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 610
P.O. Box 2018, MC-263
Austin, Texas 78768-2018

 

Se puede obtener ayuda para presentar una queja llamando al siguiente número telefónico: 1-800-201-9353.