Patient Rights, Consent and Confidentiality Issues

Advice regarding patient rights, including consent and confidentiality issues

We are on call 24/7 for our hospital clients in order to provide advice with regard to patient rights.  For one of our hospital clients, starting with a late evening telephone call, we initiated a court proceeding to obtain an order for life-saving treatment; the hearing was conducted in the hospital after hours, and resulted in an order in favor of the hospital.  More routinely, we have advised numerous clients on confidentiality issues, including implementation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  Our clients have access to our attorneys’ cell and home telephone numbers, and we find it gratifying to answer emergent questions when our advice can really make a difference.