Hospital Fails to Inform Patients of Rights

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cited Peachford Behavioral Health System for failing to provide patients or their representatives with patient rights information. CMS reviewed the records of three sample patients, and found that in all three cases the facility was deficient in its obligations to adequately inform the patients of their rights. CMS found that in two of the patient cases, the facility failed to provide a written copy or verbal explanation of patient’s rights either prior to admission or during their hospitalizations. In all three cases, there was no evidence indicating that the patients had refused or were unable to sign the patients rights forms/statements. Peachford Behavioral Health System was required to submit a plan of correction to address its cited deficiencies. Its plan of correction noted that the facility’s Nursing Director and Assistant Administrator found that “there was a deficiency in the process for obtaining any missing signatures for all Hospital Admission Legal Forms (Patient Rights, HIPPA, Consent to Treat, etc.) not signed upon admission.”