Patient Privacy Rights

Your Rights as a Cedars-Sinai Patient

Your rights have a powerful and lasting effect on the quality of your care. Use the information here to take control of your healthcare treatment and experience.

Cedars-Sinai's Notice of Privacy Practices describes how your medical information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), under what conditions it may be disclosed, and how you can access this information.

If you have any questions about this notice, please call our Corporate Integrity Program at 323-866-7880.

Woman and Hospital Staff Talking

You have the right to:

  • Considerate and compassionate care in a comfortable environment. 
  • Respect for your personal values and beliefs.
  • Have a family member (or other person of your choosing) and your own physician quickly informed of your admission to the hospital.
  • Rational responses to any reasonable requests made for service.
  • Examine and receive an explanation of the hospital’s bill regardless of the source of payment.
  • Receive care in a safe setting, free from mental, physical, sexual or verbal abuse and neglect, exploitation or harassment. 
  • Access protective services and advocacy services including notifying government agencies of neglect or abuse.
  • Be free from restraints and seclusion of any form used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
  • Exercise these rights without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression, educational background, economic status or the source of payment for care. Cedars-Sinai does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on these bases in admission to, participation in or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Cedars-Sinai directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Cedars-Sinai arranges to carry out its programs and activities. Inquiries, grievances or complaints related to this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the vice president, Corporate Integrity Program at 310-423-7972 or through the Cedars-Sinai Compliance Line at 800-233-2775 (800-CEDARS5).

You have the right to:

  • Know the name of the physician who has primary responsibility for coordinating your care, as well as the names and professional relationships of other physicians and non-physicians who will see you.
  • Receive information about your health status, diagnosis, prognosis, course of treatment, prospects for recovery and outcomes of care (including unanticipated outcomes) in terms you can understand. 
  • Effective communication and to participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care.
  • Participate in ethical questions that arise in the course of your care, including issues of conflict resolution, withholding resuscitative services, and forgoing or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
  • Be advised if the hospital/personal physician proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation affecting your care or treatment. 
  • Refuse to participate in research projects.
  • Access information contained in your records within a reasonable time frame, except in certain circumstances specified by law.
  • Reasonable continuity of care and to know, in advance, the time and location of appointments as well as the identity of the persons providing the care.
  • Be informed of continuing healthcare requirements and options following discharge from the hospital, by the physician or a delegate of the physician. 
  • Be involved in the development and implementation of your discharge plan. Upon your request, a friend or family member may also be provided this information.
  • Know which hospital rules and policies apply to your conduct while a patient.

You have the right to:

  • Make decisions regarding medical care, and receive as much information about any proposed treatment or procedure as you may need in order to give informed consent or to refuse a course of treatment. Except in emergencies, this information shall include a description of the procedure or treatment, the medically significant risks involved, alternate courses of treatment or non-treatment and the risks involved in each, and the name of the person who will carry out the procedure or treatment.
  • Request or refuse treatment, to the extent permitted by law. However, you do not have the right to demand inappropriate or medically unnecessary treatment or services. 
  • Leave the hospital even against the advice of physicians, to the extent permitted by law.
  • Appropriate assessment and management of your pain, information about pain and pain relief measures, and to participate in pain management decisions. 
  • Request or reject the use of any or all modalities to relieve pain, including opiate medication, if you suffer from severe chronic intractable pain. The doctor may refuse to prescribe the opiate medication, but if so, must inform you that there are physicians who specialize in the treatment of severe chronic pain with methods that include the use of opiates.
  • Formulate advance directives. This includes designating a decision-maker if you become incapable of understanding a proposed treatment or become unable to communicate your wishes regarding care. Hospital staff and practitioners who provide care in the hospital shall comply with these directives. All patients’ rights apply to the person who has legal responsibility to make decisions regarding medical care on your behalf.
  • Designate visitors of your choosing, including whether or not the visitor is related by blood or marriage, family members, including those who are same-sex domestic partners/significant others, unless:
    • No visitors are allowed.
    • The facility reasonably determines that the presence of a particular visitor would endanger the health or safety of a patient, a member of the health facility staff or other visitor to the health facility, or would significantly disrupt the operations of the facility.
    • You have has told the health facility staff that you no longer want a particular person to visit.
    • Reasonable restrictions are placed upon visitation, including restrictions upon the hours of visitation and number of visitors.
    • Discrimination in visitation access based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is prohibited.
  • Designate whether visitors have decision-making capacity, unless the facility reasonably determines that the presence of a particular visitor would endanger the health or safety of a patient, a member of the health facility staff or other visitor to the health facility, or would significantly disrupt the operations of the facility.
  • Have your wishes considered, if you lack decision-making capacity, for the purposes of determining who may visit. The method of that consideration will be disclosed in the hospital policy on visitation. At a minimum, the hospital shall include any persons living in the patient’s household, including any persons who plays a significant role in an individual’s life. This may include persons not legally related to the individual. Members of "family" include spouses, domestic partners, both different-sex and same-sex significant others, and a minor patient’s parents, regardless of the gender of either parent.
  • File a grievance. If you want to file a grievance with this hospital, you may do so by writing or calling the Quality Improvement Department, Cedars-Sinai, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-423-6217. This department will review each grievance and provide you with a written response in a timely basis. Concerns regarding quality of care or premature discharge will also be referred to the appropriate Utilization and Quality Control Peer Review Organization.
  • File a complaint with the state Department of Public Health Services regardless of whether you use the hospital’s grievance process:

    Department of Public Health Services
    3400 Aerojet Ave. #323
    El Monte, CA 91731
    626-569-3724 or 800-228-1019

You have the right to:

  • Have personal privacy respected. Case discussion, consultation, examination and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discreetly. 
  • Be told the reason for the presence of any individual. 
  • Have visitors leave prior to an examination and when treatment issues are being discussed. A privacy curtain will be used in semi-private rooms.
  • Confidential treatment of all communications and records pertaining to your care and stay in the hospital. You will receive a separate "Notice of Privacy Practices" that explains your rights in detail and how we may use and disclose your protected health information.