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Resolution No. 3339 - A Resolution concerning the compliance with the Washington Reproductive Privacy Act
Skagit Regional Health Policy - Patient Nondiscrimination
Compliance 74052 (Rev: 2)Official
To ensure that all patients and visitors of Skagit Regional Health are treated with equality, in a welcoming, nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with Skagit Regional Health's Values and Service Standards.
Skagit Regional Health is dedicated to providing services to patients and welcoming visitors in a manner that respects, protects, and promotes patient rights.
- Staff will treat all patients and visitors receiving services from or participating in other programs of Skagit Regional Health and its affiliated clinics with equality in a welcoming manner that is free from discrimination based on age, race, color, culture, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
- Staff will inform patients of the availability of and make reasonable accommodations for patients consistent with federal and state requirements. For example, language interpretation services will be made available for non-English speaking patients and sign language interpretation will be made available for hearing impaired patients.
- Staff will afford visitation rights to patients free from discrimination based on age, race, color, culture, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law and will ensure that visitors receive equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences.
- Any person who believes that he, she, or another person has been subjected to discrimination which is not permitted by this Policy, may file a complaint using Skagit Regional Health's complaint and grievance procedure.
- Staff are prohibited from retaliating against any person who opposes, complains about, or reports discrimination, files a complaint, or cooperates in an investigation of discrimination or other proceeding under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination law.
Skagit Regional Health Policy - Registration of a Patient
Compliance 73992 (Rev: 2)Official
To provide patients access to hospital services, and provide them information and assistance as they enter Skagit Regional Health for services.
Skagit Regional Health staff will create a warm, welcoming environment consistent with our Service Standards, into which our patients, their family and/or caregivers will be received. Skagit Regional Health does not exclude or deny admission to any person on the basis of age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. Patient Access staff will register patients; providing information and obtaining signatures, as appropriate, on required documentation to include Patient Rights and Responsibilities, Advance Directives, Living Wills, the Important Message from Medicare, Notice of Privacy Practices, Consent for Care and Treatment, Financial Responsibility Agreement, Charity Care policies, Release of Information Authorization. Patient Access staff will additionally arrange interpreter services for patients who have difficulty communicating with Patient Access Staff.
Skagit Regional Health Policy/Procedure - Washington Death with Dignity Act
Compliance 32572 (Rev: 2)Official
To provide guidance to Skagit Regional Health (SRH) providers, staff, patients, families and the community it serves regarding Skagit Regional Health's participation in the "Washington State Death with Dignity Act" (Act).
With certain limitations, Skagit Regional Health allows its providers to participate in the "Washington State Death with Dignity Act" if they so choose. SRH does not mandate that any provider participate in the "Washington State Death with Dignity Act", nor does it encourage any provider to do so. Only those providers who are willing and desire to participate should do so. SRH believes providers have an obligation to respond to and openly discuss any patient's query about life-ending medication and assist patients in making informed decisions about end-of-life care.
Skagit Regional Health providers may choose to:
- Request a consult or make a referral to the Skagit Regional Health Palliative Care Team;
- Make a referral to Hospice care through Skagit Regional Health's affiliation with Hospice of the Northwest;
- Prescribe life-ending medication;
- Provide counseling in connection with the provision of life-ending medication; and/or
- Perform other duties as provided for in the Act.
Limitations on Participation
- Skagit Regional Health pharmacy staff shall not fill a prescription for life-ending medication.
- Patient shall not self administer life-ending medications at Skagit Regional Health.
If a provider participates in the Act beyond what is allowed in this policy, a referral will be made to the Medical Staff Services Office for investigation and review which will follow due process procedures provided for in the Medical Staff Bylaws.
Skagit Regional Health Policy - Reproductive Health Services
Compliance 75012 (Rev: 0)Official
Skagit Regional Health (SRH) is committed to preserving SRH patients' choices concerning the provision of healthcare services, including women's and reproductive healthcare services. Skagit Regional Health complies with the Reproductive Privacy Act, a state law that requires a public hospital district that elects to provide maternity care benefits, services or information to also provide substantially equivalent pregnancy termination benefits, services or information. Skagit Regional Health permits its healthcare professionals to opt-out of participating in services that violate their conscience or values. In such circumstances, the hospital will use reasonable efforts to arrange for other healthcare professionals to deliver the care for the patient.
Skagit Regional Health Staff will treat all patients receiving services from or participating in other programs of Skagit Regional Health and its affiliated clinics with equality in a welcoming manner that is free from discrimination based on a patient's expressed preferences related to women's and reproductive healthcare services or previous participation in elected services.
Skagit Regional Health also complies with its responsibilities under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, 42 U.S.C. §1395dd.
Skagit Regional Health also complies with RCW 70.41.350, Emergency Care Provided to Victims of Sexual Assault.