Summary: H.R.385 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/03/1983)

Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require the governing boards of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities having an average duration of stay of more than 30 days to establish written policies guaranteeing specified rights of patients, including: (1) information on services and charges; (2) information on and participation in medical treatment; (3) conditions of transfer or discharge; (4) grievances; (5) management of personal financial affairs; (6) freedom from abuse and restraints; (7) confidentiality of records; and (8) freedom of association.

Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish civil penalties for the violation of such rights.

Sets forth provisions concerning the processing and investigation of complaints arising from such violations.