Shreveport Patient Information
Welcome to Patient Information
Here you will find all of the information you would need if you are a patient of ours. Everything from medical records to making an appointment. We want you to be comfortable and worry-free while you stay with us. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Thank you for choosing Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport for your healthcare needs. Ochsner LSU Health is committed to providing financial assistance to eligible patients. To find out if you qualify for financial assistance, please review the information below or contact one of our Financial Counselors at 318-626-0026.
Insurance and Billing
Questions concerning bills for Hospital Services and Financial Assistance Applications may be directed to 318-626-0026.
The Patient Accounts Cashier window is located on the first floor of the main hospital building. The Financial Counseling office is right next door at room K1-9.
Make an Appointment
What to Bring to Your Clinic Appointment
Please bring the following:
- Picture identification
- All insurance/referral information
- Required co-payment/deposit
- Medications – Prescription bottles and over-the-counter medications
- Clinic Contact Information
Central Appointment Desk
Non-Louisiana Residents: If you do not have a 3rd party payer (insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) and are unable to provide valid proof of Louisiana residency at the time of registration, you may be required to pay a minimum $250.00 Non-Louisiana Resident fee at each clinic visit.
How do I get a copy of my medical records?
Call Release of Information at 318.626.2069. The process will be explained and any questions you have will be answered.
What if my doctor needs a copy?
A physician’s office can call 318.626.2069 and make arrangements to have information faxed to them.
Is there a charge for a copy of my records?
Yes. Fees for copies of records are determined by Louisiana state law; they will be explained when you call Release of Information at 318.626.2069.
Can I get a copy of my radiology film?
Yes. To obtain a copy of x-rays call the medical record department at 318.675.6205. The process will be explained and any questions you have will be answered.
Is there a charge for a copy of my X-Rays?
No. You must present a photo ID and the X-Ray will be copied to a CD.
It is the policy of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to respect the individual rights of all persons that come to this facility for care.
Patient rights include the right to make decisions regarding medical care, the right to accept or refuse treatment, and the right to formulate advance directives (written instructions, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care as recognized under Louisiana state law, relating to the provision of such, when an individual is incapacitated).
Patient responsibilities include those actions on the part of patients that are needed so that healthcare providers can provide appropriate care, make accurate and responsible care decisions, address patients’ needs, and maintain a sound and viable health care facility.
All Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Facilities.
All patients of Ochsner LSU Health.
1. Access to Care
Individuals shall be afforded impartial access to treatment that is available and medically indicated, regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or source of payment. (See Policy 4.B.3 – “Access to Care”)
2. Respect and Dignity
The patient has the right to considerate, respectful care at all times, under all circumstances, with recognition of his personal dignity and worth.
3. Privacy and Confidentiality
The patient has the right, within the law, to personal privacy and information privacy, as manifested by the right to:
a. Refuse to talk with or see anyone not officially connected with the hospital, including
visitors, persons officially connected with the hospital but who are not directly involved in his/her care.
b. Wear appropriate personal clothing and religious or other symbolic items, as long as they do not jeopardize safety or interfere with diagnostic procedures or treatment.
c. To be interviewed and examined in surroundings designed to assure reasonable
audiovisual privacy. This includes the right to have a person of one’s own gender present during certain parts of a physical examination, treatment, or procedure performed by a health professional of the opposite sex; and the right not to remain disrobed any longer than is required for accomplishing the medical purpose for which the patient was asked to disrobe.
d. Expect that any discussion or consultation involving his/her case will be conducted
discreetly and that individuals, not involved in direct care, will not be present without permission of the patient. e. Have his/her electronic health record read only by individuals directly involved in
treatment or monitoring of quality of care. f. Expect that all communications and other records pertaining to his/her care, including
the source of payment for treatment, be treated as confidential. g. Expect that information given to concerned family members or significant other legally
qualified person, be delivered in privacy and with due consideration of confidentiality. h. Request transfer to another available room if another patient or visitors in that room are
unreasonably disturbing to said patient. i. Be placed in protective privacy and/or be assigned an alias name when considered necessary for personal safety.
4. Personal Safety and Security
The patient has the right to expect reasonable safety in so far as the hospital practices and environment are concerned. To address the needs of patient, visitor and staff regarding safety and security, the Ochsner LSU Police and G4S patrol 24 hours per day and are present in the Emergency Room around the clock. Other safety and security measures include limited access to the facility through the use of electronic access cards and readers on exterior entrances, video monitoring in numerous areas of the campus, and the use of employee identification badges that are to be conspicuously displayed.
The patient has the right to know the identity and professional status of individuals providing service to him/her, and to know which physician or other practitioner is primarily responsible for his/her care. This includes the patient’s right to know of the existence of any professional relationship among individuals who are treating him/her, as well as the relationship to any healthcare or educational institutions involved in his/her care. Participation by patients in research programs, or in the gathering of data for research purposes, shall be voluntary with a signed informed consent.
a. The patient has the right to obtain from the practitioner responsible for coordinating
his/her care, complete and current information concerning his/her diagnosis (to the degree known), treatment, pain management, and any known prognosis. This information should be communicated in terms the patient can reasonably be expected to understand. When it is not medically advisable to give such information to the patient, the information shall be made available to a legally authorized individual.
b. The patient has the right to formally access his/her medical records. The patient shall
complete the Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information (1448-OLHS) which is then sent to Health Information Management for processing. The Manager/Charge Nurse is to be notified when such requests are made.
c. The patient may access, request an amendment to, and/or receive an accounting of
disclosures of their own protected health information as permitted under applicable law.
a. The patient has the right of access to people outside the hospital by means of visitors,
and by oral and written communication. The patient may request not to be included in the patient directory. Inclusion in the patient directory means that the patient’s name; room number and a general condition report may be given to people who ask about the patient by name. b. The prisoner patient has the right to visitors only as approved by the warden of the
prison or jail where the prisoner patient is incarcerated. c. When the patient does not speak or understand the predominant language of the
community, or is hearing impaired, he/she shall have access to an approved interpreter. This is particularly true where language barriers are a continuing problem.
Please refer to Hospital Policy 4.B.6 Patient Communication needs
a. The patient has the right to reasonably informed participation in decisions involving
his/her health care. To the degree possible, this shall be based on a clear, concise explanation of his/her condition and of all proposed technical procedures, including the possibilities of any risk of mortality or serious side effects, problems related to recuperation, and probability of success. The patient shall not be subjected to any procedure without his/her voluntary, competent, and informed consent, or that of his/her legally authorized representative. Where medically significant alternatives for care or treatment exist, the patient shall be so informed.
b. The patient has the right to know who is responsible for authorizing and performing the
procedures or treatment.
c. The patient shall be informed if the clinician proposes to engage in or perform human
experimentation or other research/educational projects affecting his/her care or treatment, and the patient shall sign an informed consent if participation is desired and maintains the right to refuse to participate or withdraw from any such activity at any time.
d. The patient may refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law. When refusal of treatment by the patient or his/her legally authorized representative prevents the provision of appropriate care in accordance with ethical and professional standards, the relationship with the patient may be terminated upon reasonable notice. e. If a patient is unconscious or is determined to be mentally incompetent and no consent can be obtained from an appropriate family member, legal action may be taken to obtain a court order for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In life-threatening emergencies, where the patient is incompetent or unconscious, appropriate treatment may be administered without consent.
The patient, at his/her own request and expense, has the right to consult with a specialist.
10. Transfer and Continuity of Care
a. A patient may not be transferred to another facility unless he/she has received a
complete explanation of the need for the transfer and the alternatives to such a transfer, and unless the transfer is acceptable to the other facility. The patient has the right to be informed by the responsible practitioner or his/her delegate of any continuing healthcare requirements following discharge from the hospital. b. Regardless of the source of payment for his/her care, the patient has the right to request
and receive an itemized and detailed explanation of his/her total finalized bill for services rendered in the hospital. The patient shall be informed of eligibility for reimbursement by any third-party coverage during the admission or pre-admission financial investigation.
11. Hospital Rules and Regulations
The patient shall be informed of the hospital rules and regulations applicable to his/her conduct as a patient. The hospital’s Notice of Privacy Practices is available from the Admitting Department or can be found on the hospital website.
12. Complaint Process
The patient has the right to file a complaint regarding services and is entitled to information regarding the hospitals mechanism for the initiation, review and resolution of such complaints.
13. Patient Responsibilities
Patients have the responsibility for:
a. Providing accurate and complete information about medical complaints, past illnesses,
hospitalizations, medications, pain, and other matters relating to their health to include, (Advanced Directives, Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, and organ/tissue donations authorizations);
b. Following the treatment plan recommended by those responsible for their care;
c. Accept personal responsibility if they refuse treatment;
d. Comply with all hospital rules and regulations;
e. Ensuring that their bills are paid as promptly as possible; following hospital rules and
f. Being considerate of the rights of other patients, families and hospital personnel in
g. Respect hospital property and the property of others;
h. Report perceived risks and unexpected changes in their condition to their health care
i. Adhere to the Ochsner LSU Health’s NO Smoking policy.
j. Seeking information and asking questions if they do not understand.
k. Sending all jewelry and other valuables home with a family member.
Accepts All Major Insurances
Your baby needs a birth certificate before you can leave the hospital. You must bring certain documents with you when you give birth.
If you (the mother) are married to your baby’s father, you both must bring your:
- Driver’s license or official ID
- Marriage license
If your husband is not with you, you need this:
- Full name
- Birth date
- City and state of birth
- Highest grade completed in school
- Social security number
If you (the mother) are not married, but want your baby’s father on the birth certificate:
- You both must bring your IDs to the hospital
- The baby’s father must come to the hospital and sign the birth certificate
If you (the mother) are legally married to someone other than your baby’s father:
- You must bring your ID
- Your husband is legally the father of your child. He must be listed on the birth certificate unless he and the baby’s biological father come to the hospital and sign a 3rd party paternity form.
If you (the mother) are divorced from someone other than your baby’s father:
- You must bring your final divorce papers with you to prove you have been divorced at least 300 days.
- If you do not have your divorce papers with you, or if you have been divorced less than 300 days, your ex-husband is legally the father of your child. He must be listed on the birth certificate unless he and the biological father come to the hospital and sign a 3rd party paternity form.
If you (the mother) and your baby’s father are from a country other than the United States and are not married:
You both must have current United States IDs. If both of you do not have IDs, the father will not be listed on the birth certificate. The baby will be given the mother’s last name.
- Your baby must have a name for the birth certificate. Louisiana law does not recognize the naming practices of other cultures.
If you have questions, please call Nancy Johnson or Sabrina Hunt at 675.7226. These birth certificate clerks are here to help you.