Media Guidelines & Information
Lifeways will make every effort to accommodate relevant media requests for information in a timely manner. Requests must be coordinated by our main administration office at 541-823-9064.
· Photographs, video and audio recordings: All photography, video and audio recordings must be coordinated through our operations team.
· Property visits: All members of the media will be escorted by a Lifeways employee or representative while on Lifeways properties. Please call to make arrangements.
Lifeways works with news media partners while ensuring that patient privacy is protected as required by law. Lifeways complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Patients must give specific authorization for the disclosure of their protected health information.
Federal HIPAA and state law generally prevent facilities and health care providers from disclosing any protected health information (PHI) about a patient without the patient’s prior consent. PHI includes any information about a patient’s health, health care or payment, including the patient’s condition, treatment or facts giving rise to their health care.
However, certain limited information is allowed under HIPAA unless the patient objects. This includes whether or not the patient is being treated at a facility, and a general description of their condition, such as undetermined, good or treated and released. This information is not allowed if the patient has objected or the hospital or facility determines it is not in the best interest of the patient to disclose this information.
1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [45 C.F.R. § 164.510]