Arranging Interviews with Medical Experts and Patients
A reporter or photographer interested in covering stories at Cox Medical Center Branson should contact the Media Relations Specialist at (417) 335-7460. Our media relations specialist and staff with Marketing & Research are happy to assist you by arranging interviews and photo opportunities with medical experts and patients.
CoxHealth policy requires that members of the media be escorted at all times while on hospital property, including all facilities owned or operated by CoxHealth and its parking lots. Please call the media relations specialist at (417) 335-7460 to arrange this in advance. In addition, patients and staff who will be interviewed or photographed on CoxHealth property must sign a release form.
Requesting Patient Condition Reports
As long as the patient has not requested that information be withheld, the marketing & research department will provide media with a one-word condition about current patients being treated at Cox Medical Center Branson. The information will be provided in accordance with federal HIPAA privacy regulations. It will only be released if the inquirer identifies the patient by name. To receive a patient condition report, call the Media Relations Specialist, (417)-335-7460. Before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, you may call the system operator at 417-269-3211 and ask for the on call media contact.
The federal Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandates regulations that govern privacy, security and administration simplification standards for Healthcare information.
Among other things, the HIPAA privacy regulations restrict the information that healthcare providers may include in a patient directory and release to the public, including news media. Patients have the option of further restricting release of directory information. Unless the patient objects, directory information about a particular patient can be shared with any person who asks for the patient by name. The following information may be placed in the patient directory:
- The patient's name
- The patient's location in the hospital
- The patient's condition
While HIPAA privacy regulations restrict the information healthcare providers may release, patients are free to release their own personal information or consent to interviews providing it does not interfere with their medical treatment. However, patients who will be interviewed or photographed on CoxHealth property must sign a release form, provided by Marketing & Research. In addition, members of the media must be escorted at all times while on hospital property, including all facilities owned or operated by CoxHealth, and its parking lots.
Media Relations Specialist
Cox Medical Center Branson
PO Box 650
Branson, Missouri 65615