Why Would Your Loved Ones Need a HIPAA Release Form?
In the future, it may become very important for your loved ones to have access to your medical information, and the HIPAA release form allows them access to this information.
In the unfortunate event you become unconscious or otherwise incapacitated and unable to communicate with your family, the HIPAA release ensures your family will have access to your important medical information so they can make informed decisions regarding your healthcare.
The Reason Incapacitation Triggers the need for a HIPAA Release Form
If you become “incapacitated,” it means you lack the mental state to make sound decisions for yourself. Incapacitation can result from accidents, unconsciousness, illness, Alzheimer’s, or other types of dementia.
If you are incapacitated, medical decisions concerning your ongoing treatment will still need to be made. Perhaps your loved ones will need a second opinion from another medical professional, but will need to review your medical records before making that decision. Or, they may need to dispute a bill or review medical insurance coverage as payments become due.
With the HIPAA release form in place, you can rest easy today knowing your loved ones will have the information they need to help you through your healthcare management in the future.
What the Law Requires
A HIPAA release form is required in order to satisfy a law, called HIPAA, that keeps your medical information private.
“HIPAA,” which stands for the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,” is a federal law enacted in 1996.
Pursuant to HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human Services created the “Privacy Rule,” which determines when “protected health information” may or may not be disclosed, and the manner in which such information may be used.
Under HIPAA, you have to provide express written consent to allow your loved ones access to the following medical information:
- information about your physical or mental condition
- the type of healthcare that was provided to you
- payment for medical expenses
In order for a doctor to share any of the above information with your loved ones, you must provide express written authorization via the HIPAA release form, which will explicitly declare which information can be shared, and the specific people you want to share it with.
How We Can Help with Your HIPAA Release Form
A HIPAA release is a legally enforceable document that makes certain those you have appointed will have quick and easy access to your important medical information in order to make the best decisions on your behalf. This important document can be declared invalid, unenforceable, or void, if you do not draft it properly.
It is fast, easy, and affordable when you hire Denni Law, Inc. to create the HIPAA release for you. To get started preparing your legally enforceable HIPAA release form, click the button below to talk to Attorney Paul Denni.