It is important to execute a global health authorization. Under HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1995), doctors and other medical professionals may only release your private health information (PHI) to “covered entities” and they may not release your PHI to individuals without your prior consent. A HIPAA Authorization provides that you are authorizing certain named individuals to communicate with the medical professionals working for you, and to have access to your medical records, and other private health care information.
By executing this document, you will achieve the following:
- Grant certain individuals access to your doctors
- Grant certain individuals access to your medical records
- Grant certain individuals access to information related to your billing and insurance
Without this document, your family may be prevented from accessing your PHI. This could hinder their ability to assist in making decisions related to your health and life-altering decisions should you become incapacitated and unable to make these health care decisions for yourself.
It is important that anyone you have named as an initial or successor Agent or Trustee is authorized to communicate with your doctors to ascertain your competence. Failing to give this authorization could result in expensive, time-consuming and onerous trips to guardianship court.
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