What is HIPAA?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, is a federal law with significant impacts on healthcare and health insurance. One of those impacts was the development of privacy protections for medical records. Under HIPAA, your personal health information is generally protected from disclosure to third parties, except as you authorize or as required by law.
What is a HIPAA Authorization?
A HIPAA Authorization is a document authorizing the release of medical records which are protected under HIPAA. A HIPAA Authorization names designated representatives who may receive protected medical records, despite the privacy protections of HIPAA.
Why do I need a HIPAA Authorization?
A HIPAA Authorization works with a living will to ensure the people designated to make medical decisions for you are able to communicate with your healthcare providers about your condition, treatment, and prognosis. Without a HIPAA Authorization, your family, loved ones, and your designated representatives may be left in the dark, unable to receive information about your medical condition.
Creating a HIPAA Authorization avoids this by authorizing specific people to receive healthcare information so they can stay informed about your condition and make medical decisions on your behalf.
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