The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, was created in 1996 by Congress to protect the privacy of your healthcare information. The act prohibits hospitals, doctors and any healthcare providers from releasing your health care information unless you specifically assent with a HIPAA release form. Unless you have provided a signed release form, your health care providers are prohibited from discussing any aspect of your medical information with anyone who is not directly involved in your care.
It is important to have this release signed before you get sick. You do not want to end up in the hospital, needing your healthcare proxy to make a medical decision for you – but having your proxy unable to discuss your health with your doctors. This form goes hand in hand with your healthcare proxy and it is important to have both signed ahead of time.
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