Authorization and Compliance
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been around since 1996, and all living wills and advance medical directives need to have provisions to comply with HIPAA regulations. Unfortunately, Congress did not make the rules that govern HIPAA compliance widely known until 2001, which means if your documents were created before 2001, they are not HIPAA-compliant and you’ll need to go through the process again.
What Is HIPAA?
HIPAA rules keep your health information private. HIPAA requires all medical care providers, such as doctors, pharmacies, nurses, and hospitals, to keep your medical information private. The Privacy Rule of 2001 placed HIPAA in the spotlight, and now every medical office knows the importance of HIPAA compliance.
The Privacy Rule took effect in 2001 and mandated that health care providers and insurance companies who released medical information about their patients could be subject to civil fines, criminal penalties and even imprisonment.
This is a form that allows your doctor to disclose your medical records. This may be necessary when you’re switching doctors or moving to a new town.
Contact us today for assistance with designing and implementing your HIPAA authorization. And enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved ones will have access to your medical information and condition in an emergency.