Friday, January 08, 2010

What is a HIPAA release?

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) requires health care providers to be very careful how they release health care information. All health care providers are required to make reasonable efforts to limit the release of protected health information to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the particular disclosure or request for disclosure. A HIPAA release allows you to name one or more persons who will be able to have access to all of your information. This is especially important to have in your estate planning so that your medical power of attorney can have access to complete medical information in the event that they needed to make a medical decision on your behalf. We typically include such a release in our standard will packages.

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