The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires the protection and confidential handling of protected information. A HIPAA waiver allows doctors to communicate your health history and current health situation to a person of your choosing. Without such authorization doctors are legally barred from discussing anything about a patient with third parties, including family members.
In the event you are incapacitated and without a HIPAA waiver, no family member or friend would be allowed to discuss your prognosis or obtain information about your condition, making it very challenging to make decisions. The HIPAA waiver can be written to specify to a variety of settings, the amount of information released, and who will be able to access health information.
If you are interested in a HIPAA waiver, contact us to schedule your free phone consultation.