My husband had some routine blood work done recently, and the doctor’s office called my house to discuss the results. He wasn’t here, so I asked whether I could pass it on to him. The nurse on the line refused, even though I am his wife. Sound familiar?
The reason she refused is because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which imposes stiff penalties on health care providers that reveal protected health information. Entities that violate this rule can face stiff penalties, including jail time, so they play it safe.
That’s why a HIPAA authorization is so important. It can ensure your loved ones have access to your protected health care information so that they can make informed medical decisions on your behalf if necessary. To read more about HIPAA, click here.
I hope you’re doing well and find this information helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions.