Powers of Attorney: Medical Records Release Concerns

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July 9, 2012 — 1,275 views  
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires medical professionals to allow patients to have access to their medical records. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an individual may give healthcare powers of attorney to another person, and provide full access to the medical records of the individual in question - to the extent that the HIPAA Privacy Rules allow.


There are numerous documents that must be filed by both the person who wishes to hand over the powers of attorney and the individual receiving the responsibility. Medical records release requires the access request and acceptance because health information is delicate. The detailed information contained in medical records could jeopardize a person’s job, health insurance coverage or social standing.


Consequently, the implementation of specifications must be covered by the correct permit. In addition, written records of the additional power will need to be signed, sealed and properly notified. Medical record professionals may want to check the HIPPA guidelines and consult with the healthcare facility’s lawyer if a tough situation develops.

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