From Pro-Life Wisconsin.
New Addendum to Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care Document
Pro-Life Wisconsin has updated our Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care (PPAHC) document to authorize the free flow of medical information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to primary and alternate health care agents.
HIPAA is a federal law that sought to simplify the administrative process in dealing with medical information and medical records. One of the primary goals of HIPAA was to address the concern over how private health information would be safeguarded in the wake of the popularization of electronic medical records.
To safeguard such medical records, HIPAA strictly limits health care providers from disclosing protected health information about you to any third party, whether that individual is a close friend, a family member, or even a spouse. Simply stated, as soon as someone turns 18, the disclosure of your medical records is highly restricted.
We want to ensure your health care agent under your PPAHC will have no difficulty in accessing your health care records if and when a decision needs to be made on your behalf. However, if you wait until the need for such a decision arises, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to secure your signature on a HIPAA Release Form at that time.
The new HIPAA addendum authorizes your health care agent to immediately access your health care information in the event you become incapacitated. This access to your health care information will greatly assist your chosen agent in making a decision in line with your wishes.
Download a copy of the PPAHC document, which was updated June 13, 2017.
If you have an older version of the document (printed or obtained prior to June 13, 2017), download this HIPAA addendum.
Pro-Life Wisconsin staff is available to answer any questions. Please let us know that you’re using this document, and we will alert you to any new addendums or changes.
Thank you for protecting yourselves and your loved ones!
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