045 HIPAA: Key Basics and 5 FAQs for Family Caregivers

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In This Episode:

Dr. K explains what all family caregivers should know about the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and your options for getting doctors to share information about an older relative’s health. She covers:

  • Why it’s so common for families to need health information from a relative’s doctors
  • What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule
  • When are doctors allowed to disclose health information to family members and others
  • When are doctors required to disclose health information
  • What is a HIPAA release or authorization, and when is it necessary?
  • Options for communicating with doctors despite an older person’s objections or refusal
  • When to consider an older person’s decision-making capacity
  • How a durable power of attorney for healthcare can enable a family member to obtain information
  • Practical tips for family caregivers

Related episode:

038 FAQs On Incompetence & Losing Decision Capacity

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