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Old 01-13-2019, 06:45 PM
 
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The POA is only required if the patient is unable to speak for himself.

There is this misconception that HIPAA prevents doctors from talking to patients' relatives. That is not true. If someone is in the hospital and the doctor comes in to see a patient all he has to do is ask the patient whether anyone else in the room should leave while medical issues are discussed.

In addition, if someone becomes incapacitated unexpectedly without a POA in place doctors can and do talk to the next of kin.
People don't understand that HIPPA is an agreement that ALLOWS your doctor to share your info.

If you truly do not want info shared with anyone, don't sign it.

Think about it. Why would you ever have to sign something that says "don't share my info?" You don't. But, you need to sign something that allows the doctor to share it. He/she needs your permission to share. it. Hence the form.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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People don't understand that HIPPA is an agreement that ALLOWS your doctor to share your info.

If you truly do not want info shared with anyone, don't sign it.

Think about it. Why would you ever have to sign something that says "don't share my info?" You don't. But, you need to sign something that allows the doctor to share it. He/she needs your permission to share. it. Hence the form.
Some forms do have the option to say "don't share my info" with a specific person.

However, you can verbally allow your doctor to talk to anyone, as Katarina's DH did.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:30 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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People don't understand that HIPPA is an agreement that ALLOWS your doctor to share your info.

If you truly do not want info shared with anyone, don't sign it.

Think about it. Why would you ever have to sign something that says "don't share my info?" You don't. But, you need to sign something that allows the doctor to share it. He/she needs your permission to share. it. Hence the form.
I don't believe that's true. The form you are always asked to sign is the "Notice of Privacy Practices". It's only an acknowledgment that you understand that your information will be shared with any & all "covered entities".

If a request is made from a non-covered entity; a separate form must be signed.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/...sec164-508.xml
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Old Today, 03:48 PM
 
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BTW, I can't count the number of times, my mom wasn't able to give her verbal consent.

Once, I left her for half an hour, and during that time, she had a stroke. Her aids walked pass her not noticing the signs that she couldn't communicate. When regain conscious, she thought her high school principal would be upset she missed class. She came back mostly except for understanding numbers and writing.

The POA made ER easier.
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