Another aspect of estate planning to be aware of is a HIPAA form. This document will also protect you in the case that you become incapacitated. By signing this form, the person you choose will have access to your medical records. The reason being so he or she can make decisions based on those records. This form is important as it allows for someone of your choice to decide important matters regarding your health in the instance that you can’t do so yourself. Without a HIPAA form, medical laws may prevent that person from being able to access those important records. In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act passed. This act currently enforces legislation that is designed to reduce fraud and abuse in the health care sector.
Although the law is comprehensive, the part we typically focus on is the protection of health information. Your health information is protected in all aspects under HIPAA. The federal Department of Health and Human Services severe penalizes institutions that are found to violate the HIPAA laws. Generally speaking, these violations stem from unauthorized access to or release of physical or health information. Health care providers have strict rules as to who has access to your personal health care information. As such, it’s imperative that you have HIPAA authorization for your estate planning.
Here Are Some of the Things That a HIPAA Form Does as Part of an Estate Plan:
- You’re able to nominate a family member, friend, or trustee. The chosen person has access to your health information. Additionally, this person is normally also your health care power of attorney. As such, this person can make medical decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to do so yourself.
- This type of authorization takes effect when a written request is received by your health care provider.
- In the HIPAA Authorization document, you’ll note your right to revoke the document along with the revocation procedure.
Typically, an estate plan includes both a HIPAA form alongside a health care power of attorney. Furthermore, The Fetty Firm can help draft both documents and ensure their validation. Keep in mind that estate planning can be very complex. Your best bet is to acquire the services of an experienced family law attorney. Rashelle Fetty and The Fetty Firm offer top-rated services to North Texas residents. Contact us today to learn about how we can help you. You can reach us by calling (214) 546-5737. Moreover, set an appointment by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you. With our services, you’ll have experienced assistance as you navigate your estate planning process.