Have you ever heard of HIPAA?
HIPPA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and it was enacted in 1996 as a way to protect your health-related information. HIPAA prevents doctors, nurses, and all healthcare workers from leaking your personal health records.
That means typically, a loved one can’t have access to your medical records or your diagnosis information unless you sign off on a HIPAA release form, which gives them permission to access your file.
But, if you are a loved one of a patient who hasn’t signed a HIPAA form, you can still express any concerns you have regarding the patient to the doctor!
Now, the provider won’t be able to give you any treatment plan information or share the patient’s medical information with you, but you can still disclose information to the doctor so that the doctor can follow up with the patient regarding your concerns.
If you have any questions regarding HIPAA or would like to discuss your health insurance coverage, give Clevenger Insurance a call today at 574-267-2181.