Various Aspects of Estate Planning: HIPPA Releases, continued

Welcome back. Our estate planning attorney in Raleigh NC is here to help you better understand the various aspects of estate planning including HIPPA releases. We talked about this previously, as well. Check back there for more. If you have any questions, contact our lawyer. We are here for you.

  • Entities such as healthcare providers, healthcare plans and health clearinghouses must adhere to the rules set forth under the act. Most of these organizations had to undergo multiple processes to become HIPAA compliant when the privacy rule went into effect in April 2003.
  • You may notice that when you go to a new doctor or update your files with your current provider, they now give you information about the act and explain how your information will be protected. You may have also had to sign a form stating your information could be released to another party if you have switched doctors or needed to visit a specialist.
  • These protections ensure that your information is not disclosed without your permission, and when ID information is transferred, it is only the minimal amount needed for the requesting party’s purpose.
  • Companies who are compliant with HIPAA guidelines must ask your permission to request or release your medical records to another entity. They must ask to make corrections to your information. You should also receive a notice outlining how your information will be used if you give them permission. You should also receive a report showing when and how your information was used.
  • The HIPAA laws also affect how medical information is used by your employer. While most companies do not have access to someone’s medical information, insurance claims or medical reimbursements could have private health information listed that needed to be protected. In these cases, the people who take care of employee insurance or reimbursements should be aware of the law and follow procedure. 
  • HIPAA privacy laws are enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services. They may penalize entities such as healthcare providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses who exchange patient documents if the laws are not followed.

To learn more about the various aspects of estate planning, contact our estate planning attorney in Raleigh NC. We can help. Also stay tuned for other blogs in this series.

Klish and Eldreth | Estate Planning Attorney in Raleigh NC

Keeping your estate plan up-to-date with changes is important. Meeting with your estate planning attorney in Raleigh NC quarterly, semi-annually, or at least annually might be a good idea. That way, you can ensure that all changes are updated and documented properly, in the event that you have an untimely incapacitation or death.

Remember, if you don’t have an estate plan in place, now might be the best time to start. Our estate lawyer is here to help you get your estate planning in order and ready should you pass in an untimely manner or become incapacitated at some point. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact our office.

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