HIPAA Release Lawyer in Lawrenceville, GA
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is an important law safeguarding patient privacy. However, HIPAA can also prevent your family and/or personal representative from accessing medical records they need to view to make the right decisions about your health care.
Contact Peach State Wills & Trusts today to consult an experienced HIPAA release lawyer and create clear and valid HIPAA authorization documents in Georgia.
How HIPAA Works in Georgia
Health care providers, health insurance companies, and any organizations that must comply with HIPAA legislation cannot divulge your PHI (protected health information) to any individual, even your spouse or a close family member, unless they present a valid authorization form.
PHI includes your:
- Past and present medical conditions
- Lab test results
- Records of medical care you received
- Your billing records
- Identifying information like your name and address
Without a legally valid HIPAA release form, in case you suddenly become incapacitated and cannot make your own decisions, your family or personal representative may not have access to crucial information like the full details of your health condition or medical history. This applies even to your designated health care proxy, who may have to make time-sensitive decisions in the absence of important data.
Why Everyone Should Have Valid HIPAA Authorization Forms
While HIPAA authorization often crops up in elder law contexts, people of any age can benefit from creating a legally valid HIPAA release. Anyone might have a stroke, an accident, or another emergency under which they need health care providers to release their private medical records to a trusted representative.
A HIPAA authorization form can:
- Allow your personal representative instant and full access to vital medical information
- Help your representative make correct and timely decisions on your behalf
- Reduce stress, confusion, and uncertainty for your family during a critical time
Do You Need a HIPAA Release Lawyer?
While you can create a HIPAA release form without an attorney, it's best to work with a competent HIPAA release lawyer who will help you draft a HIPAA authorization form as part of a comprehensive estate and end-of-life plan.
A skilled HIPAA release attorney at Peach State Wills & Trusts can:
- Explain the legal implications of HIPAA authorization (and lack thereof)
- Help you decide which individuals should have access to your medical records
- Create a clear, detailed HIPAA release form that complies with state and federal law
- Advise you on creating other related legal documents, like the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare
Contact Peach State Wills & Trusts for Help With HIPAA Authorization and Other Estate Planning Documents in Georgia
In a situation where you can't make decisions about your health care, you need your chosen personal representative to have full and instant access to your medical records. Consult the legal team at Peach State Wills & Trusts and learn how to incorporate a HIPAA authorization form into your estate plan.
Call (678) 344-5342 or go online to schedule a consultation with a Georgia HIPAA release lawyer today.