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Task: Fill Out A HIPAA Authorization Form

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, better known as HIPAA, was put in place to protect a patient's privacy.

When you fill out an authorization form, which you may have done so your records can be shared among your providers, it allows those people access to those files. You can also do this so a person in your life can view them as well.

This is specifically helpful for:

  • Adult children caring for their parents
  • Parents whose kids are going to college
  • Anyone named as a Health Care Proxy, which was covered in this task

HIPAA Law and HIPAA Compliance

If anyone accesses or shares your health records without your approval it can be considered a HIPAA violation, which can result in massive fines and possible prison time. Yes, it's that serious so don't be surprised if a doctor or medical professional won't share anything without a proper medical records release form.

The Task

Find the form by Googling “HIPAA authorization form” for your state. Once you find your state’s form, it should be filled out and given to a doctor or medical institution who holds the records you want to be accessible. To play it safe, it’s best to consult a doctor first to make sure you’re doing it correctly so anyone helping provide you care has access to the records they need.

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