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Hipaa And Health Care Proxies
Close: A healthcare proxy designates and individual to be responsible for all healthcare decisions, whereas a power of attorney may be designated to make all legal decisions in all aspects of your life. They are very close but differ in their limitations according to my knowledge. ...Read more
Yes & no: Health care proxy only gains power once your mom's physicians declare that she has lost capacity to make medical/legal/financial decisions for herself. The courts will decide whether she is competent or not, and who will become guardian if no legal framework has been established. But health care proxy cannot make anyone do anything as long as s/he is of sound mind. Incapacity may be temporary. ...Read more
Unable to get any health info or nursing care plan on mom due to hipaa. She signed both of us as poa in tx but in this state can be only 1. What to do?
Maybe: Hipaa was designed to prevent unwarranted sharing of health information electronically. It rapidly expanded to absurd levels. It inhibits communication among doctors and restricts clinical research. It increases costs and annoyance. The government and insurance companies can trade this information without restriction. The whole thing needs revision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No. A durable power of attorney gives someone the right to make medical decisions on someone else's behalf. Implicit in that is the permission that he medical care must be discussed with that person who has the power of attorney. It would be a violation of hipaa to talk with people who were not involved in the patients care about the patient. ...Read more
See below: Living will is a legal document that lists your healthcare wishes when you become incapacitated or otherwise are unable to make your own decisions for any reason. You write this while you are of sound mind. A healthcare proxy is when you designate someone else (in a written document) to make healthcare decisions for you when you are not able to. Hopefully, they follow your wishes. ...Read more
Most attention is on the govt role to improve health care, but what can we individuals do to improve health care?
Be healthy!: The most important thing we can do to improve healthcare it to be healthy. Eating clean, exercising daily, avoiding excesses, avoiding smoking and tanning, and maintaining a healthy weight and body fat would eliminate billions from healthcare costs if everyone would subscribe to these basic ideas, improving hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia... Education of good lifestyle is crucial. ...Read more
For free counseling: Try your local mental health center, a local college or university with a psychology training program, or a local medical school with a psychiatry training program. The mental health center may have a sliding fee based on income. The training programs may provide services to community people as training for their students. ...Read more
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