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What is the difference between a health care proxy and power of attorney?

What is the difference between a health care proxy and power of attorney?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hipaa (Definition)

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a US law that outlines privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information that is accessed by health ...Read more


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Could a health care proxy make my mom stay in a nursing home?

Could a health care proxy make my mom stay in a nursing home?

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

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How does hipaa lead to protecting health information?

How does hipaa lead to  protecting health information?

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 more

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Does durable power of attorney for health come into coonflict with hipaa?

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

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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?

Need to know: What state you are in to be able to research this. Best thing to do is to consult a lawyer in your mother's state who has dealt with this type of issue before. ...Read more

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What is the difference between living wills and health care proxies?

What is the difference between living wills and health care proxies?

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

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Lets start rejecting health care!?

Ok: Ok- go for it. Let us know how that works for you. ...Read more

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What is transformational health care about?

What is transformational health care about?

Quality & Safety 1st: Over the past decade there has been a "quiet revolution" going on in healthcare as we attempt to apply many of the principles of quality improvement from other "high risk" professions to our own. The goal is to significantly reduce avoidable errors, focus on safety, improve communication, and have transparency with respect to outcomes data. It's been a slow process but care is clearly improving. ...Read more

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What are types of bills causing health care to be unaffordable ?

What are types of bills causing health care to be unaffordable ?

HEALTHCARE ?: Watch the movie SICKO by Michael Moore. The bulk of the money is kept by insurance companies . The CEO'S of most companies make 5-10 million/Yr. The companies are for profit. The business adage is to improve profit, cut costs. The insurance companies have no system of checks and balances. They arbitraliy make decisions with no medical knowledge. The President would have to make a stand to change ...Read more

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Why is cultural competency important for health care professionals?

Why is cultural competency important for health care professionals?

Understand the: patient. Culture affects on how we communicate and the same words mean different things in different cultures. In some cultures a woman may not wish to see a male doctor. In some cultures the person may not feel comfortable in questioning a person in authority such as a doctor. Cultural competence is essential for effective communication with the patient. ...Read more