HIPAA is vast.
When Congress enacted HIPAA on August 21, 1996, however, one of its critical concerns was protecting the privacy of the average American citizen.
Prior to HIPAA’s enactment, medical records had become increasingly accessible as a result of technological advances that contributed widespread information sharing.
HIPAA targeted the potential for fraudulent or improper disclosure and transmission of medical records.
In doing so HIPAA has created a challenge for lawyers in Pennsylvania who seek to protect the rights of clients who need to exercise Powers of Attorney for their loved ones within the HIPAA environment.
This article, which I published on the Martindale-Hubbel website in Spring of 2008 (with a few minor changes) is still relevant today. You can also review this article in the series of posts that have been – and will be – published in this blog.