Pa Estate planners must stay ahead of the definitions and tenets of the HIPAA Privacy Rules. Knowledge of the precise meanings of Protected Health Information, Personal Representative, and other HIPAA terms, and how they impact our practice are fundamental to our role as counselors.
A Power of Attorney is a highly effective document when drafted correctly. Only with the proper wording in light of HIPAA, the Privacy Rules, and the changing practice of today’s health care profession, will the Power of Attorney remain the powerful tool it is mean to be.
This article is contained in the PBI Publication No. 2004-3355, 11th Annual Estate Law Institute.
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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.