Your daughter is away at college. She hasn’t called for a day or two.
No answer on her cell phone. What is going on?
In a previous post, I wrote about HIPAA, and the way it blocks parents from medical information about their adult (18 years and older) children. This is a particular concern for parents with children away in college.
To paint with a broad brush, HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act) blocks even parents from the absolute open line of communication with the doctors and hospitals that may be treating their college age child.
There are three documents which allow a parent to have open access and control of a situation if a college age child is injured or sick. These are:
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- HIPAA medical information release, and a
- Durable Power of Attorney.
These three will give peace of mind and speed the flow of information, not just in times of disaster, but in times of small issues that could become big. Over the next few days, I will talk some about each of these.