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On April 14, 2003, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulation took effect and created standards that most every entity and provider in the medical industry must adopt in order to protect the privacy of patient information.
One section of the regulation will have a significant impact on the process by which attorneys may obtain patient information from medical providers. In the past, attorneys have provided medical providers with a subpoena or written request for such information, and in many cases patients have signed a short authorization to release such records to attorneys.
HIPAA, however, changes the rules by which attorneys may obtain patient information. If the patient signs an authorization to release records to an attorney, the authorization must contain specific language. If an attorney sends a subpoena to obtain the documents, there must be additional action taken before the records can be released.
If patient information is released without the proper steps being taken, there could be potential violations of HIPAA. That is why the Louisville Bar Association (LBA), the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, and other groups have taken action action to address this issue. The LBA hosted a seminar on this subject where attendees obtained sample forms and additional information in an attempt to standardize, as much as possible, the process by which attorneys obtain patient information. This seminar is available on video from the LBA.
The LBA wanted to make you aware of this material so you will know what must be done in order to release patient information. Forms are available for download from the right column of this page. We encourage you to provide a link to this information on your website.
The LBA believes that this information may assist both attorneys and health care providers in complying with HIPAA and preventing significant disruptions of needed disclosures of patient information.
Should you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Kimberly Farmer by phone, (502) 583-5314, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MODEL COVER LETTER FOR AUTHORIZATION
MODEL PLAINTIFF'S AUTHORIZATION
MODEL PSYCHOTHERAPY NOTES AUTHORIZATION
MODEL NOTICE TO TAKE PHYSICIAN'S DEPOSITION
PLAINTIFF'S MODEL LETTER TO TREATING PHYSICIAN WITH AUTHORIZATION
MODEL QUALIFIED PROTECTIVE ORDER
DEFENDENT'S MODEL LETTER TO RECORD'S CUSTODIAN (QPO)