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Just so I have this correct, your daughter has POA, so she can speak to the doctors, and your sister signed her in, so she can speak to doctors, as well.
Is she conscious and aware?
If so, she gets to decide who is on her HIPAA list. She may include or exclude whomever she wants.
If she is not, then it comes down to the professional judgment of the doctors. The HIPAA privacy rules allow for some discretion on the part of the doctors in the situation where the patient cannot make their own decisions, either because of some trauma or mental incapacity.
Below is a link to Health and Human Services information on this matter: http://www.hhs.gov/hipaafaq/notice/488.html
If she has the capacity to decide, there isn't much you can do about it.
I understand your frustration, but you will have to convince your mother to tell her doctors that it is OK to discuss her condition with you. Absent that, there isn't much you can do.
They can, but your mother can, too.
This is one of the times where your rights and her rights are in conflict. You only have the right to her medical information to the extent she gives you that right. Since she is aware, she is given control over who has access to her medical information. I know it is frustrating for you, but the law gives the patient that right.
I wish I had better news, but the law is what it is.
It certainly sounds unfair, but the law doesn't always produce a fair outcome, unfortunately. As unfair as it is, if she is aware, she gets to make the decision.
Yes, your mother can add you. HIPAA is your bigger problem. She needs to tell her doctor that she can discuss her medical issues with you.
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