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I am sorry to hear of the difficulties you are having with your father's doctor. Signing a HIPAA form gave you the right to discuss your father's medical information with his doctor, there is no question about that right and the doctor should have discussed with you the reasons for canceling the MRI that had been scheduled with your father.
The penalty is very high for violating HIPAA and disclosing someone's medical information, therefore, in order to protect himself from disclosing information to the wrong person, a medical care provider can decline to give information over the telephone and has the right to require that the person requesting this information come to his office in person.
" Do I have any rights under the law, once my father has signed all the necessary HIPPA docs to have me included in his healthcare decisions.......... ?"
By signing a HIPAA form, the individual gives authority for his health care provider to disclose his medical information, it does not give authority to anyone to play a part in making decisions as to any treatment. A person who wants to be part of the decisions on treatment must have the Principal (your father) sign a Medical Power of Attorney authorizing you to be part of those decisions,
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Thanks, Andrea. Of course, the rude office help did not bother to explain it in those terms, and in fact offered no reason for this policy. Plus, it took them a month to let me know I would not get a phone call back. I have to go to a lawyer to get an explanation. I understand, now.
The doctor or his staff should have told you that their policy was that they did not give information over the telephone or they should have told you that your father needed to sign a Medical Power of Attorney in order to allow you to take part in medical decisions, how else would you be expected to know.
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