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We must first start from the understanding that many medical benefits are provided by the employer not as a requirement of law, but as a job perk. Accordingly, the employer may seek disclosure of otherwise private information in exchange for providing the job perk. In your situation, you have agreed previously to release this type of information to your company's medical division in exchange for them providing you with medical benefits. The same quid pro quo applies when the company outsources this function to the third party management company. Thus, if you want to continue with the benefits, the release of information may be necessary.
Even when we are looking at your rights under the FMLA, the employer has the right to designate a third party to handle these matters.
In short, the company's decision to outsource requires you to disclose to the outside firm.
That being said, you stated that third party management company wants you to sign a "power of attorney." I find this troublesome as a simple HIPPA release seems like it would do the trick. Why does the third party need your power of attorney?
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I have not seen this document only been told of it. I feel the same way I am not comfortable with the power of attorney document if in deed that is what it is. I will need to follow-up with this.
Nevertheless you answered the my main question.
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