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  • 1.  Physician office form - patient fills out indicating who the practice can communicate or share information

    Posted 10 days ago
    Good morning everyone!

    I have received a question from our Patient Access Manager for our large physician office practice regarding the form they have patient's fill out indicating who they can communicate with (i.e. spouse, child).  The question is how often should they have patient's update that form.  I have been unable to find guidance on this  particular type of form so I am reaching out for feedback.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.  Happy Friday!

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    Vicki
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  • 2.  RE: Physician office form - patient fills out indicating who the practice can communicate or share information

    Posted 10 days ago
    Our provider offices require it to be updated once per year.  They have them fill out a totally new form each year.  Of course, if there is a change in the mean time, a new form gets completed.

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    Ann Dunham
    MBA, SPHR, CHC, CHRC
    Compliance Officer
    Hannibal Regional Healthcare System
    Hannibal, MO
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  • 3.  RE: Physician office form - patient fills out indicating who the practice can communicate or share information

    Posted 10 days ago
    Thank you, Ann.  That's what I was thinking but wanted to make sure.

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    Vicki Odum, CHPC
    Director - Health Information Management/
    HIPAA Privacy Officer
    Blount Memorial Hospital
    Maryville, TN
    Vicki.Odum@bmnet.com
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  • 4.  RE: Physician office form - patient fills out indicating who the practice can communicate or share information

    Posted 10 days ago

    Our practices do the same as Ann's.  I had suggested putting on the bottom of the form something like... "Valid until revoked.  Please contact us when you have changes." and then just reminding patients when they're checking in to let us know of any changes, but the practices didn't feel comfortable with that.  They felt that patients wouldn't be able to remember what was on the form, and they would end up having to print it out for them, etc.  I see their point!  I just hate filling out the same form with the same information year after year, LOL!  ��

     

    Cinda

     

     

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  • 5.  RE: Physician office form - patient fills out indicating who the practice can communicate or share information

    Posted 9 days ago
    We too follow the same practice.  Every year unless the patient/client wishes to make any changes.

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    Tara Yeaton, RHIT, CHPC
    Director of HIM Operations
    Deputy Privacy Officer
    MaineGeneral Medical Center
    Augusta, Me
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  • 6.  RE: Physician office form - patient fills out indicating who the practice can communicate or share information

    Posted 9 days ago
    Thank you for the responses! I have shared the information with the manager who questioned the process.  Thanks again and have a great weekend!



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