Release Of Information Form – Hipaa Regulations
HIPAA mandates that a release of health-related information may occur only after the patient completes a form authorizing the sharing of private health information with a certain individuals. In a release of information form, a patient agrees to specifics regarding who will have access to their records, what exactly will be shared, for what purpose it will be shared, and the length of time that this information will be available.
The release form must clearly spell out these details in a way that the patient fully understands the implications of signing his or her name to the document. A vaguely worded document or one missing one or more of these aspects of the release is not compliant with HIPAA regulations. The release does not become authorized until it is signed by the patient.
The release of information form is not needed when protected health information is accessed by another HIPAA compliant office other than the producer of previous records. The release of information form is only required when a patient’s medical records are being released to a third party for a specific purpose, such as for evaluation for a life insurance policy or for a research study.