HIPAA Can Be Challenging with Dementia Patients
Complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be difficult when a patient has dementia. Special policies and procedures may be necessary.
- Do not assume all dementia patients are incompetent for consent.
- Patients with dementia may have periods in which they are competent for consent and other times when they are not.
- A Family Caregiver Should Be Consulted When The Patient Is Unable To Provide HIPPA-required Permission For Communication.
Patients with dementia may require special attention with regard to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as they aren’t always able to communicate effectively or give permission for clinicians to talk to others about their healthcare.
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