EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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.