I believe that HIPAA requires any authorization to expire either on a
specific date or at a specific event. An event expiration could in fact, be
upon the individual's demise. Unfortunately I don't have a specific cite
from the rag on this.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Darrell Rishel [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 1:25 PM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: RE: When to have the patient sign an authorization


I do not believe that HIPAA mandates that an authorization can only be valid
for 60 days. Such a limitation might be a part of state law, or an
organization's own standard. I think that if you can foresee the need for
the disclosure when the patient is admitted, then you can have it signed at
that time. If the need does not become apparent until later, then you have
the patient sign it then. In either case, of course, the authorization has
to meet all off the other HIPAA (and other applicable) requirements.

Darrell Rishel, J.D.
Director of Information Services
Arapahoe House, Inc.

This message is not legal advice or a binding signature.


-----Original Message-----
From: Klayer Geni [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 11:59 AM
To: WEDI SNIP Privacy Workgroup List
Subject: RE: When to have the patient sign an authorization


As the need arises.  The authorization is only valid for 60 days.

        -----Original Message-----
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        Sent:   Monday, January 20, 2003 1:20 PM
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        Subject:        When to have the patient sign an authorization

        How are providers in particular handling the singing of
authorizations? Are practices having patients sign it when they first come
in, for future disclosures, or as the specific situations arise (i.e., they
later decide their atty. should see the medical records and sign an
applicable authorization).

        Thanks as always for your input.

        Jill Rubin, Esq.
        (617)388-2404
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