A free general HIPAA form that is usable in a dental office is available for download on online from Caring.com. The form covers the patient's authorization to disclose medical records, the time period in which the records can be disclosed, and any medical records the patient would like to keep private. Additional adaptable forms, such as a privacy practice notice, patient consent form and alternate authorization form, are downloadable from the AAFP website.Continue Reading
HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, allows the patient to decide which portions of their protected health information can be disclosed under necessary circumstances. Medical professionals are required to distribute a privacy practice notice to their clients, which must be signed and kept on file.
In addition to the privacy practice notice, an authorization form is necessary. This form specifies what portions of protected health information is permissible to release and which parties can receive it. This includes the transfer of medical records to a specialist or to a team in charge of the patient's treatment.
While HIPAA does not require permission to disclose treatment information to insurance companies for payment purposes, patients should sign the consent forms indicating this fact before treatment. This way, a practice is covered if a client claims that it has been HIPAA non-compliant by informing the insurance company about services received.Learn more about Dental