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A HIPAA authorization is a document that gives someone permission to use or disclose your protected health information. HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which is a law that protects private patient information.

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A HIPAA authorization can be written by anyone who has the authority to do so on behalf of another person, such as a spouse or parent.

There are three types of authorizations:


Limited and


Authorized individuals must never include any type of identifying information in the form itself or on its envelope because it would violate privacy laws! To get all of those weird HIPAA acronyms out-of-the-way.

General authorization is used to allow an employer or insurer access to your medical records for the purpose of administering benefits coverage.

Limited authorization allows another person who has permission from you (usually a spouse) to speak with doctors about your condition without giving them any identifying information such as social security numbers or names; they can only tell the doctor what’s wrong and how it impacts you on a day-to-day basis.

Finally, specific authorization gives someone access to just one piece of private information that could be useful in treating the patient’s condition — usually something like a diagnosis code.


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