Health Care Proxy &
Throughout the country, health care laws are dense and complex. Massachusetts is no different, going to lengthy steps to protect the rights and privacy of patients. A Health Care Proxy can help remove these barriers for you should you be unable to make or communicate your own health care decisions. By naming a proxy, you will have someone who can do that for you, acting on your behalf to determine the best course of medical treatment that meets your needs. A proxy can only act on your behalf once your doctor determines that you lack the ability to do so.
In 1996, the federal government passed the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) as one way to ensure that medical records of individuals are protected. The laws even prevent family members from accessing a loved one's medical records. You can bypass those protections with a HIPAA Authorization, allowing a spouse or other family member the capability to review your medical records. In doing so, you improve their ability to make a better decision when it comes to your medical care.