HIPAA Waiver of Authorization

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A HIPAA waiver of authorization is a written document that allows an individual's protected health information (PHI) to be shared with a third party without their consent. The waiver must be signed by the individual and the person or organization requesting the information.

There are two types of HIPAA waivers:

* General waivers: These allow PHI to be shared for a broad range of purposes, such as research, public health, or law enforcement.
* Specific waivers: These allow PHI to be shared for a specific purpose, such as treatment, payment, or health care operations.

HIPAA waivers are only valid if they meet all of the following requirements:

* They are written in plain language and signed by the individual.
* They specify the purpose for which the PHI will be shared.
* They specify the person or organization with whom the PHI will be shared.
* They state the date on which the waiver expires.

HIPAA waivers can be revoked at any time by the individual who signed them.

It is important to note that HIPAA waivers do not apply to all PHI. For example, PHI that is created or maintained by a covered entity in connection with its own health care operations is not subject to HIPAA's privacy rules.

If you have any questions about HIPAA waivers, you should consult with an attorney.

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