HIPPA, ICE and Your Family
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It’s back to school time!
For many parents this involves sending their child to the exciting and often unpredictable world of higher learning, otherwise known as college.
Preparing your child for college can feel like an endless list of tasks mixed with emotions of change. Saying goodbye can be hard as your child embarks on adult life and responsibility.
So, imagine you’ve safely delivered your dearly beloved son or daughter to their new college campus, ensured their dorm is efficiently set up and class schedules are established. Books, supplies, clothing, toiletries - all in good order.
A tearful hug and goodbye. “Everything is going to be okay,” you tell yourself.
Two months into the semester you get a call from your child’s roommate. Something bad has happened. An accident. You can hear the panic in the roomate's voice and this makes you begin to panic. You are told to call the local hospital.
You frantically dial the number. The person on the other end of the line doesn’t seem to understand your sense of urgency as you explain to them that your child is in their hospital hurt and you need details!
You do your best to explain the situation, but all you hear from the other end of the line is, “Ma’am, we aren’t allowed to give out information on our patients due to HIPAA laws.”
Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA)
Depending on a hospitals interpretation of the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA) you may be unable to obtain information about your college aged child if they are in a medical emergency situation.
It’s nearly impossible to fathom that hospitals have even refused to acknowledge whether or not a child had been admitted to the hospital! Don’t let this happen to your family! Don’t forget the ICE!
In Case of Emergency (ICE)
Attorney Lizette B. Sundvick will be sending her son Davin off to college in one year. “I will not allow him to step foot on campus before we have established healthcare directives and he has the In Case Of Emergency card in his wallet. It’s a vital protective measure that is relatively simple, but easy for people to forget to set up. Davin actually turns 18 before heading off to college, so most of the updates will be made then.”
Sundvick Legacy Center offers medical health directives with built in systems allowing hospitals access to vital medical records. If you or someone you know has an adult child heading off to college it is a good idea to establish an In Case of Emergency I.C.E. HIPPA Release Registry.
Here’s some of the information it can include:
- Medical Conditions
- Parent Contact information
- Child’s College or University
- HIPAA release – permitting you to receive information about your child’s condition
- Other medical info & healthcare directives
- Additional Emergency Contacts
- Doctor’s Contact Information
- Records of Immunization, Chronic Conditions
Call our office to schedule an appointment to ensure you don’t forget the ICE! If you don’t have 24/7 access to your healthcare directives we can solve that issue at the same time!
Sundvick Legacy Center is committed to positively impacting the lives of all generations.