In response to another question, someone mentioned that you might need a HIPAA authorization as well as a Health Care Power of Attorney for the doctor to speak with you. Can anyone confirm this? We have activated a HCPOA for our loved one. (I am not the HCPOA. I am the worrywart who looks down the road and says "Is this going to be a problem?") . Do we also need a HIPAA release? If so, who would sign it as the patient is no longer able to make decisions for herself?