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HIPPA-Regulation designed to protect personal information and data collected and stored in medical records. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act established a national standard to be used in all doctors' offices, hospitals and other businesses where personal medical information is stored.

A power of attorney is a document you can use to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. The person you designate is called an "attorney-in-fact." The appointment can be effective immediately or can become effective only if you are unable to make decisions on your own. 

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Something slightly different about Powers of Attorney - there are different types and you need to consider what is appropriate. Some only cut in when the donor (the person giving the POA) is no longer competent, some give the donee (the person being appointed) equal rights (eg me for my daughter when she was overseas). Some appoint one person (although there should be a back-up mechanism in case the donee dies or loses competence before the donor). Some appoint more than one donee with either to sign (which is convenient), and some appoint two to sign (which is safe). People on this site often use 'POA' to mean the donee, but a POA is actually the document. Don't just buy a printed form, get some advice.
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I am assuming you are asking what they are. If I am wrong, you will need to give more info.

HIPPA - this protects your medical information. At the time of entering the hospital or any medical facility a person needs to list people who can be given info on their care. If this is not done, the facility will not give out info.

Durable Power of Attorney (POA) There r two parts to this. One financial the other medical. POA can only be used when the person who assigns ths POA is no longer competent to handle their finances and medical decisions.

Guardianship - This is used when the person has no POA assigned and can no longer make informed decisions. The state gets involved and records have to be kept with how money has been used.
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