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In all the care conferences I've attended (three different facilities), the patient was present. If he or she (my husband or my mother, in my case) does not object to those who are present that is assumed to be consent. I can understand that in igloo's example the nh didn't ask who the visitor was.
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My FIL is POA for MIL.. he always has sons and ME at all meetings ( I am the only one with medical experience) We have never had a problem. the boys and I are included and treated with respect. In fact they call us when something happens and no problems. So unless someone tells you you can't come ( someone with POA) you will be welcome. HIPAA is a bit different if you are invited by family.
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You are excluded unless there is a HIPAA form signed to allow you to be part of the process. Patient confidentiality. I do know a woman who said only her children could participate and not any in-laws.
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It seems to me that the person who is PoA for your mom can act as her agent in allowing you access to medical information that might be considered confidential under HIPAA. Is someone giving you pushback about attending the care meetings? What is your interest in attending them? Are you doing significant amouts of caregiving, and need to know what mil's ailments are?
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It is a NH.
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Thanks to all who answered and asked more questions. The specific question is whether there is a privacy issues for those who are not MPoA to be in the room and whether this is a legal issue regarding privacy. Thanks!
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Are these the care plan meetings done every 90 days or so at a NH?

If so, the DPOA & MPOA can have others there. Although you kinda want to be sensitive to the size of the room.....I brought in an old friend to 1 as she was having issues with her mom care (dietary & activities related) at another facility & it was an informational only for her (nH didn't even ask who she was btw) & when I was switching moms hospice group, I brought in the new hospice RN even though it was a couple of days before the actual handoff. Again NH was ok with this.

If Sissy is the DPOA MPOA & she objects, well that could be an issue. If this is more of what's happening, hubs is going to need to smooth this over with his sister.
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My sister in law comes to all my mom's care plan meetings. I suspect that the PoA can invite anyone s/he chooses, as can the patient.

Are you being told that you can't attend? Do you assist in caregiving? In our case, since my mom is in a nh near brother and sil, she's mom's most frequent visitor and is our eyes and ears. She also manages mom's money. So she's an integral part of the care team.
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Legal issues? I doubt it. But what kind of a care plan meeting is this? At a care center?
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how could there be legal issues? aren't you part of the family? I don't think I understand your question, is someone objecting to your 'sitting in', and why?
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