Looking for something my Dad can sign now while he is still competent. My husband and I just had our living wills/trust done, not least to ensure that a supplemental needs trust was in place for my Dad (who has a progressive dementia), should anything happen to us. One of the docs that was prepared for us by our estate planner was a "HIPAA Authorization for Release of [my/my husband's] Protected Health Information." It is a general authorization/release form (signed and notarized) that allows each of us NOW to authorize a specific person/specific people to request/receive our protected medical information, with the specific intent of ensuring that these representatives can discuss our medical situations, obtain advice from others or facilitate decisions regarding our health care when we otherwise may not be able to do so.
I would very much like to find a similar form that would be "good" in Oregon, where my Dad lives (we live in California, and the form prepared by our estate planning attorney is full of references to California code), that I could get prepared, signed, and notarized while Dad is still competent to understand the purpose and consquences of signing such a form. Currently, we have to request (and he has to sign) a HIPAA form at every doctor's office he visits, and these are only "good" for a year -- the form my husband and I signed for our own estate planning purposes does not expire until two years after our death, and that's what I'm looking for where my Dad is concerned. I'm very concerned that given the progressive nature of his dementia, somewhere down the road, he will no longer have the capacity to sign such forms. I want him to be able to sign something now that I can give to doctors and hospitals down the road that will carry the same legal weight.
I DO have a durable power of attorney for him, but would like a specific HIPAA authorization release, since this is what doctor's offices and hospitals seem to require. But I've searched and searched the Web for "HIPAA authorization Oregon," "HIPAA authorization release form Oregon," and so on, and can turn up nothing like what I'm looking for.
Does anyone know where I can find such a form?