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I posted yesterday a question regarding Mom's behavior. The response I got was so appreciated.

My next question: Will DPOA for healthcare and finances make it possible for Mom's primary care Dr. to meet with me without Mom present? He is a geriatric specialist. I want to discuss her behavior, and request a full psychological evaluation.

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Since the DPOA that you have is for health as well as finances, it should have the proper language written into it to support you through the HIPAA requirements. That's the purpose of the document. As Jeanne said, a geriatrician especially should not give you problems.
I hope the appointment goes well.
Carol
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Probably. I think he needs a HIPPA waiver form, but since you are authorized to sign documents on her behalf, that should be enough.

Call his clinic and see. The receptionist should be able to answer that question.

Also note that HIPPA regulates when doctors cannot talk to a relative or other person about someone's health, but it does not require them to talk even if circumstances allow it. So it is possible the doctor would say no to your request, but I think that very unlikely for a geriatrician.

Go ahead and ask!
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Indeed sweetie... Worst thing that can happen is the doctor will not talk with you. It never hurts to ask. Typically when they hear the words POA no matter what form it comes in, well you know my case with mom and the people that took that woman's word for her supposedly having any form of POA. You know anything could happen no matter whether it is right or wrong. Glad you made the call, it may take them a day or two to get back with you. Especially, if that doctor is a favorite of many or the only one in their specialty in the area. Deep breath and hang in there. If not that doc, try one of her other docs. Since many seniors have several docs they deal with. One may "slip up". The odds are with you. lol Hugs!
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If the doctor is hesitant at first --- I don't have POA, so strictly speaking, my mother's doctor shouldn't talk to me. But I called, told him that I understood HIPAA, understood there were things he might not be able to share with me, but that I wanted to tell him some of my own observations and concerns and hear whatever he felt he COULD say. We met, he got to know me, and then he opened up a lot. Now I can call him with any concern, and he gets back to me directly or through his P.A.. We're working together for my mother's benefit. Doctors are busy; you have to make your requests for his time fit into his schedule.
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Thanks for the info. Mom's Dr. was out when I called. I'm waiting for his office manager to talk with him and get back to me, hopefully he will agree to see me.
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I agree all he can do is say no. Also great suggestion from realtime on letting him know I am willing to work with him on whatever level of disclosure he is comfortable with, even if it means just telling him my observations. So far his office manager has not returned my call. Hopefully I'll hear something soon.
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Just keep us in the loop. =)
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Still no return call, :( I may call his office again tomorrow or Monday.
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