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A time limit on a HIPAA-compliant medical release?

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How long is a HIPAA-compliant, signed medical release valid?

How long is a HIPAA-compliant, signed medical release valid?

It depends. There's no statutory time period within which a release must expire. However, under HIPAA, an authorization to release medical information must include a cutoff date or event that relates to who's authorizing the release and why the information is being disclosed. For example, say a patient is contemplating a lawsuit against his physician. He could sign a HIPAA authorization that allows his attorney access to his medical records until "the end of any litigation" against that doctor.

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