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  •  I was just wondering about this. (1+ / 0-)
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    To me, POA governs financial affairs. Now, many people who execute a POA do a Health Care Proxy at the same time so might refer to them together but in my experience they do not cover the same things. Still, I'm not from that part of the country so the rules may be different.

    Re: the HIPPA waiver, that is usually done in the doctor's office & updated at each visit and usually at admission to the hospital. You just list the people with whom they can discuss your case but it does not convey any decision making power. For example, the case manager where I work is on the HIPPA list for many of the tenants but he cannot give permission for treatment. Still, if they went to the trouble to do a power of attorney they most likely took care of this since the attorney would almost certainly raise the question.

    Whatever the case, it is unconscionable that someone would not permit a person's spouse to remain with him.

    Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket?

    by gelfling545 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 12:55:01 PM PDT

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    •  It all depends (0+ / 0-)

      on the terms of the POA. Most are financial only, yes, but a lot are not. You could pretty much draft any kind of powers for your POA holder, as long as you include what they are in the document.

      The reason I bring HIPPA up is a lot of people, elderly especially, created their POAs long before HIPPA, and aren't aware they now need a second document. Given these men have been partners for five years, yes, it's probably likely their attorney had them sign a HIPPA waiver at the POA signing.

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      by bacchae1999 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 09:20:47 AM PDT

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