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Health Information Privacy: What is HIPAA and Why Must We Know It?
By: Rachelle Wolfe, MBA-Health Care Management, RCFE Cert # 6034007740

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the rules on who can use and release health information. 

A senior with dementia may need someone to speak on their behalf regarding finding Dementia Care.  It is required by HIPAA that only the senior needing dementia care or their authorized representative is permitted to release their health information. 

We believe in protecting Patient Privacy Rights.  A Referral Agent recommending Dementia Care options must follow HIPAA guidelines.  That means that if someone calls us and shares healthcare information for another individual, we can only accept that communication if the person providing the information is authorized according to HIPAA.

Senior Care Facilities also must follow HIPAA.  We look for senior living options that are licensed to handle the care and we share with them only the information you allow us to share.  Once you decide which senior living facility you choose, the facility will provide a Physician's Report to be filled out by a doctor prior to admission.  A Referral Agent does not need a copy of this information.  It is between the senior (or their authorized representative) and the Senior Care Facility (Assisted Living or Dementia Care) to obtain this medical information.

To know more about Assisted Living facilities following HIPAA, please contact the State of California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division at (800) 952-5253 or visit:

If you are the Personal Representative for a senior with dementia, we recommend this site: