It’s a pretty common scenario. A family member contacts a treatment provider about a loved one with mental illness, only to be told, “I can’t speak with you – HIPAA prohibits it.” In reality, though, there are many ways HIPAA permits doctors to talk with caregivers.
HIPAA for Caregivers provides ways to further pursue specific areas of interest. We offer articles on these subjects:
- HIPAA Hints – How caregivers can best approach HIPAA, to their benefit
- Family Education – Helpful hints for families with loved ones experiencing mental health conditions
- Advocacy – Information about HIPAA for Caregivers efforts to change policy
- Personal Stories – Accounts from caregivers that others can learn from
- In the News – See where HIPAA for Caregivers is making news!
Years ago, when my loved one’s psychiatrist told me that one of the symptoms of schizophrenia is that people don’t know they are ill – “anosognosia” – it blew my mind. Since then, I have learned quite a lot about anosognosia.
The July issue of a journal features HIPAA for Caregivers in the article, “Families Detail Years of Anguish, Pain As They Plead for Changes to Privacy Rule.”
We’ve all heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. However, a family member living in support of a loved one with a mental health condition often faces another form of stress disorder – compassion fatigue. This is also referred to as “Secondary Traumatic Stress,” or STS.