What HIPPA Means for You

Carol F. Barton The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a law that protects the privacy of medical records.  The law was written for the protection of the patient/consumer. Basically, HIPAA: Gives patients more control over their...

Your Health Care Proxy: Does it Do what You Want?

By Carol Barton One of the most important legal documents that you should have before you need medical care is a health care proxy. Most of us are not eager to think about a future that involves a personal medical catastrophe; consequently, we don’t plan for such an...