I was at a doctor’s office, and in all of those forms was something that said something along the lines of
I authorize the doctor to discus my medical status as his patient with government agencies. However, I know that I would generally need to authorize such a release of my medical records. Does this actually void such rights?
When I go to http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/notice-privacy-practices/ , it explains that
I suppose this is a two-part question:
1) Does "medical status" include past diagnoses that are no longer being treated by the doctor? (Eg. suppose someone has arthritis but is no longer treated for it by the doctor. Is this medical history part of their "medical status"?)
2) Does signing such a release actually allow the doctor to release such records without additional consent?