Patient’s Guide to HIPAA – Uses and Disclosures: What Can I Do if I Foolishly Signed an Authorization?
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FAQ 63: What Can I Do if I Foolishly Signed an Authorization?
You can revoke the authorization, but you have to do it in writing. Your ability to revoke an authorization is restricted if a covered entity has taken action in reliance on the authorization or if the authorization was obtained as a condition of obtaining insurance coverage.
Remember that revoking an authorization may not be enough. The covered entity that you authorized to disclose your records must receive a copy of your revocation. If the authorization was obtained by a third party, you should make sure that the third party receives a copy of the revocation. If a third party obtained the authorization for your records from a specific hospital, formally notifying the hospital in writing that you revoked the authorization is also important.
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