Re: Can Medicial Information Be Shared with Step Parent
It's a shame when divorced couples take their pissy arguments to such extremes they involve others such as this.
You would be limited by the HIPAA laws as far as I know. So, you should probably make an effort to determine who has "legal" custody of the children. If the mom has full legal custody, then dad cannot give permission to release information about the children. If there is joint legal custody, get dad to sign a HIPAA release for the kids to allow you to disclose information to stepmom. Then, if mom argues, tell her you have a HIPAA release and if she disagrees with it, she needs to take dad to court to get a ruling. There is no reason this should be involving you.
as to the insurance information; there is nothing you can do about the stepmom getting an EOB. That is between her, the legal custodian of the children, and the insurance company.
You can if you want and to avoid your involvement in the pissing match between the parenst, you might consider it. It's your practice. You can require them to have Pres, Obama call you to make appointments if you want. I would do what is in your best interest and what causes you the least grief.
Can we stop the step-Mother from making appts.
there is no way around that if it is stepmoms insurance. That doesn't mean you have to disclose private information though.
or calling about insurance issues with regard to the kids?
If it was me, I would have mom and dad (and leave step mom out) and you have a meeting where they either agree to some solution or (and I hate to suggest losing a patient but) take their business and squabbles elsewhere. It is ridiculous to cause problems such as this with professional service providers.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.