Spouse

Court clarifies HIPAA definition of 'personal representative' in ruling on Florida nursing homes case

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Nursing home residents' spouses and attorneys-in-fact do not necessarily meet the definition of "personal representatives" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so providers should not automatically make residents' personal health information available to these parties, a federal appeals court recently ruled.

Spousal caregivers of dementia patients are more likely to develop dementia themselves

People who care for a spouse with dementia are six times more likely to develop dementia themselves than spouses of people without dementia, according to new research.