It’s back to school time again. Do you have a college student getting ready to leave home? What about a niece, nephew, or neighbor that is ready to begin the college journey?
Now that these “children” are considered adults in the eyes of the law, there are protections you should consider implementing so that you can still speak with their doctors. You or other loved ones may not have access to medical information or treatment plans, even in the event of an emergency. An effective way to address this challenge is to have the student sign advance health care directives (Designation of Health Care Surrogate and HIPAA release) before the student leaves home. Equally important is that the documents are readily accessible to parents and health care providers.
The process is simple and will take only a few minutes to ensure family access to medical information. Our program for college students offers the following benefits:
1. Designation of Health Care Surrogate appointing someone to make medical decisions in case of the student’s inability to do so (typically the student’s parent or parents).
2. HIPAA Release detailing who should be allowed to have access to medical records and be able to speak with physicians about treatment and status.
3. Enrollment in the DocuBank I.C.E. (in case of emergency) program a national health care document storage and recovery system that provides ready access to the documents by medical professionals on a 24/7 basis.
4. Wallet Card for the student that includes how to access their health care documents and emergency contact information.
5. Alerts for medical professionals of allergies and medical conditions your child may have.
If you are interested in this program, please contact us at (904) 448-9978 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $250 for the first child and $150 for each additional child in the same family. This includes enrollment in the I.C.E. program for a full four years.
Our thoughts are with all of our families sending students to college, particularly those who are leaving the nest for the first time.